A video installation made for the Croatian pavilion at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture.
“This year’s Croatian pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Exhibition presents different struggles currently taking place in various Croatian cities. The exhibition, Unmediated Democracy demands Unmediated Space, interprets the topic of common ground by directly asking the protagonists of those collective conflicts how they imagine a common future across and beyond market or state, private or public mediation. The “desires, constrains and potentials expressed in these sites of conflict” are a part of the wider wave of international protests that are demanding a real direct and unmediated democracy. The demands, gathered on the ground through a series of investigative interviews, form the basis for a possible planning strategy, while their resistance tactics become patterns that could shape a common territory. The Croatian pavilion focuses on how these demands could allow us to imagine the configuration of possible unmediated spaces. It is organized around three sections: Context, Map and Devices.
The core of the pavilion is shaped by the pulsating images projected through a series of parallel screens that depict the atmosphere of different moments of revolt. A video installation, created by Igor Bezinović and Hrvoslava Brkušić, deploys the actual events of the dramatic struggles taking place in different cities throughout Croatia of which some has been documented by the protagonists themselves. The context is additionally described through Siniša Labrović’s performance at the very same places of struggle, and Pulska grupa’s videos.”
Karissa Rosenfield, Arch Daily