Venice Biennale 2012: CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes / Chile Pavilion

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Cancha is a pre-hispanic Quechuan word that indicates a void that enables connections with our ground as well as among people. In urban terms, it is similar to the Spanish Plaza Mayor – the word is used in South America to designate an open space where the harvest is measured and distributed. Cancha is also the field for the ancient game of Palín, traditional of the Chilean Mapuches. Then, Cancha is the word used to comprehend the Chilean Ground, a common ground, which is not urban but territorial.

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The Cancha is established over a salt soil, taken straight from the Chilean desert, including three salt rocks that visitors can use to sit on. Floating over this soil, a series of boxes display the seven points of view from seven Chilean architects invited by the curators to think, discuss, and propose material in the context of the global relevance of the Biennale, to “think” from its ground in this critical moment of social change.

The invited architects and their visions are Pedro Alonso (Deserta), Elemental (Metropolitan Promenade), Susuka (Limitless Chile), Genaro Cuadros (Playground), Germán del Sol (Kancha), Iván Ivelic (Travesies of the Amereida) and Rodrigo Tisi (Performances of Conquest). Chilean artists Pedro Pulido & Iván Navarro created the Neon sculpture.

The videos used to represent the visions of the seventh architects were filmed and directed by Estudio Palma.

More photos and information about the curators after the break:

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The installation includes a light sculpture by Chilean artists Pedro Pulido & Iván Navarro.

CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes is co curated by Pilar Pinchart and Bernardo Valdés, and organized by the Architecture Department of the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y de las Artes.

Cite: Basulto, David. "Venice Biennale 2012: CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes / Chile Pavilion" 29 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=267550>