Another Generosity – Nordic Countries Pavilion | 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
La Biennale di Venezia
Commissioners: Juulia Kauste; Reetta Heiskanen (Museum of Finnish Architecture); Nina Berre (Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design); Kieran Long (ArkDes)
Curators: Eero Lundén; Juulia Kauste
Exhibition Design: Lundén Architecture Company in collaboration with BuroHappold Engineering and Aalto University
“Another Generosity” – Nordic Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, installation view; photos © Inexhibit
Another Generosity – the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale
Similarly to that presented at the 2016 edition, the 2018 Nordic Countries Pavilion, entitled Another Generosity, has been conceived as a meeting and debate space at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale.
Curated by Finland’s Eero Lundén – who also designed the exhibition together with his Lundén Architecture Company design studio – Another Generosity responds to the theme proposed by the Biennale’s curators by investigating a new type of generosity: not only that between human beings but also that between humans and natural environment.
The fundamental concept, not totally new yet always interesting, is that in the Anthropocene period we are living in – dominated by human actions that cause the major landscape, structural and climatic changes on our planet – architecture can be a means by which to establish a fruitful relationship between human activities and nature, aimed to create a symbiotic environment instead than an anthropocentric one.
Conceived as an occasion to explore the relationship between nature and built environment, Another Generosity invites the public to participate actively in the Nordic Counties Pavilion’s program of debates and seminars, but also in a more playful and “sensory” way through an interactive installation of great visual impact, composed of large translucent, milky “cells” scattered throughout the pavilion.
The cells, inflatable bubbles which contain air and water – the key elements on which our planet’s life is based –, react to external stimuli and atmospheric changes, and “mediate” between humans and natural realm; this way suggesting a new paradigm in which architecture is not a “machine” any more but has evolved into a sensitive organism.
“Another Generosity” – Nordic Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, installation views; photos © Inexhibit, May, 2018