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New Zealand shows at the Venice Architecture Biennale

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13.07.2018

Venice Architectural Biennale 2018
Until November 25

At the bi-annual Venice Architectural Biennale two years ago New Zealand architects mounted the exhibition Future Islands at Palazzo Bollani. It was an impressive display featuring more than 100 models of New Zealand buildings and attracted much interest as had the exhibition of photographs of New Zealand architecture in 2014.

Architectural biennales have much to offer potential partners, both internationally and in New Zealand, with brand exposure to existing and overseas clients, the construction industry, the architecture and design schools at universities, local and central government planning and building agencies. They also reinforce the idea that New Zealand is a creative and talented country.

This year the lack of funding from various organisations, including Creative New Zealand which funds the art biennale, meant New Zealand missed the opportunity to promote the country's architecture and architects on the world stage.

Many of the concepts addressed at this year’s biennale, which had the overall title of Freespace, were relevant in the wider geopolitical world while others were closely connected with countries like New Zealand.

But the country has not gone unnoticed, with three New Zealand works on show; an installation about the unseen spaces of the environment, an architectural project undertaken by students of the NC State College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina and a sculpture by New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield.

Simon Twose of the School of Architecture at Victoria University in collaboration with Jules Moloney, Anastasia Globa and Jesse Simpson of Deakin University exhibited Canyon, a spatial sound design installation in which a series of soundscapes and a space lined with crumpled black distil the architecture of the canyon, the unseen marine trench and spaces such as volcanic caves. Canyon........

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