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S.Iaconesi e O.Persico
Human Architecture
Venice, 26 May – 25 November, 2018

The 2011 restoration of the Venice Pavilion, which saw its original function being reinstated, was a commitment on the part of the city to give the building a new, durable lease of life. That vitality is well expressed by the “Knowledge Space” project being staged at the Pavilion for the 2018 Architecture Biennale, marked out by a shared, open approach to knowledge and information on the city and its constituent parts.

The Alberto Peruzzo Foundation is supporting the Pavilion’s project for the Biennale with Human Architecture, an artistic project straddling research, data and social commitment, implemented with the contribution of the European Commission through the programme called STARTS – Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. The work, conceived by the artists Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico along with the Human Ecosystems Relazioni research centre, explores the human architectures generated by the interactions of people on social networks vis-à-vis the Biennale – compiling public conversations in 54 languages – transforming them into visual and auditory forms of architecture. The data, anonymised and aggregated, constitutes the heart of a cultural initiative targeted at engaging with schools, artists, researchers, designers and citizens. Far from the scandals of this early part of the century, Human Architecture promotes a new vision of data, created “with” people rather than “on” them, in which science and technology emerge from the seclusion of the laboratories to live at the centre of society through art, design and architecture. 

This will, in all likelihood, be the first time in the history of the Biennale that an artistic project will process in real time the comments made and the data shared by visitors, alongside their impressions, etc., thus interpreting on the one side the theme of the sharing of data in a human, creative way, and on the other side, the desire to provide an interpretation of the global conversation that an event like the Biennale manages to generate from a specific time and place. This is what Human Architecture aims to achieve.

The displays

For the event, Human Ecosystems Relazioni has produced 3 artistic displays that are specifically designed for the Venice Pavilion 

Architecture​. Or rather, the architecture of conversations: how the themes of conversations, through correlations, form three-dimensional pieces of architecture. 

Influences​. Or rather, how the themes covered in conversations are reciprocally influential: the more the waves move in synch, the more the themes in question are correlated. 

Idiom​. Or rather, the languages in which the expressions are revealed. The more intense the connections between the languages, the more they are interacting with each other (either directly, when people exchange comments in different languages, or indirectly, when they discuss the same themes). 


A publication covering art, science and data will encapsulate in visual and analytical form the information compiled, making it legible and useable, and providing a new encapsulation of the life of the Biennale as a global phenomenon. 

A cultural programme will be conceived and designed in collaboration with the STARTS programme.


In this spirit, the Alberto Peruzzo Foundation is contributing once again to the development of the Venice Pavilion and the city, with an up-to-the-minute project that taps into a vein of social and artistic inspiration and engages with the whole of Europe, providing tools to raise awareness and explore the life of the Biennale around the world.