A.I.R extension#10 pavilion was originally conceived as a video installation and shown at the 10th Istanbul Biennial and at Piano Nobile (Geneva) in 2007.The installation consisted of a semi-transparent ‘exhibition’ pavilion, functioning both as an annex (of the artists' home) and as a reference to pavilions in world exhibitions.
The double synchronized projection inside the pavilion juxtaposes visuals of the artist's loft space and imagery of the Florya pavilion, Atatürk’s modernist marine pavilion in Istanbul. This summer residence, built by Seyfi Arkan in 1935, was a symbol of Turkey’s progressive modernity and westernisation. The pavilion was showcased to disseminate a new vision of living to the whole nation and to exhibit to the rest of the world how the Turkish republic, with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as its founder, had stripped off its ‘oriental’ habits. Since 1993 the marine pavilion is used as an Atatürk museum. The ideological exploitation of the pavilion is still tangible today, f.e. in the continuous restauration of its wooden finish and the permanent presence of armed guards.
The two spaces in the film, the loft and the Florya pavilion, become mirroring clusters of meaning, embodied in architectural constructs in which the open floor-plan, the so-called lack of hierarchy and the use of transparency are essential. Representing both edifices as showcases, and as ideologically charged places, the video creates a hybrid building, through manipulation of the images, not leaving a single image ‘original’ or ‘authentic’. Even digital faults have been appropriated, further contributing to the flaking of the image…
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A.I.R extension #10 pavilion
concept & realisation: Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans
Video installation - Double projection 12’ looped, color&BW, no sound
presented at 10th Istanbul Biennial, AKM building 2007/
Supported by Dexia, Deniz Bank, Flemish Community / Produced by Ltd.Ed.vzw