irish pavilion installs drawing machine to highlight dementia at the venice biennale irish pavilion installs drawing machine to highlight dementia at the venice biennale
may 30, 2016

irish pavilion installs drawing machine to highlight dementia at the venice biennale

irish pavilion installs drawing machine to highlight dementia at the venice biennale
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losing myself’, the exhibition presented at the 15th international architecture exhibition of la biennale di venezia by the irish pavilion is a collaboration between architects níall mclaughlin and yeoryia manolopoulou. the exhibition explores the lessons learned through designing and revisiting buildings for people with dementia and is exemplified by a complex ‘drawing machine’ set at the heart of the space and appears to sketch out imagery onto the floor.

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different architects were invited to contribute with sketches
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the projection on the floor shows the plan of a building designed for people with alzeheimer’s disease located in dublin, ireland. the concept bases on when architects draw plans, they are able to visualize the overall view of the whole space and in contrast, the losing myself exhibit imagines the way in which people with dementia would experience the building.

 

‘dementia erodes the ability to remember where you have come from and to plan where you would like to go. it becomes progressively harder to situate yourself and to navigate your way in the world: two capacities central to the experience of architecture’

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the machine is set at the center of the room in the arsenale
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using a time-based projection, the machine ‘redraws’ the experience of this plan as collectively witnessed by sixteen people occupying the building over the course of one day. the coherent, fixed plan an architect depends upon can never be fully brought into being by the building’s occupants: they cannot use memory and projection to see beyond their immediate situation and no longer synthesize their experiences to create a stable model of their environment.

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close up of the machine
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‘we have chosen the medium of a time-based projected drawing to embody our ideas. the drawing will reflect upon the way in which the human mind constructs intertwined representations of situation and memory.’

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projections of drawings are show on a series of screens on the floor
image © riccardo tosetto

 

 

 

alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, one of a range of conditions that progressively degrades the synaptic connections within our brains. it brings about a loss of those faculties that allow us to orientate ourselves and to remember. the exhibit is supported by culture ireland, the arts council; the department of arts, heritage and the gaeltacht; the royal institute of the architects of ireland and the bartlett school of architecture at UCL.

venice architecture biennale irish pavilion
using time-based projection, the experience of a plan is redrawn as collectively witnessed by sixteen people using the
building over the course of one day
image © lez barker artAV

 

 

 

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venice architecture biennale irish pavilion
the immersive installation uses drawing as a medium
image © riccardo tosetto
venice architecture biennale irish pavilion
losing myself is researched, designed and produced collaboratively by niall mclaughlin and yeoryia manolopoulou
image © lez barker artAV
venice architecture biennale irish pavilion
image © lez barker artAV

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