The 13th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice: Giardini and Arsenale) will be open to public from the 29th August to 25th November 2012.
Kuwait National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) is pleased to announce Kuwait’s first participation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by David Chipperfield and titled Common Ground.
The Council acknowledges the role of architecture and urbanism in shaping emerging cultural and artistic production in Kuwait and the urgency of participating in the discussion platform that Venice Biennale offers. As a leading cultural institution in Kuwait, we are anticipating the diverse influences this opportunity will have on a growing professional culture of architecture.
Kuwait Pavilion at the Arsenale is an installation that explores the complex social dynamics of contemporary Kuwait society by mapping informal productions of urban culture and knowledge, while elaborating on the inherent potential of social gathering and communing within public and private grounds.
The installation, an acoustic map of conversations, reveals altitudes of talking / negotiating / communicating that network as marginal and mainstream spatial operations, and modes of gathering within the different urban and demographic zones. While marks on the ground of the Arsenale reflect upon the inclusion/exclusion nature of each gathering typology.
These operations or operative grounds and altitude, in their conceptualized condition, emerge as an organism generator of social and political biology and form new evidence recognized by the architectural community in Kuwait as a new ground to rethinking Kuwait’s urban and territorial identity and the lifestyles associated with it.
Special Thanks to Rayah Al-Sabah