RIBOCA 1

"Change is a constant and imperceptible process. Nothing remains the same and yet it often feels as if things are fixed, solid certainties. [...] Our world seems to be ever accelerating. [...] The 1st Riga Biennial will reflect on the phenomenon of change – how it is anticipated, experienced, grasped, assimilated and dealt with at this time of accelerated transitions..."
- Katerina Gregos, Chief curator, 1st Riga Biennial

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Permanence

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Temporality

The change of perception and attitude towards the passage of time becomes evident in architecture through the common use of technologies and materials. Whereas once the longevity of a building was almost unquestioned - buildings where designed to stand forever - increasingly more often issues such as speed, flexibility and temporality come to forefront. The apparent lightness of such approach is facilitated by technological advances that silently have changed the way how the spaces surrounding us are formed.

The change of perception and attitude towards the passage of time becomes evident in architecture through the common use of technologies and materials. Whereas once the longevity of a building was almost unquestioned - buildings where designed to stand forever - increasingly more often issues such as speed, flexibility and temporality come to forefront. The apparent lightness of such approach is facilitated by technological advances that silently have changed the way how the spaces surrounding us are formed.

The change of perception and attitude towards the passage of time becomes evident in architecture through the common use of technologies and materials. Whereas once the longevity of a building was almost unquestioned - buildings where designed to stand forever - increasingly more often issues such as speed, flexibility and temporality come to forefront. The apparent lightness of such approach is facilitated by technological advances that silently have changed the way how the spaces surrounding us are formed.

Our proposal seeks to embed the contemporary sense of temporality in the physical presence of the biennale. Typical aluminium drywall construction frames are exposed creating the necessary conditions for momentarily exhibiting artworks in buildings that have not been originally intended for this. The historical venues are confronted with the contemporary construction methods, some already left from previous uses, others added for the biennale. The buildings allow to witness their permantent state of change.

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Plan of the Valley Temple of Khafre

Many of the earliest human buildings were designed as arrangements of rooms, as opposed to the logic of arranging walls. Room shapes seem to be decided based on their functionality and carved out of a monolithic mass.

Many of the earliest human buildings were designed as arrangements of rooms, as opposed to the logic of arranging walls. Room shapes seem to be decided based on their functionality and carved out of a monolithic mass.

Many of the earliest human buildings were designed as arrangements of rooms, as opposed to the logic of arranging walls. Room shapes seem to be decided based on their functionality and carved out of a monolithic mass.

Many of the earliest human buildings were designed as arrangements of rooms, as opposed to the logic of arranging walls. Room shapes seem to be decided based on their functionality and carved out of a monolithic mass.

Exhibition venues require forming new partitions to accommodate artworks. Our approach suggests creating series of variated spaces, each shaped specifically to fit the respective art. These spaces are carved out of a "mass" formed by rows of standard drywall aluminium studs. The thousands of years old principle of creating spaces is revisited through contemporary construction means, creating a "glitch" in the logic of technological advancements.

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Project data

Type: Exhibition architecture
Location: Riga, Latvia
Curator: Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art
Architecture: GAISS (Kārlis Melzobs, Arnita Melzoba)
Timeline: 2018
Status: Pitch proposal