at 17th venice architecture biennale, pavilion of spain is an interactive means serving as a venue for reflection and adaption to the needs of a society in constant change. with ‘uncertainty’ as a slogan, a canarian team of four young architects — sofía piñero, domingo j. gonzález, andrzej gwizdala, and fernando herrera — was chosen for the curatorship of the spanish pavilion, presenting 34 projects. the pavilion invites visitors to participate in a range of questions emerging from the theme of the biennale ‘how will we live together?’.all images © imagen subliminal, unless stated otherwise
as the uncertainty team explains, the exhibition of the spanish pavilion, does not present a particular response to the question. they willingly sought to form an infinite chain of further topics that display one certainty. furthermore, the picked proposals that take place in the exhibition, are very heterogeneous with each other; the exhibition showcases projects that prioritize a creative process performed in a multidisciplinary way with a positive social impact.
the projects fuse architecture approaches with other fields, such as music, poetry, education, agriculture, cinema, dance, video games, or tourism. ‘uncertainty, as the antonym of certainty, appears as the opportunity to generate necessary thinking processes that respond to the realities of changing or unknown nature, those with limits that cannot be defined, or those which do not have any limits at all; therefore, influencing the nature of our certainties by eliminating their steadiness and forcing their evolution,’ says uncertainty.
taking shape as an uncertain platform in a continuous process, the exhibition is arranged into three sections. the experience starts with immersion in a heterogeneous cloud of portfolios, formed from thousands of sheets of paper. the space that frames the cloud includes an open process that reveals the continuous transformation of reality, inspiring visitors to explore the four side rooms and walk around a non-hierarchical landscape of abstract pieces
that represent the selected projects.
in the meantime, guests will cross a hall with an audiovisual projection mapping, where they will discover the sequence of interpretive operations used to select projects out of the cloud. during the tour, a play of lights, shadows, screens, and objects encourage the viewers to explore the boundaries between the diverse projects. the time interventions empower each project to emphasize the role of uncertainty as a generator of new opportunities.