Ecstasies of Influences: Studiolo Wall is a curatorial infrastructure dedicated to the cognitive surplus of the architectural metaphor and the eclectic exploration of how ideas and images, forms and materials influence one another, and reshape over time.
At the heart of this approach is the Biennale’s idea of the collage as ‘the assembly of previously made materials, often in a fragmentary or worn state, and repurposing them within a new, but unstable framework.’ The Studiolo Wall is such an ́unstable framework ́ that draws its inspiration from multiple outside sources.
Walls are the fundamental element of all architecture and its most powerful instrument. Walls are ubiquitous and their arrangement sets out the spatial matrices within which our lives are defined. They demarcate a before and a behind. Literally and metaphorically, walls however have two sides to them.
While the external effect of the principal wall suggests a plain surface, its interior accommodates a complex inner life of miniature spaces, cupboards and alcoves that create transitions between the two sides of the wall. The inhabited wall is inspired by the Italian Renaissance studiolo, a little cabinet furnished with books, scientific instruments and works of art and nature, devoted to the scholar’s study and retreat.
Painted in chalkboard black, the Studiolo Wall invites the public to pick up a piece of chalk and openly share their personal thoughts and influences, and revisit what others have inscribed on the wall.
As a discursive exhibit suspended within the main exhibition, the Studiolo Wall operates as an interface for social and epistemological action. It argues for an understanding of architecture beyond its functional denotation as a performative metaphor and apprehensive model in its intervision of diverse degrees of meaning.
Team: Kenneth Chow, Sebastian So, Adeline Chen, Giulia Valese