A Clockwork Jerusalem
A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians
© Cristiano Corte for the British Council
For the British Pavilion exhibition this year British Council Architecture Design and Fashion are working with FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians on the exhibition A Clockwork Jerusalem.
2014 marks the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia which for the first time will run for six months, from 7 June to 23 November 2014, with preview days on 5 and 6 June.
The title of the Biennale is 'Fundamentals' and overall Director Rem Koolhaas has called on national pavilions to respond to the theme 'Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014'.
A Clockwork Jerusalem will explore how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examines how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a specifically British form of Modernism.
The exhibition focusses on the mature flowering of British Modernism; the moment it was at its most ambitious socially, politically and architecturally, but which also witnessed its collapse. A variety of large scale projects offer insights into the way architecture was central to manufacturing a new vision of society at a scale inconceivable in today’s Britain. It will explore how the modern future of Britain was built from an unlikely combination of interests and show how these projects have changed our physical and imaginative landscapes.
Founded by Sam Jacobs, Sean Griffiths and Charles Holland, FAT Architecture was conceived to develop architectural culture through design, research and teaching. FAT's work has been characterised by a highly conceptual approach, combining the practical demands of architecture with critical and provocative thinking.
Crimson Architectural Historians is a Rotterdam-based practice that functions as a hybrid planning, design and research facility. Since contributing to the planning for the extension of the railway and neighbourhood in Utrecht’s Leidse Rijn, the office has been involved in the production of numerous books and papers on urban planning.
The pavilion is sponsored by 180 The Strand, home to The Vinyl Factory’s innovative concept of developing new spaces for creative and media industries in London.
The furniture in the pavilion has kindly been provided by Italian manufacturer Arper.