Inflection of Common Ground in Several Cases
Our work encompasses new buildings and remodeled ones, large and small, everyday and exceptional, striking and modest – created for cities, green spaces and urban agglomerations, with widely varied functions, purposes, specifications and budgets. The buildings do not share a signature style, but they do have a common denominator: an individual concept that has originated from a specific site, from its history, its architectural heritage and its future urban potential. They are concentrated modelings of the earth’s crust, aimed at shaping an accessible ›other‹ that shelters us, that gives us space and spatiality.
The exhibition at the Biennale in Venice reflects different aspects of our explorations in several rooms. Employing the most direct and engaging of all media, with film sequences and sound, they reveal facets of the basic, the everyday, the cooperative and the shared, where ›common ground‹ meets the ›genius loci‹, animated in moving pictures – with pets, cars, rain and, of course, people.
All seven small rooms remain almost untouched: the mainte-
nance room is still in use and even the recently installed wooden walls remain as found. A soundscape developed for one of the rooms, using the existing oil tanks as instruments, mirrors our approach to the site – here at the Biennale and in general.
Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer
Installations in close collaboration with:
Severin Kuhn (film)
videocompany.ch; Aufdi Aufdermauer, Karin Wegmüller
(production technology / film room 2)
Hans-Peter Frehner together with Lorenz Haas,
Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich (music room 3)