14th La Biennale di Venezia - Fundamental

14th La Biennale di Venezia - Fundamental

Time Space Existence – The Ninth Column

Date:2014.06.07 - 11.23
Place:PALAZZO BEMBO, Riva del Carbon # 4793, 30124 Venezia, Italy

As an official part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora presents architects from 6 continents, brought together in an extraordinary combination.

KRIS YAO | ARTECH is invited by Global Art Affairs Foundation in this exhibition to present our thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts of Time, Space and Existence; and with 8 selected projects, KRIS YAO | ARTECH presents the installation of “the Ninth Column” to convey the essence of our works.

At KRIS YAO | ARTECH, we derive our inspiration from local, cultural elements of each site, and strive to embed them either overtly or subtly into our designs. This exhibition reduces these elements to their very minimal states to display the core essence of our works.

Eight of the solid white columns in this installation are derived from eight individual projects. The color, form, scale, texture, design and composition of the original building elements were extracted, reduced, condensed, distilled, and re-organized as these eight hanging columns.

Column 1: “Cracked ice” window screen composed of recycled wood from the Wuzhen Theatre, rearranged in a square tube;

Column 2: Flat triangular or 3-dimensional pyramid windows of the LE Office Tower curtainwall, reduced to 1/15 of their size;

Column 3: Fabric banners from the the Drape House, flying on a windy day;

Column 4: Hollowed concrete panels depicting the whole Diamond Sutra, bringing all 5,190 “words of the Buddha” with sunlight into the shrine of the Water-Moon Monastery;

Column 5: Cast aluminum and granite claddings in Lan Yang Museum, tilted at a 20-degree angle;

Column 6: Cast aluminum disks and the circular mosaic base on the fluid exterior surface of the Palace Museum Southern Branch;

Column 7: Thick slabs of driftwood sunshade panels on the exterior of Yilan Administration Center;  

Column 8: Parts of the cracked facade of the Pre-Historical Museum, composed of cast aluminum and fiberglass panels.

The ninth and final column at the center of the installation is defined only by light. Stripped of all form and texture, this column without physicality exists as the fundamental supporting element of all, constant through Time and Space.