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Interspace (2014)
the Estonian National Exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia “Fundamentals – Absorbing Modernity“ (head curator Rem Koolhaas)

multimedia installation
interactive HD projections (5)

“Interspace” was exploring new tendencies in public placemaking. In an information society, the fundamental communicative role of architecture is being challenged by networked technologies that produce a multitude of personalized understandings of the public sphere.

We are at a point where public space is established through real-time data flows of digitally tracked individuals. Big data, internet of things and instant communication are shaping an open ideology accompanied by a set of new architectural fundamentals. The design problematics of physical public space need to incorporate the notion of its digital counterpart. “Interspace” proposed a data-based open system where each visitor – either digital or physical – was an interactor in an exact generic environment evolving over time. Visitors took part in its creation and gained authorship over the appearance of the pavilion.

The exhibition was accompanied by a research project and a collection of essays on the digital and the public (published both in Estonian and English). The book includes threads of thought by different architects (Mark Foster Gage, Marjan Colletti, Toomas Tammis etc) and architecture theorists (Mario Carpo, Ranulph Glanville, Mart Kalm etc) whose agenda complements curators’ approach to contemporary public space. “Architecture in a Data Society” symposium was organised for the occasion of book launch as part of the Biennale opening programme in Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.

Throughout the 6-month duration of the Biennale “Interspace” hosted several public interventions from dance performances to flashmob events both in its physical and digital domain (

curators, editors: Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam
authors, exhibitors: Johanna Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Siim Tuksam, Reinis Adovics (WARP)
collaborators: WARP, Indrek Sirkel, Artur Ümar, Mikk Meelak, Interspace research group
organizer: Estonian Centre of Architecture
commissioner: Ülar Mark
photos: Johanna Jõekalda, Loit Jõekalda, Johan Tali, Bika Rebek
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