2021 ECC BIENNALE IN VENICE
PALAZZO MORA, VENICE, ITALY
MAY 22 2021 - NOVEMBER 21 2021
Phase I : TimeStills
PorterFanna Architecture was invited to produce work for the 2021 ECC Architecture Biennale exhibit: "Time-Space-Existence" in Venice, Italy. We are passionate about this project and look forward to sharing the experience in this world renowned forum of art, architecture and creativity.
We asked hundreds of participants from all over the world to create 15 cm x 15 cm cyanotype photograms from photo-sensitive paper to create “Time Stills”. The finished photograms were returned by mail, indicating the location of the recording, the time of the day and the duration of the exposure. The project invited participants to step out of their homes and find sunlight. An action that can evolve into a ritual as the individual explores the familiar, the domestic and the physical.
The received photograms have been curated and installed at Palazzo Mora in Venice as part of the Biennale together with the names of participants and their locations. As the project develops, we will continue the recording and the collection of TimeStills as part of the exhibition in Venice and future exhibits.
Additionally, physical models have been created using several selected photograms as a source, interpreting and translating each 2-dimensional imprint of shadow and light into a cube. The goal of this exercise is to portray time, space and existence through the architectural act of interpretation of the abstract into form; each cube representing a thought, memory or idea manifested in 3-dimensions.
Phase II : Composite Visual Diary
TimeStills records our collective loss of routines and social rituals that for many, articulated the disappearance of time during the Pandemic of this year. This temporal monotony became an undifferentiated temporal experience where the personal marking of time have been lost. Thus, the project challenges us to find richness in the details of the familiar, create meaning out of the everyday and recognize the multiplicity of our experiences.
The cyanotype photogram plays off the whimsical quality of the medium, the action of collecting and to the power of indexical signs. They speak to the childlike wonder and delight at the appearance of an image created on paper with simple objects placed under the sun. The display of these cyanotypes received from around the world generates an anthology of time recordings of our collective experience.
In our second phase of this investigation, physical models were created using the selected photograms as a source, interpreting, and translating each 2-dimensional imprint of shadow and light into a cube. The goal of this exercise is to portray time, space and existence through the architectural act of interpretation of the abstract into form; each cube representing a thought, memory or idea manifested in 3-dimensions.
Phase III : Hybrid Narrative
This third phase in the evolution of TimeStills is a further investigation of the idea of a composite visual diary in the creation of a hybrid narrative. Fundamental elements of two photograms are blended and synthesized through digital manipulation in three dimensions to create sculptural objects that seek to merge time, space and existence as a physical manifestation.
Although the results of this process are abstract in nature, they represent an architectural language born from the shared experiences of others. These models carry with them the essence of a global kinship and shared experience layered in their latticework and extruded as a 3D print. These objects can be imagined as scaled architectural models representing any program or use. It is up to the individual to decide.