Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona Pavilion, Building Photos

Sound Intervention at Barcelona Pavilion

24 July 2020

Sound Intervention at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

Fundació Mies van der Rohe presents:

“It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own”

Sound Intervention at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion by Katarzyna Krakowiak

Sound Intervention at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Sound Intervention at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona
23 July – 23 August, 2020 – Opening 22 July, 20h

Location: Hill of Montjuic, southwest Barcelona

Barcelona, July 2020 – The Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the artist Katarzyna Krakowiak and curators Marcin Szczelina and Ivan Blasi present “It Begins With One Word.Choose your own”, a new structure, both architectural and linguistic, on view at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion from 23 July to 23 August.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona Pavilion

Photos: Anna Mas

Opening on Wednesday 22 July in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion at 20:00h with artist Katarzyna Krakowiak and curator Marcin Szczelina (Architecture Snob), On July 23, 2020 there will be an open doors day to visit Krakowiak’s intervention for free and to celebrate the traditional Catalan book day in a St. Jordi delayed by the pandemic.

This intervention initially intended as this year’s SonarMies proposal, moves to a new schedule and finds a new motivation from the circumstances created by the pandemic.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona Pavilion

Emerging out of the recent lockdown, Katarzyna Krakowiak brings forward this innovative experiment at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion that adopts the form of a sound composition as a voice of our life lived together, a question about the current state and future survival of our community, its openness, freedom and creativity. A call for hope.

Fundació Mies van der Rohe intervention

Resulting from an open call that brought contributions from hundreds of people from all over the world, this constantly expanding sound piece comprises words in a wide array of languages sent in during the recent weeks. Words that the participants want to make last. Words that they want to take responsibility for and contribute with to the life we all live together.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona Pavilion

“We wanted to find a new language, a new narrative about design and architecture through sound. I like the idea of talking about it not as a sound installation but a sound sculpture.” Marcin Szczelina, curator.

The artist’s initiative transforms the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion into a site of enquiry, into a new language of architecture and architecture of language. Katarzyna Krakowiak composes an architecture that speaks – not only with words, but also with the spaces between them that open up a territory of critical enquiry on architecture, language, our current and future community; a site of diversity and difference. Presented at the Pavilion, the polyphonic composition is a collection of words – submitted by participants used in search of a new common language.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona Pavilion

More than 300 words have been purposely sent for this intervention in 14 different languages from around the world: Polish, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Vietnamese, English, Catalan, Italian, Russian… among others.They all form the final piece.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Barcelona Pavilion Work

“These possible extensions of the composition are fascinating. It’s important that this project is open to any and all reactions. We are living in an era of numerous protests, the global situation causes not only loneliness or sadness, but also anger. I’m interested in the shadow space between the words – the space for reaction, and in a situation which is not really planned and organised” says Katarzyna Krakowiak.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona

“This is what’s interesting about this piece for the Pavilion. It can work when nobody is there, with just one person inside, or else with a huge crowd. Working with the Pavilion this way, where the experience can be so different depending on the situation, the artist has foreseen how people can react – not only to the piece, but also to the building.” Ivan Blasi, curator – Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona

The project’s first iteration takes place in Barcelona and online. The composition will later travel to other cities, building spaces of translations, both between the languages of the project participants and between architectural and linguistic structures. Spaces where the horizon constantly extends in as yet unknown directions.

A Project by Katarzyna Krakowiak, curated by Marcin Szczelina (Architecture Snob) and Ivan Blasi (Fundació Mies van der Rohe). Organised in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Supported by Instituto Polaco de Cultura en Madrid.

Sound Intervention at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Barcelona

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Interventions

About Interventions at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

The site specific interventions by plastic artists that take place at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion are lightweight, short-term installations or exhibitions that aim to stimulate critical reflection and generate new perspectives on the Pavilion, promoting it as a space for inspiration, experimentation, and innovation. The intervention program provides a type of activity unique to the city, based on the exceptional spaces of the Pavilion. The installations can be seen as a way to maintain active interpretations and give meaning to the Pavilion’s present.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona

In previous years the following sonic interventions have taken place:

Ghost Forest by Francisco López (14-8-2012 – 31-8-2012)
Curated by: Antoni Marí – Lluís Nacenta
A compositional transposition of a multitude of original environmental recordings, made in different forests around the world.

Spectral diffractions by Edwin van der Heide (11-6-2014 – 6-14-2014)
Curated by: Lluís Nacenta.
Collaboration in sound research, Antonio Sa Pinto.
With: Sónar + D – Music Technology Group (Pompeu Fabra University) – Fundació Eina
40 loudspeakers on the deck of the pavilion, independently emitting partial frequencies of a human voice.

Transient senses – Alex Arteaga (04-29-2015 – 21-6-2015)
With: Sónar + D, Goethe Institut de Barcelona, Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Master’s Degree in Art and Design Research (Eina and UAB) and Loop Barcelona.
Sponsorship: Banco de Sabadell. Associated collaborators: Einstein Foundation, French Institute, Bloomline and Neuman.
Curated by: Lluís Nacenta
A game with the auditory transparency of the architectural space that takes the sounds from outside to inside.

Lucio Capece (06-18-2015 – 19-6-2015)
Curated by: Lluís Nacenta
A system of speakers suspended by helium balloons as a way to take the interior to the outside.

Microtonal Wall – Tristan Perich (14-6-2016 – 19-6-2016)
Curated by: Lluís Nacenta
An aluminum panel of 7.5 meters where each of the 1,500 speakers emits one single sound, the result of dividing six octaves into microtones.

Wave Shift – Mark Bain (06-14-17 – 17-06-17)
Curated by: Lluís Nacenta
With: SónarMies – Sónar + D
Seismic sensors capture the microvibrations that run through the materials of the pavilion that are amplified and reproduced by a loudspeaker system.

Dazwischen – Lucrecia Dalt (18-7-2019 – 20-7-2019)
Curated by: Sonia Fernández and Lluís Nacenta
With: SónarMies – Sónar + D
A sound search and a live performance of the material nature and the proportions of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona

Katarzyna Krakowiak

About the artist

Katarzyna Krakowiak creates sculptures, sounds, sound compositions and situations, all of them in order to find languages to describe architecture. In 2012 she received a special mention for her solo exhibition “Making the Walls Quake as if They Were Dilated with the Secret Knowledge of Great Power” at the Polish Pavilion at the 13th International Exhibition of Architecture – la Biennale di Venezia. In 2013 she participated in Performa Biennial with Storefront Art and Architecture. Krakowiak runs the sound spaces studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

Katarzyna Krakowiak Sound Intervention Barcelona

Barcelona Pavilion Building

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Barcelona Pavilion Mies van der Rohe building

Location: Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7), Hill of Montjuic, southwest Barcelona

VISIT THE INTERVENTION:
From July 23 until August 23, 2020
Registration needed: https://itbeginswithoneword.eventbrite.es
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00h to 20:00h

Date: 1929; pavilion building reconstruction 1983-86

Design: Mies van der Rohe, Architect

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Photos of this Mies van der Rohe building © Adrian Welch

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