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The language of architecture and the architecture of language

20 of May '20

Katarzyna Krakowiak, the artist who represented Poland at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, invites you to join the artistic project being prepared for the space of the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona. Krakowiak, who will be the first Polish artist to present her work at the famous architectural icon, is collecting recordings of important words for people, from which she will create an architectural and soundinstallation.

Katarzyna Krakowiak will turn the modernist pavilion into a space for research on the language of architecture and the architecture of language. The polyphonic composition will be created from words submitted as part of an open call - described, translated and used to find a common denominator, a basis marking the beginning of a new structure.

To participate, just record one word that is important to you and send the audio file to with a brief justification for your choice. The composition will become the melody of our common existence, a question about the current state of the community and the possibility of its survival - a cry for hope for the future. Submissions can be sent until May 29, 2020.

Katarzyna Krakowiak sees architecture, especially during the current crisis, as an imperfect verb - its impact never ceases. She wants to compose an architecture devoid of dimensions, immeasurable in the context of duration and decay, an architecture that speaks - not only with words, but also with empty spaces in between, opening space for critical reflections on architecture, language, present and future. A space will be created for diversity and difference, translation both between the languages of project participants and between architectural and linguistic structures. A space where the horizon is constantly expanding in unknown directions.

Honored at the 2012 Architecture Biennale, Katarzyna Krakowiak's project titled. "Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great powers" also dealt with the relationship between architecture and sound.

The curators of the exhibition, held in cooperation with Fundació Mies van der Rohe, are Marcin Szczelina (Architecture Snob) and Ivan Blasi (Fundació Mies van der Rohe), while the project's partners are the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in Madrid.

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