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The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, due to open on September 8, is centered on the idea of being at home: within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries.
“After Belonging” addresses and imagines the objects, spaces, and territories of a transforming condition of belonging.
Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity – a crisis of belonging. These transfers bring greater accessibility to ever-new commodities and further geographies. But, simultaneously, circulation also promotes growing inequalities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit. After Belonging analyzes the ways in which architecture participates and intervenes in both our attachment to places and collectivities – Where do we belong? – as well as our relation to the objects we produce, own, share, and exchange – How do we manage our belongings?
The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 is divided into two parts. After Belonging: On Residence documents the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence. It considers the aesthetic, technical, and sociopolitical implications of this definition. Architecture here takes different forms beyond the building, from arrangements of objects and their logistics, to territorial configurations and digital systems of organization. The exhibition displays a series of contributions gravitating around five areas: Borders Elsewhere, Furnishing After Belonging, Sheltering Temporariness, Technologies for a Life in Transit, and Markets and Territories of the Global Home. Arranged as an accumulation of evidences and speculations, the On Residence exhibition unveils the multiple scales and media involved in the architectures of contemporary forms of residence and how they convey new articulations between individuals, objects, technologies, collectives and territories.
After Belonging: In Residence focuses on a selection of ten sites around the globe that encapsulate current transformations of belonging. It is a speculative platform organized through commissioned reports and intervention strategies considered as two distinct and related architectural operations to approach those sites. The reports outline diverse ways of describing the sites, offering multifaceted perspectives and bringing together different scales. In addition, five intervention strategies have been selected for the sites located in Oslo and the Nordic region, through an international open call. These interventions design tactical and long-term forms of engagement with the sites, and rehearse alternative architectural practices. By bringing together these different approaches, the In Residence exhibition aims to test the capacity of architectural expertise to respond to changing realities.