Being in a Bien­nale - in­ter­view #14: Mo­moyo Kai­jima & Laurent Stal­der - Ja­pa­nese Pa­vi­lion

Rassemblant une série de dessins collaboratifs, le Pavillon Japonais de cette année tente à travers l’instrument plus traditionnel de l’architecte, d’enregistrer et de documenter les changements politiques et environnementaux expérimentés par le Japon ces vingt dernières années. Nous retrouvons à Venise deux des curateurs pour comprendre à travers cette collection d'illustrations, de quelle manière l’architecture et la vie quotidienne des japonais ont réagi à cette profonde mutation sociale contemporaine.

Date de publication
29-10-2018
Revision
14-11-2018

Architectural Ethnography - Japanese Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2018, Giardini.

Commissioner: The Japan Foundation
Curator: Momoyo Kaijima with Laurent Stalder and Yu Iseki

Twentieth-century modernisation deeply transformed Japanese society, bringing on the one hand economic wealth and social wellbeing, and introducing on the other, increasing specialisation and divisions in society. In recent years, this transformation has been increasingly questioned, finding expression in a series of architectural projects. In this reappraisal, architectural drawings – the traditional tool to conceptualise, organise, and build space – have played a particular role. Besides being simply instructions for coming buildings, they are an ideal instrument to document, discuss, and evaluate architecture. As in ethnography, they allow usages, needs and aspirations to be investigated through the lens of the various actors – both human and non-human. They also form the basis on which a common approach in the design of individualised yet shared environments in today’s globalised society can be formulated. To this end, the exhibition proposes ‘architectural ethnography’ as a new methodology of social engagement.

[Texte de présentation repris du site de la Biennale de Venise 2018]

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