Venice Biennale, Italy
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The 17th Biennale Architettura, titled ‘How will we live together?’, is curated by Hashim Sarkis and organized by La Biennale di Venezia.
‘We need a new spatial contract’ – says curator Hashim Sarkis. ‘In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together … In effect, the Biennale Architettura 2021 asserts the vital role of the architect as both cordial convener and custodian of the spatial contract.’
For this occasion, SOS is collaborating with Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hadeel Ibrahim, activist; Caroline A. Jones, professor of art history at MIT; Mariana Mazzucato, professor and founding director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London; Kumi Naidoo, ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity; and Mary Robinson, chair of the Elders and adjunct professor of climate justice at Trinity College, Dublin.
The group of architects, designers, and artists participating in the 2021 Biennale Architettura is the most geographically diverse in the exhibition’s history. This multiplicity of voices was an occasion for us to reflect on the UN-inspired question, what could a multilateral assembly of the future look like? We invited all Biennale Architettura participants to join us in imagining this congregation by nominating more-than-human ‘stakeholders’ from their local situations.
SOS takes the knowledge and principles derived from our experience in an art studio and expands that experience into architectural projects, such as parks and landscapes, buildings and pavilions, and installations in urban space. Drawing from our network of research and cultural institutions, corporations, and individuals, we form a broad vision for each project, guaranteeing its success within its own complex reality.
Our works arise from the concepts they contain, the people who shape their development, the situations they originate within, the process of their design, the production of their parts, and the reality they form. These perspectives shape our approach to the practice of art and architecture.
We see museums as places of engagement, where visitors do not escape from the world but rather can examine the world – and themselves – in even more detail. Common sky amplifies this type of engagement. The artwork’s structure emerges asymmetrically from the courtyard to form a striking contrast with the symmetrical Bunshaft building.
Studio Other Spaces is constructing a permanent work of art (as yet still untitled) on the 15th and 16th floors of the Morland Mixité Capitale project in Paris. The two-part permanent installation, consisting of a mirror ceiling on the 15th floor and a series of reflective kaleidoscope boxes installed along facades of the 16th floor, transforms the top two floors of the existing Morland building into an immersive optical device, dematerializing and blending the panoramic views of the city below and sky above.