Diary of Vardiya 2 – Future of Childhood!

5 June Tuesday

On the first day of the workshop, we met at the pavilion around 10.00 AM and had a video call with our tutors. After the video call we took our time walking around the Arsenale. At 13.00 we had a video call with Bernard van Leer Foundation and Superpool to get familiar with our subject: The Future of Childhood. Right afterwards we started Task 1, where we wrote about our childhood memories. At 16.00 we had roundtable sessions with Çağrı Hakan Zaman and Archis. Before leaving the pavilion for the day, we started Task 2, writing about how we imagined the future of childhood. We had a great night at Venice!

6 June Wednesday

We had half of the day off to visit Giardini from 10.00 to 16.00. After checking out the national pavilions, we met at our pavilion at 16.00 for the roundtable session with Banu Çiçek Tülü. After a great presentation we connected to Pedro Rivera and Superpool, and had a conversation about biennials. We continued working on Task 2 when we completed our discussion sessions. After we left the pavilion, we went for a city tour all together and had a great time.

7 June Thursday

We met at the pavilion early and uploaded Task 2 to start working on Task 3: making image representations of our ideas for the future of childhood. Some of us used the time in between to go back to the exhibitions at the Arsenale and Giardini. We spent most of the day at our pavilion, having discussions and constructing our ideas. We all printed and uploaded Task 3 at the end of the day. After finishing at the pavilion we found a very nice spot on the Redentore cost and had a wonderful time together.

8 June Friday

We started the day with a quick tour of the Giardini early in the morning. At about 12.00 we finally had the chance to meet our tutors Selva, Gregers, Segolene and Mehmet in person. We talked about the work we’ve produced over the course of the week and brainstormed for Task 4: the animation. At 17.00 we had a collective discussion on how to proceed with our work and timeline. After that we continued working on Task 4, filming, sketching, taking pictures…

9 June Saturday

Production time! We spent all day at the pavilion busy working our storyboards and animations. We had discussions and critics all day long with our tutors. In the afternoon, Serena Girani from ARUP gave us a presentation on their research about childhood in cities. Following her, Segolene Pruvot gave us a presentation about her work in European Alternatives. We continued working on animations and shootings till late at night to make it to the final cut.

10 June Sunday

It all comes together… With the memories of our childhood and images of the future, our animations finally came into fruition. After spending some time fixing technical problems and final reviews on the animations, we started collectively producing the exhibition. We reshaped our workspace and the exhibition with our works, making our contribution to the ever-evolving space of Vardiya.

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Digital Critic – Vardiya 2 | Ségolène Pruvot

Ségolène Pruvot is Director at European Alternatives, a not-for-profit organisation promoting Democracy, Equality and Culture beyond the Nation-State in Europe. We had a roundtable about European Alternatives. We examined several topics. First, we talked about the role of the architect. The boundaries of architecture; how it affects? Then we talked about ‘who governs and who owns the rights to the design of the cities?’ We looked up for several examples about municipalist movements around the world. Then we moved on to the key notion, ‘the right to the city’. Lastly, we talked about the urban commons, like water, air, public facilities…

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Digital Critic – Vardiya 2 | Pedro Rivera

Pedro Rivera is an architect based in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (RUA Arquitetos). He is also the director of Studio-X, Rio de Janeiro. We had a talk about the question, ‘What does the Biennale do?’’

The Biennale shows us what is happening all around the world. We can see it through the national pavilions. However, we are not able to see the ‘others’ that are not included in the Biennale. For example, what is going on in Congo? What we see is the dominating trends, while some regions are muted. There are many things happening in the world, about which we have no idea…

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Digital Roundtable 4 – Çağrı Hakan Zaman

Çağrı Hakan Zaman had a presentation for us; he showed the previous works he had done. We examined and talked about how digital can help us the create and remember a space. Even we experience the same space; our mind doesn’t remember the whole details, it selects different parts of the room. We also talked about the question ‘’How can a machine or an artificial logic realize the idea of a space

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