Submit Your Words for the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona
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in Barcelona, Katarzyna Krakowiak in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, photo: Anna Mas, center, krakowiak-fot-anna-mas.jpg
The artist Katarzyna Krakowiak, curator Marcin Szczelina, Ivan Blasi and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, cordially invite you to compose and build together a new structure, one that's both architectural and linguistic. It begins with you sending them one word – by 15th June 2020.
Is there a word that you would like to make last? Well, now you can, by making it part of a unique exhibition at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. The idea is to have the site's eye-catching architecture work together with the sound of people's voices and the words that they hold dear.
Emerging out of the current lockdown, the resulting composition is to be a vocal representation of our life together as a whole, to question its dimensions, its persistence, its dissolution, and its overlapping.
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The project's creator Katarzyna Krakowiak explains their thinking:
We are composing an architecture that speaks – not only with words, but also with the spaces between them that open up a territory of critical enquiry on architecture, language, our current and future community. It is a site of diversity and difference. A space of translations, both between the languages of the project participants and between architectural and linguistic structures. A space where the horizon constantly extends in as yet unknown directions.
With the recent pandemic an influence, she emphasises:
Let’s not postpone our lives. We do not believe in the time that comes ‘after all this is over’. What happens with our world is a continuum. There is no end after which everything returns to what it used to be. Let’s live and act together now.
There are three important questions to consider before sending in your word:
- What word would you propose as part of a polyphonic composition of multiple voices?
- What word would you like to take responsibility for?
- What word would you contribute to the life we all live together?
In order to contribute to the polyphonic composition of community voices, please email one word of your choice as an audio recording, complete with a short explanation of the reasons behind your choice, to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of Monday 15th June 2020.
Project by Katarzyna Krakowiak, curated by Marcin Szczelina and Ivan Blasi. Organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and supported by Instituto Polaco de Cultura en Madrid.
Source: press release; compiled by AZ, June 2020