Virtual Australian Pavilion

Kovac, T 2004, Virtual Australian Pavilion, (Creative Work : Digital work).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Virtual Australian Pavilion
Author(s) Kovac, T
Year 2004
Type of work Digital work
Outlet 9th International Architecture Biennale,Venice, Italy
Medium Digital design
This polemic virtual exhibition was held in the absence of a funded exhibition for Australia's pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. It displayed a virtual exhibition curated by Andrew Benjamin, featuring work by leading Australian architects. Hosted by RMIT's Lab 3000, the collaboration united Tom Kovac's architectural pavilion design with a virtual exhibition designed by David Pidgeon and John Gollings and organisational support from Davina Jackson. Pavilion interiors/images/web were designed by Daniel Flood and David Liao.

Although Australia did not receive government funding for its own pavilion at the 2004 Venice Biennale, this virtual composite was a convincing substitute. The project forges a strategic position for architectures of uncertainty, mediating between actual and virtual forms. The exhibition illuminates architecture as a creative cultural form that is not necessarily reduced to physical components or expected programmatic requirements. This is evident in the provocative guerrilla tactics by which the pavilion commandeers the site - itself a place of experimentation - and literally pushes the parameters of the built form, as well as in the content of its virtual exhibition. The pavilion robustly advocates architecture's re-engagement with a greater dimension of public meaning.


The work exhibited at the 9th Venice International Architecture Biennale. It was reviewed by peers in several industry journals: by Martyn Hook in Monument magazine, by Andrew Mackenzie in the Architectural Review Australia and by Dale Jones-Evans in (inside) magazine. Davina Jackson featured the work in the acclaimed publication 10x10_2: 100 Architects, 10 Critics by Phaidon Press. and also featured in the Melbourne Masters Architecture exhibition, curated by Leon Van Schaik."
Subject Architectural Design
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