26.05.18 – 25.11.18

16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Current Van Eyck participant Giulio Squillacciotti and Van Eyck alumnus Paolo Patelli participate together with Giuditta Vendrame in WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the presentation at the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Their Film Shore Leaves will be on view from the 26th of May until the 25th of November 2018 at the pavilion, located in the Giardini.

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.
The project, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Marina Otero Verzier, includes contributions by a group of architects, artists, designers, historians, musicians and theorists selected by the curatorial team and through a number of open calls. This collaborative endeavor seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. A domain of research and innovation that, despite its ongoing transformation of the built environment and bodies that inhabit it, is still largely devoid of a critical spatial perspective.

Delving into the invisibility of labor under automation, Shore Leaves offers an entry point to the everyday world of seafarers, when the pace of logistical handling slows down. The video documentation was produced during fieldwork aboard bulk carrier and container cargo ships harbored for loading and unloading in the ports of Rotterdam and Venice, and at the seafarers organizations that in both cities provide practical assistance and support to seafarers of all nationalities. Focusing on the spaces and gestures of this waiting time, the project confronts a reality that is generally concealed. Shore leaves are vital for the health and wellbeing of seafarers and they represent the short moments when sailors can connect with their families and friends. Industry demands for time saving procedures, advanced through port automation, and increased security measures ashore, put this right under pressure. The machinic efficiency in the circulation of the goods on which our economies are highly dependent has a counterpart: while human presence and labor are still indispensable and of infrastructural importance, human bodies strive to adapt to remodeled times and spaces and descend further beneath a threshold of visibility.

More information:

Trailer of the film Shore Leaves: https://vimeo.com/270980129


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