Plots Prints Projections - exhibition in conjunction with La Biennale di Venezia
Plots Prints Projections is an exhibition curated by Ulrika Karlsson as part of the collateral event Greenhouse Garden – Reflect Project Connect, in Serra dei Giardini in conjunction with La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Architettura 2018.
In Praise of Shadows
TAF & Katja Pettersson
Exhibition design: Brrum
Graphic design: Stinsensqueeze
Plots Prints Projections
Through a series of plots, prints and projections the exhibition at Serra dei Giardini engages different perspectives on architectural representations, projections and materialisations of these architectural worlds into built form, in the meeting with the manufacturing industry and the dynamic material wood, specifically pine. In response to the main theme of the Biennale Architettura 2018 – Freespace, the exhibition Plots, Prints and Projections, investigates architectures generosity and ability in mediating between the abstract and concrete, between the physical and the digital, the artificial, fictional and the real. These entwined relationships continue to produce sensibilities where our understanding of the division is becoming blurred.
The climate-controlled environment of the 19th century greenhouse of iron, cast iron and glass, Serra dei Giardini, acts as the context of departure for the exhibition. At the outset iron was made to imitate wood, and “techniques of wood construction were simply transposed to iron” (Sigfried Giedion/Walter Benjamin). This instability in the reading of a material pose questions about materiality and its inherent qualities explored in the exhibition. A greenhouse concerns a regulated climatic condition for optimizing growth of specific plants. Whereas forestry, for the production of timber, is defined as a science and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing forests. The cultivation of forests and the use of wood in architecture continue to have cultural, social, political and ecological implications.
The exhibition consists of large scale spatial installations, an artificially controlled atmosphere and a garden loggia that will serve as a stage. Through spatial sequencing and proximities of the installations, the exhibition aims at producing a dialogue between the different structures and their materiality.
Greenhouse Garden – Reflect Project Connect is a collateral event initiated by Architects Sweden, Folkhem, Swedish Wood, hosting partner Microclima, promoter Swedish Institute. A Swedish event consisting of an exhibition, a temporary wooden pavilion, by In Praise of Shadows architects, and a series of seminars and workshops on architecture, the built environment and the global goals of Agenda 2030, as well as how architecture and wood can be part of it.