"Horizontal Vertigo," Argentina Exhibit, Venice Architecture Biennale
Eventually I hope to do a comprehensive review of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Meanwhile, here's a view of the Argentina exhibit.
According to the curators, "Horizontal Vertigo crosses the folds of our territory by mapping its architectural production over the last decades, since Argentina’s return to democracy in 1983 to the present. Underlined by the turn of the century, this period has seen a variety of projects diverse in scale and program throughout the length and breadth of the country. Works that, perceived as a whole, compose a horizontal landscape where interventions and initiatives come circumstantially in contact, in dialogue, in resonance, finding synergic potential in immensity, where every idea and every initiative is equally prone to be projected, appropriated and reinterpreted in different contexts and new ways.
"Horizontal Vertigo proposes an optic scheme producing combined effects. First, the rupture of the spatial relations between container and content by confining the immensity of the landscape in a glass box, an architectonic act of defying perception in the manner of the countless tales of Borges. Second, the daring venture of building the vastness in the virtuality of reflections; the kaleidoscopic fragmentation of the skies and the geometrical repetition of grasses gives away the artificiality of the endeavor, breaking the mimesis but opening up new ways of perceiving space."