A COMMON PASSAGE
Open call organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Spanish pavilion and Belgian pavilion for the 16th Venice Biennale. (February 2018)


A COMMON PASSAGE is a proposal to understand the pavilions in the Giardini Venice as part of a common space. Common as shared, but also as plain.

A long line of tables is conceived as an extrusion of the given perimeter[1], marked by an invisible line, defining the space alongside and between the Spanish, Belgian and Dutch pavilions. This proposal argues that borders are never mere lines, but rather spatial situations that, by their nature imply interaction, rather than division.

A new spatial scenario, a place for encounters, discussions and knowledge exchange that at the same time neutralizes the importance of the individual existing doors for each of the pavilions, making them part of a common scenario, rather than considering them as solitary entities.

— Prototype to be applied in Giardini: the new collective space supported by
the line of tables could be considered as a prototype to be applied to other pavilions, which could be the first stage of questioning the concept of national pavilion exhibitions altogether.


[1] perimeter
pəˈrɪmɪtə
noun
1. the continuous line forming the boundary of a closed geometrical figure.
synonyms: circumference, outside, outer edge, the outermost parts or boundary of an area or object.
synonyms: boundary, border, frontier, limits, outer limits, bounds, confines, edge, margin, fringe(s), periphery, borderline, verge
antonyms: centre, middle, heart

2. an instrument for measuring the extent and characteristics of a person‘s field of vision.


© Project in collaboration with Pavle Stamenovic and Hannes Rutenfranz