Venice Biennale
Venice, IT / Competition
2010
LLAC architects: C. Antipas, L. Liefooghe

Two rooms of the pavilion are accessible, the lobby and the central room.
The central room is transformed into a cyclorama.

A cyclorama is the three-dimensional equivalent of a "blue screen". It is used in photographic studios to isolate the photographed object from its context. To do this the spatiality of the room is erased: the corners of the room are rounded, and the space is exposed to a homogeneous light.
At the center of the room is a 1:10 scale model of the pavilion itself. The model is made of white lacquered steel plates.
Within the model the cyclorama is reproduced.

A projection using a pepper-ghost illusion is projected in the model showing time delayed images taken from a camera at the entrance of the main room. The visitor can see himself entering in the space he is looking at.

Two cameras are in the main room, one on the side, one on the ceiling.
Simultaneously both cameras take a picture every 15 minutes; reproducing an architectural plan and section of the main room.
In the lobby the visitor can find a printer and binding machine.
The catalogue is printed here. Every spread is comprised of the plan shot and the section shot taken in the main room during the previous 15 minutes.
Every 15 minutes a new page is added to the catalogue and the previous is erased.
The visitor can take the catalogue at the end of her visit to the pavilion.
The catalogue, model and cyclorama have the same function.

They return the visitor back to himself and question the idea of the architecture exhibition.
That is; even if architectural means are used - the model, the section, the plan - the exhibition does not refer to an architectural project. It is the experience of architecture rather than its presentation that is represented here.
By not asserting its presence, the pavilion architecture depicts the visitor's experience.
In this void created between the pavilion and its model only the visitor remains. It is in this void that the portrait of the "tourist-visitor" is captured.
I was there.