Athens by sound-11th Biennale di Venezia
Greek Pavillion11th Venice Architecture Biennale
14.09.08 – 23.11.08
Athens by sound (text by A.Karandinou)
Architecture is not only what is built. Architecture is constituted of different kinds of aspects; material and immaterial ones. The atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, the possibility of interaction between human bodies,…, they all do constitute characteristics of space, that have been increasingly studied within architecture research, worldwide. Within this field of thought about the beyond-the-built (Architecture Beyond Building), we focus on a particular non-material spatial aspect: the sound.
We create, thus, an interactive sonic map of Athens, which presents in an unexpected way fragments of the atmosphere of the city. How would a non-visual map look like? What would it be like if you wandered within a forest of headphones, playing sounds of spots of Athens? What would it be like if you found yourself in a ‘map’ that would only appear when you walked in it? How would it be like if the map only appeared if you invited one more person to be with you?
The Greek pavilion challenges the abovementioned questions through an atmospheric interactive space, presenting fragments of sounds and visual sequences of Athens. The visitor re-creates the space around him, by his own presence and movement. The map appears only where he walks and/or when he invites one more person to sit next to him. The bodies of the visitors react with one another and with the space itself, creating a dynamic, changing field. This walk in the pavilion, takes you ‘out there’, through invisible Athens.
The pavilion actually brings forth the beyond-the-material, the beyond the built, the almost unreachable, elusive aspects of space, such as the sound, the non-visual senses, the atmosphere. It challenges, thus, the limits of architecture, the limits of what can be mapped and re-located and what cannot….