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2014 Venice Architecture Biennale
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Corderie Dell'Arsenale, Venice, IT

Towards a New Avant Garde: At the 2014 Venice Biennale, an event and installation questions how a new generation of architects defines “radical.”

Towards a New Avant Garde, a three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di
Venezia, brings together a new generation of Italian and international architects, confronting their motivations and work with the legacy of the radical architecture movement of the 60s and 70s. The series, taking place on Sunday, June 8, is complemented by a live-edited installation that reflects both the conversation on site and one happening simultaneously online. Produced by the New York-based consultancy Superscript, the discussions will feature a group of
talented and thought-provoking young architects, bringing them face to face with practitioners from an older generation and an international group of critics and provocateurs.
Towards a New Avant Garde, a three-part conversation series during the opening weekend of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia, brings together a new generation of Italian and international architects, confronting their motivations and work with the legacy of the radical architecture movement of the 60s and 70s. The series, taking place on Sunday, June 8, is complemented by a live-edited installation that reflects both the conversation on site and one happening simultaneously online. Produced by the New York-based consultancy Superscript, the discussions will feature a group of talented and thought-provoking young architects, bringing them face to face with practitioners from an older generation and an international group of critics and provocateurs.

The “Internationalization” discussion (June 8, 11am CST) focuses on the impact of Italian architecture beyond the country’s borders. Special guests, including architect and curator Joseph Grima and architect and professor Alessandra Cianchetta, alongside young Italian architects such as Itinerant Office’s Gianpiero Venturini and Behemoth’s Francesco Marullo, will consider questions of Italian influence and the importance of national identity for architects. For “Collective Action,” (June 8, 1pm CST) editor William Menking, join in a conversation about collaboration and self-organization, reflecting on architectural movements of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and the multi-disciplinary impulses of today. The last of three discussions centers on Economics” (June 8, 3pm CST), where architect, critic and publisher Ethel Baraona Pohl and others examine models of professional practice innovated by these young architects, asking ifthey provide clues for the future of the profession. Towards a New Avant Garde was developed in collaboration with the Hyperwerk Institute (Kevin Renz, Gabriel Meisel, Gabriel Kiefer, Fabian Ritzi, Ivo Ludwig, David Safranek, Matthias Maurer), and with contributions from Amelie Klein, Matthias Maurer, Niku Alex Mucaj, Becky Quintal, Fabian Ritzi, Elian Stefa, Fabrizia Vecchione, Malte Ziegler. This project is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Wallonie Bruxelles International (Belgium).

Within the main Monditalia exhibition at the Corderie dell’Arsenale, Towards a New Avant Garde addresses themes of Internationalization, Collective Action and Economics over the course of three moderated discussions. The live-edited installation, by French-Swiss interaction designer Thibault Brevet and the Brussels-based architecture firm DEVspace, publishes real-time commentary from the debate, which will be taking place both at the Arsenale and online, using the hashtag #stayradical. Superscript developed the event in collaboration with design historian Catharine Rossi and architectural researcher and writer Rossella Ferorelli. “We want to generate a different kind of conversation, where the audience is the main player of the event rather than a passive receptacle of information,” says Vera Sacchetti, a founding partner of Superscript. “By combining a spectacular large-scale ‘productive’ wall with online engagement, we’re aiming to create a new model for ongoing questioning and debate, while promoting a different kind of architectural reflection.”