Venice Architectural Biennale

Genevieve jumping at the Ai Weiwei exhibtion

We made three films for our friends and wonderful architects TAKA, a Dublin based architecture practice. The films were for the Architectural Biennale and what a whirl we had in Venice. Genevieve and I directed and produced a film triptych in collaboration with the architecture practice.

TAKA represented Ireland at the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2008, Ireland’s participatory exhibition was entitled  The Lives of Spaces, while TAKA’s individual piece was called Mnemonic Tectonics: Constructing Space through Memory and Ritual. The film was screened at the Biennale di Venezia OUTTHERE: Architecture Beyond Building and continued on a European tour to include an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 2010.

Each film of the triptych symbolically represents a period of time, the film shown below portrays the past.

‘A triptych of films charts the past home, enduring present lives and future spaces of the family. This anachronistic group faces each other as contemporaries in an introverted viewing space of reflection and layering. The object is conceived as a zoetrope, an early precursor to film, but one where the persistence of vision is replaced by the endurance of memory.’ TAKA

TAKA's Zoetrope for Venice

Venice Venue

Some exhibitions at the Biennale were better than others..........

Rainy evening in Venice with Phil's parents but at least we had a super cool Venice umbrella to keep us dry

Phil goes aerial in front of 'Beyond Building'

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