Israel has unveiled its theme for the 2016 Venice Biennale: “LifeObject: Merging Architecture and Biology”. Their pavilion will be comprised of a large-scale sculptural installation and seven speculative architectural scenarios relating to Israel. The exhibition will focus on the relationship between biology and architecture, acting as a “research oriented platform.”
The curatorial team, including architects Bnaya Bauer, Arielle Blonder, Noy Lazarovich, scientist Dr. Ido Bachelet and curator Dr. Yael Eylat Van-Essen, invited seven groups of architects and scientists - among them Prof. Dan Shechtman, a Nobel Prize Laureate - "to synergize their knowledge, and reorient their approach towards architecture."
The exhibition includes both ideas that can be implemented as well as "new visions for the future," with examples ranging from using nano-materials to naturally control transparency in desert structures, to employing cancer treatment techniques to deal with urban densification.
A self-supported structure inspired by a 3D scan of a bird's nest sits at the center of the exhibition. Dubbed LifeObject, this structure "undulates and curves throughout the lower floor of the pavilion." Combining composite, smart and biological materials, LifeObject is a “living structure." Human presence around the structure opens a cabinet de curiosités, "filled with biological materials that are expected to have a significant impact on architectural design and construction."
The exhibition's conceptual foundation is 'resilience', "an essential element of biological systems that refers to their ability to cope with shock or trauma." This theme "bears increased significance upon Israel and its geo-political context, where states of crisis continually rise up, greatly influencing quality of life and spatial design."
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