Studio: SKULL studio, MOLO architektiAuthor: Matěj Hájek [SKULL studio], Tereza Kučerová [MOLO architekti]For the first time invited sculptor Matěj Hájek and architect Tereza Kučerová were invited to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. In the section How will we play together?, in the freely accessible Forte Marghera fortress, they present the installation OFF FENCE.
A fence is a symbol of separation. Throughout all historical developments, society has been divided by various forms of walls, either physically, geographically, culturally or socially. If we ask ourselves the question How will we live together? (theme of Biennale 2021),
it is necessary first of all to realise what divides us.
What stands between us and the state we are striving to achieve?
The installation is place in a radical location, cutting across the existing gravel path, thereby manifesting the phenomenon of separation. “We choose a confrontational tone. We cut across the path. We transform an obstacle into an impulse. An impulse for change,” states the author Matěj Hájek.
An obstacle is placed in the path for visitors to the Architecture Biennale – a wooden fence.
If visitors wish to continue on their way, they are forced to address the situation. They have the option of giving up and turning back, or walking round the obstacle, or going through the installation. Within the context we have formulated, this physical act takes on a symbolic meaning: it enables visitors to enter the obstacle, and thereby to enter the problem.
“Through the medium of play we take a bold step. We drive the dynamo of change through our own initiative. The game is an initiation of change. By entering the physical body of the obstacle, visitors overcome themselves,” describes Hájek..