Venice Biennale
9th International Architecture Exhibition
24.10.2004 - 30.10.2004

with Matteo Ghidoni, Ekaterina Golovatyuk

assistant: Sergei Sitar

collaborators: Stefano Baseggio, Fernando Lua Silva

students Polina Karpeeva (Samara), Lidia Koloyarskaya (Samara), Nicolay Pereslegin (Moskow), Anna Sajimova (Moskow), Lidia Smirnova (Moskow), Lidiya Malikovskaya (Nijniy Novgorod), Egor Ribin (Nijniy Novgorod), Denis Leontyev (St. Petersburg), Timur Kallimulin (Ufa), Ilya Makarjev (Ufa)

lecture Stefano Boeri


The participants to the seminar were invited to identify and analyze, by means of subjective experience, different modes of assimilation and re-definition of space through informal activities usually associated to the idea of “house”, such as the protection of privacy, hobbies, personal relations and so on.
Ten students were asked to collect documentary material about several aspects of their daily life and bring them to Venezia. In most of the cases participants have chosen to look at suburban places, minimally marked by human activities. These samples were used to formulate topics about the inhabited space during discussions and individual talks. The need to reach a new level of comprehension was emphasized, not only of the processes taking place in the city, but also of the evolution of subjective practices, and the modes of interaction with the environment.
Following this conceptual and analitic work, a group of students presented their analysis in the form of video works. A second group has designed and built a revisited form of Yurta (the traditional tent of the nomadic population of Siberia). It was made of plastic pipes structure and a nylon envelope. The Yurta was conceived as an exhibition place for the final results of the research, as a mode of spontaneous appropriation of the Russian Pavilion’s space and a metaphor of the revolutionary transformation, connected with exponential growth of mobility, of the contemporary metropolitan lifestyle.

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