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Venice Biennale 2012: Voices / Malaysia Pavilion

Venice Biennale 2012: Voices / Malaysia Pavilion
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© Nico Saieh

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. - Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1921)

The limits of our minds are reflected by the limiting capacity of our language. All the world we know is shaped by our external circumstances, which can be expressed through thoughts and outward expressions – our voices. The voice is typically regarded as a vocal manifestation; but it can also be visual and literal.

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© Nico Saieh

Architects are heard in different voices, each of which is shaped by the environment and accumulated experiences. The Malaysian voice is one that is circumscribed by a unique sphere of experience surrounded by cultural diversity, different languages, and a fast-changing physical environment.

The Voices exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition consists of various abstract interpretations of each Malaysian architect’s own work in the context of the environment. Voices is the thematic common ground that provides the common platform for varied expression. Each expression is a voice, a three-dimensional architectural narrative.

The individual Voices are framed by an armature that is a metaphor for sound waves, which carry along the individual Voices. While Voices is the thematic common ground, the pervasive sound wave is the common carrier where all the voices can be heard in consonance.

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Venice Biennale 2012: Voices / Malaysia Pavilion" 13 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884