la Biennale di Venezia 2014
LOCATION: Venice, Italy PROJECT YEAR: 2014 STATUS: Completed TEAM: Mihai SIMA, Raluca SABĂU, Andreea IANCU, Anca TRESTIAN, Stejara TIMIȘ VIDEO: Manuela MARCOVICI, Paula ONEȚ SOUND: Tudor PETRE http://www.siteunderconstruction.ro https://vimeo.com/suc In Eastern Europe the assimilation of modernism proved to be a rather divergent process, correlated with tumultuous and contradictory socio-political events. The urban space suffered successive destructuring, caused by massive industrial insertions with direct impact at urban and demographic level. Once industrial sites were closed down, the remaining locations became modern urban ruins, devoid of content, bare of utility, leaving behind an outer landscape, shattering and desolate. The Romanian Pavilion brought in discussion the industrial architecture as generator of modernity into discussion. We created through the pavilion the idea of an initiatory journey from inter-war and socialist industrialization to post-industrial urban voids. Glory and void, past and present were mirrored and laid out to be contemplated, to raise awareness and be re-approached. The entire pavilion space reflected the mega urban space of a contemporary city, this being an indistinguishable black box, border-less. The black box represented in fact the city as background of the entire exhibition, faded, almost invisible. The only recognizable landmarks remained the three urban islands, animated by video projections of the industrial past ran in cinematic loops. The “islands” had a hyperboloid shape, referring to the silhouette of old industrial cooling towers, witnesses of the vanished industry, elevated towards the sky. Their interior void creates a metaphor of the decontextualized zones in the urban areas. These elements composed a neutral space, similar to a blank paper, white and pure, on which the visitor is invited to free his imagination and rewrite the stories told by the industrial relics, to give a new purpose for these past monuments. After the communist regime, the factories lost the state support and one by one they collapsed in ruin. Modern ruins. Today they are perceived by citizens, as being stains on the urban landscape, unaesthetic zones. However the value of these sites consists in their perception as an “imagination playground”, flexible, spaces that are waiting for a new identity. They have a particularly aesthetic, decadent, being in divergence with the regular public spaces of a contemporary city. They are spaces with a narrative potential, spaces of liberty that encourage many types of attitudes, especially a beginning of a new story.