TO THE BIENNALE’S QUESTION “HOW WILL WE LIVE TOGETHER?” THE DANISH ANSWER WITH “CONNECTEDNESS”
Con-nect-ed-ness: The Danish Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Architecture Biennale focuses on people’s connection with each other and with nature, in a total installation consisting of a giant cyclic system of water collected locally in Venice.
Visitors can experience a single, complete work that explores the concept of connectedness. With reference to the main theme of the Biennale Architettura 2021, “How will we live together?,” the Danish contribution reminds us of how architecture as an art form can render the invisible visible and evoke an indelible sense of connection between people and the Earth’s elements. In this exhibition, the thread is led by the course of water, but visitor experience isn’t limited to this particular element.
Working together, the exhibition architects Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, and curator Marianne Krogh, have created a total installation that completely transforms the Danish Pavilion. As part of the artistic and architectural approach, the existing architecture of the two pavilions is an integrated part of the exhibition. The pipes running throughout the building and the water collection tanks outside are visible. In the pavilion’s large hall, floor-to-ceiling textiles add a contrast and tactility to the simple raw structures, while a recycled floor from a former gymnasium has been transformed into a giant floating platform.
The exhibition asks the question: How can we (re)create a new, meaningful relationship with the world as a place where we recognize the fundamental condition that we are connected—not just with each other, but with all living beings? The dependence between humans and Earth as the basis for a sustainable future for all is illustrated by linking the pavilion’s installation directly to the planet’s own cyclic system.
May 22–November 21, 2021
Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
Giardini, Venice, Italy