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Curated by Shumi Bose, Jack Self, Finn Williams
Jack Self with Shumi Bose and Finn Williams
DOGMA and Maria S. Giudici
The British Council presents the exhibition Home Economics in the British Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia from 28 May to 27 November 2016. Home Economics responds to the Biennale Architettura 2016 curator Alejandro Aravena’s theme Reporting from the Front by tackling the frontline of British architecture: the home. The curators, Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams, were chosen following an open call organised by the British Council and have invited established and emerging artists, architects and designers to produce immersive 1:1 environments, which challenge the status quo and propose new models for the home.
Home Economics asks questions of British society and architectural culture that have come about as a result of changes in patterns of everyday life. The exhibition unfolds through a series of five architectural propositions, designed around incremental amounts of time: Hours, Days, Months, Years and Decades. Each participant has been asked to propose architectural responses, rather than solutions, to the conditions imposed on domestic life by varying amounts of occupancy, and each response inhabits one of the five rooms in the British Pavilion.