The Creative Directors for next year’s Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale have been announced.
Melbourne-based architect Ivan Rijavec and Architectural Photographer John Gollings are heading the creative team including graphic designer David Pidgeon, astrophysicist Professor Jeffrey Shaw, architect and sound designer Nick Murray and 3D experts Sam Slicer and Daniel Flood, to present Australian Urbanism in a two-part “NOW + WHEN” presentation.
In a Cox-designed Pavilion, three of Australia’s most urban regions (Sydney, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise) will be shown as they are ‘now’, and then represented as they may be ‘when’ we reach 2100, via digital stereoscopic (three-dimensional) images.
“On the pavilion’s upper level, NOW will feature current urban environments … Stereoscopic visuals will show contrasting views of these cities from macro-scapes at 20,000 feet to ‘helicoptering’ views of urban and architectural icons at close range. All three cities will be filmed at dusk, when the “Australian urban spectacle becomes luminous and articulate in conveying the way our cities work”, the proposal states.
On the pavilion’s lower level, WHEN will imagine Australian urban spaces in 91 years time, with the intent of “catapulting urban debate into eye-popping visceral entertainment set in a soundscape”.
Australian architects will be asked to submit 3D entries for inclusion by entering ‘Ideas for Australian Cities 2100’, a national competition. A range of entries will then be chosen focusing on the creative potential of architecture.
“As countries around the world continue to move into a post-GFC economic recovery phase, it’s vital that Australia maximises every opportunity to reinforce the nation’s competitive strengths and standing on the world stage,” recently appointed Venice Biennale commissioner, Janet Holmes à Court, said.”
Personally, I find the proposal a little limiting – I think Australian architecture has a lot more to offer than just pictures of some urban cities. And pictures of what the future MIGHT look like – come on. What about what architects have actually managed to achieve in the Australian melting pot. We have such a range of physical, cultural and social environments and it would be great to see this depth of variety in a representation of our architectural community. Lets see the isolated communities, the small towns, the big towns, the mining camps, the isolated cities (like Perth and Darwin) – the full breadth of this wonderful country that really makes it unique, and the architecture that fits in to all of these varying contexts.
I don’t mean to be one of those architects who just knocks everyone else’s proposals but just had to add my opinion…