Biennalepavilions.com is an online event portal for the National Pavilions in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, where visitors can experience part of the biennale as a truly hybrid event.
It is a self-organised and independent initiative to offer the visitor who cannot travel to Venice, the opportunity to be a part of the Biennale Architettura 2021 exhibitions that are organised by the National Participants.
The website enables visitors – whether online or in Venice – to watch events and broadcasts in one place. In addition, visitors can quickly find key information about the exhibitions in the National Pavilions, browse the event calendar for upcoming, live and past events, and organise their personal schedule of events.
*This is an open community of National Pavilions of the Biennale Architettura. If you would like to join us, please contact the project lead from Estonian Centre for Architecture, Ragne Soosalu, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The initiative for this event portal was started by six National Pavilions* who belong to the Commissioner Group – a self-organised group of around 25 countries who are participating in this year's Biennale Architettura, and who have been meeting regularly since the summer of 2020, supporting each other and exchanging ideas and issues. The feeling of solidarity in this group of commissioners has been heart-warming and inspirational for getting through these difficult times of the pandemic.
This year, more than ever, the biennale has become a hybrid event due to the global pandemic – the new reality it has created has accelerated the use of digital tools and empowered the participating National Pavilions to create new ways of engaging with their audiences. Most countries are opting for online or hybrid opening events during the biennale opening week in May and will continue to disseminate their talks, seminars and other events online over the summer and in autumn.
The idea for a common digital platform grew out of the need to reach our audiences in times when restrictions are imposed on travel and public gatherings, and to provide biennale visitors with an opportunity to benefit no matter where they are physically. It creates a new layer of value for the visitors and for the pavilions themselves in addition to the physical events and exhibitions in Venice.
In these historic times, parallel to this initiative, we would like to highlight another similar initiative that has grown out of the Biennale Architettura 2021 participants – Curators Collective. Please visit their website here: http://curatorscollective.org
*Estonia (Estonian Centre for Architecture), Finland (Archinfo Finland), Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture), Great Britain (British Council), Lithuania (Rupert), Switzerland (Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia).
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12 May 2021 - press release
visit and experience the National Pavilions of the Biennale Architettura 2021 online
With the opening of the Biennale Architettura 2021, entitled “How will we live together?” curated by Hashim Sarkis quickly approaching on May 22nd, 2021 and following an intensely challenging year for culture, Biennale Pavilions www.biennalepavilions.com, a brand-new collective digital platform has been launched.
Borne of a collective sense of community, collaboration and exchange of ideas, the project enables visitors to also enjoy the contents of some of the National Pavilions of Biennale Architettura 2021online, ensuring the participation of a higher number of visitors in times of travel and public gathering restrictions.
The action was launched by six NationalPavilions, Estonia, Switzerland (Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia),Lithuania (Rupert), Great Britain (British Council), Finland (Archinfo), andGrand Duchy of Luxembourg (Luxembourg Center for Architecture) belonging to theCommissioner Group, who felt the urge to address the limitations imposed byCovid-19. So far, the initiative encompasses 19 countries, including in addition to the above, Austria, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Grenada,Kuwait, Latvia, Nordic Pavilion, Poland, Singapore, USA, The Netherlands, andTurkey — and will likely grow in the coming months, covering the entire duration of the event.
The Biennalepavilions.com website has been designed to add value to the national pavilions exhibits. It is the joint effort of various participating countries. This digital door to the frontline of architecture helps visitors and participants to stay tuned to the latest events and discussions from all over the world.
— Raul Järg, Commissioner and Director of the Estonian Centre of Architecture
This year, more than ever, La Biennale di Venezia has become a hybrid event due to the global pandemic — a new reality that has accelerated the use of digital tools and empowered the participatingNational Pavilions to create new ways of engaging with their audiences. Most countries are opting for online or hybrid inauguration events during the opening week in May 2021 and will continue to disseminate their talks, seminars and other events online over the summer and into autumn. Biennalepavilions.com will bring together all these events in one online hub, not substituting the main physical event, but enhancing its potentialities.
The web platform provides the visitor with different options to experience National Pavilions’ exhibitions and events online, and to find all important information in one place.
Visitors will be able to browse the calendar of events and save them in their own personal calendar in a single click, to filter the pavilions by relevant tags, browse each pavilion page for main information about their exhibitions, upcoming events, and to easily find all dedicated websites and contact information. Moreover, all events will stay accessible and can be re-watched anytime from the archive on the website.
The six countries worked in synergy, together with all the Commissioner Group members, to bring this initiative to life, relying onEstonia and its renowned technological advanced tradition for the virtual infrastructure. It’s no wonder that the country has has been hailed the “most advanced digital society in the world” (according to EU-Startups.com).
As well as being a necessity for challenging times, Biennalepavilions.com will also be a great medium with which to spread architectural knowledge tied to the Biennale Architettura 2021 around the world in an easily accessible way, potentially introducing a higher rate of engaged participants in the architectural debate.
The Biennalepavilions.com has been produced and coordinated by the Estonian Centre for Architecture in collaboration with the Commissioner Group.