Accept each other
- A participation in "Future School" project at the Korean Pavilion.
- Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice - Italy, 2021.
The theme of the Korean pavilion was Future School. Future School is a global coalition that ‘connects participants and programs across borders and distance while fostering diverse modes of engagement’ with ‘the ultimate aim to forge new and multiple solidarities in the face of current and future challenges, including migration and the growth of the diaspora, the impact of climate change, and the increasing speed of social and technological change’.
In a digital age where physical movement is restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what better way to celebrate differences and similarities than an artwork that bridges boundaries to unite designers from three continents and 13 countries?
‘Exquisite corpse’ is a game in which each participant takes turns writing or drawing on a sheet of paper – in this case, digitally – conceals his or her contribution, and then passes it to the next ‘player’ for a further contribution. At times, a participant may create based on a glimpse of the ‘end’ part of the artwork created by the previous contributor. The end result is one single artwork that captures multiple styles and perspectives. The game gained popularity in creative circles during the 1920s when it was adopted as a technique by artists of the Surrealist movement to generate collaborative compositions.
In this case, students and faculty of three continents, two universities and 13 nationalities designed an artwork that transcended landscapes, languages and cultures. The participants were Simone Carena (Italy), Yvonne Shih, and Li Zheng (China), from Hongik University.
Marco Bruno, Giovanni Innella, and Stella Colaleo (Italy) Yeon Geong Hwang (South Korea), Faheem Khan (Bangladesh), Anurag Wallace (India), Nia Campbell (US), Amna Sana (Pakistan), Amna Yandarbin (Chechnya), Abdulrahman Al Muftah (Qatar), Ahmed Nour, and Nada Al-Kharashi (Egypt), Reema Abu Hassan (Palestine), Alaa Albarazy, and Nada Abbarah (Syria), and Gente Retkoceri (Kosovo), made up VCUarts Qatar’s team.