Last Tuesday the last Conversation at the Llull of the quarter gathered the testimony of the curators of the two projects that represented Catalonia at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The speakers were the team of architects Jordi Badia and Félix Arranz, who curated Architectural Rowers in 2012, and Josep Torrents, curator of Grafting Architecture, which can be seen at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Àlex Susanna, director of the Institut Ramon Llull, chaired the discussion.
Susanna said that “we at the IRL are committed to taking to the Venice Architecture Biennale a number of projects that represent Catalan architecture studios, to show the vitality of the sector even in these difficult times”. Concerning visibility in Venice Susanna stated that “among over 170 exhibition projects it is really difficult to achieve a certain visibility and try to stand out”, although he claimed that “these Grafting Architectures we have taken this year to the Venice Architecture Biennale have met with an extraordinary reception internationally. But it should be said that their success is also due in part to the good reception given to our previous project Rowers”.
The three curators agreed that “a change of paradigm” is taking place in architecture. Badia recalled that that was the starting point of Rowers and that they chose “nine future architectural projects to demonstrate that transformation”. Along the same lines Torrents said that his idea “springs from a conviction that many architectural models are exhausted and it is time to create new ones”. “In total there are sixteen projects that show sixteen different ways of working from the attitude of what we have defined as Grafting Architectures”, he concluded. For his part Arranz is convinced that “with Rowers, we sowed some seeds that buck the trend of many present day architectures. And we think those seeds are already beginning to give new fruits”.
The Institut Ramon Llull promoted the Catalan presence at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and 2014, through a public competition to choose the curator. Moreover, since 2009 the IRL has promoted Catalan participation in the Venice Visual Arts Biennale.
One of the Conversations at the Llull, which focused on the Catalan participation in the Architecture Biennale
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