Nothing changed this year — over 30 projects were submitted in the competition for the Polish Pavilion. However, every envelope I opened, every project I read out to the public, I could not believe what I saw — aren't there practitioners in such a large country able to propose anything reasonable? Most of them interpreted Chipperfield's theme Common Ground in a literal way, as a common space for interaction. Hence there were many ideas to spill sand on the pavilion floor and scatter beach chairs all over it, or to create a meadow and add a few benches — to let people communicate with one another, provided we created some basic conditions.
Fortunately, having waded through a pile of disappointing works, we finally found a raw diamond — a project proposed by artist Katarzyna Krakowiak, curated by Michal Libera. As we expected, the duo raised the issue of sound in architecture.
the project will be an invitation to experience architecture as a gigantic and complex sound process, marking the limits of what is considered common
Krakowiak and Libera work within the Venice Biennale's best tradition, presenting architectural issues without resorting to trivial presentation of pictures or building projections. They speak of architecture in a non-architectural way. Thus they are attempting to attain the unattainable! However, we will have to wait until the end of August to see if this interesting concept is skillfully presented in the Polish Pavilion.