New design studio Archrival takes to the world stage at Venice Biennale with interactive installation between pavilions
Archrival is an emerging architectural practice and 1 of 6 exhibitors at this year's Australian Pavilion. The team has created a unique and live installation in the Giardini gardens, sited in the 'common ground' between the Australia, French and Czech & Slovak pavilions. The installation comprises 5 tall black timber structures concealing a playful twist: housed at waist height are custom fussball tables with individually made teams of unique fussball players.
Each fussball table is unique to each structure, having been created by collaborating architects, artists and designers who responded to a worldwide design callout to participate in this experimental project. The work is brought to life through audience participation, where audiences activate the arena by energetically competing against one another through fussball.
By creating an arena-like space within the Giardini exhibition grounds, this project entitled 'Arena Calcetto' responds to the Australian Pavilion theme of Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture and the overarching Biennale theme of Common Ground.
Archrival is the youngest of the Australian exhibitors, and a new non-profit organisation (founded 2011) that creates unsolicited architectural works that are collaborative, site specific and interactive. For the Venice Biennale, Archrival explored the potential of design rivalries and a new collaborative spirit that brings designers together through new projects and practices in architecture.
The work involved the global collaboration of over 100 individuals and 10 manufacturers, and plays on the territorial and competitive nature of the architecture profession and the Biennale itself. This work is on display at the Biennale until 25 November, and so far has been used and enjoyed by audiences of over 40,000 at the Australian Pavilion alone.
Archrival Arena Calcetto from Patrick Fileti on Vimeo.