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Korean Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennial 'not your typical show'

By Park Yuna

Published : April 14, 2023 - 18:19

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"The Game of Together How" by Our Labour (Our Labour)

The Korean Pavilion at next month's 18th Venice Architecture Biennale asks the question: How have our choices shaped the globe today? The architecture exhibition will lead visitors to reflect on the past, the present and think about the future.

The two artistic directors of the Korean Pavilion -- curator Jung So-ik and art professor Park Kyong -- have titled the exhibition which will run May 18- Nov. 26, “2086: Together How?” The overarching theme of the upcoming architecture biennale is “The Laboratory of the Future,” led by Ghanaian Scottish architect Lesley Lokko.

The Korean Pavilion will revolve around the year 2086, when the global population may reach its peak.

“The year itself is not important, but 2086 is expected to be the time when there may be many crises, including climate change and depopulation," said Jung at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul.

"We will not simply focus on urban design or design models. Rather, we will bring together social and psychological aspects to the show,” she said.

The exhibition will start with the research and design collaboration of three teams -- each team is composed of architects and community leaders.

Our Labour, a group of sculptors, architects and designers, will show “The Game of Together How,” an interactive quiz that asks 14 questions on social, economic and environmental issues. The idea is that the audience will be able to learn how our past decisions have shaped the present.

“We are very much focused on the architecture of political, economic and social infrastructure and dynamics. Our project is much about research, design, critical analysis and indicating some possible long-term future scenarios,” Park said.