First Internet Pavilion, 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2009
"Pages" was developed in parallel to "Excess is More.” Both installations are experiments with hyperbolic geometry. The panels are almost the same; set-up and meaning are different.
A hyperbolic structure has no defined inside or outside, it has many openings and exits, is the spatial equivalent of the Internet. When we look for information today, we no longer have limited sources and a linear path to get there, often we have to trust our intuition where to go next. Reading a hypertext eventually leads us to something we originally were not looking for but it ultimately gives us a broader understanding. Like brainstorming, learning is often based on free association with a loose mind; we consider more aspects, connect dots and build our own worlds. The time of the secluded specialists is over, to master the 21st century we have to look at the whole picture, consider everything, think holistically, team-up and exchange.
Unlike most pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the Internet Pavilion leaves no physical trace, which is very much in the spirit of the end of the essay, "Pavilions of the Future," written by Beatrize Colomina: "Etymologically, "pavilion" comes from "papillon", the French for butterfly; the sides of an open lightweight nomadic tent were associated with the wings of a butterfly. The pavilion, classically a royal tent in a park, arrives, fluttering in from an unknown place, a pure image in flight hovering for a moment, touching down and standing there with its image fully exposed, before fluttering away again, leaving everything changed in its wake".
Project team: Eugene Tsai, Hannah Hunt, Sean Gordon, Somya Singh, Veronika Bjarsch
Materials: Canvas, Homasote (recycled newspaper), wooden dowels, silk screen prints Rhombus panels 43cm edge length, 99° / 81° angles
Starter: Miltos Manetas
Curator: Jan Aman
Producer: Art Production Fund
Photography: Photo 1 by Lukas Wassmann