Working methods

The exhibition material is created in the dialogue of a reflexive research work group, a designer installation team and the public, through continuous translation and feedback, following an iterative model of development.

The work of the first team, one of social scientists, media researchers and anthropologists, is more intensive in the first part of the project, producing statements that are coherent in the given disciplines and are logical in an interdisciplinary context, and which are presented in their entirety in the publication accompanying the exhibition.

The second group, of architects and artists, also pursue parallel lines of thought, doing partly their own research (surveying scenes, analysing, collecting), and partly effecting spatial/architectural interpretations of the first team's results, presenting them in non-textual media. The end result of this process is the installation that is presented, together with the catalogue, in the exhibition space, and the website that functions as comprehensive background database for the project.

Through regular, public and documented presentations, the above-mentioned dialogue tries to include critical views and ideas/suggestions from anyone interested, even by enlarging the team if necessary, in the hope that the result will be rich and widely accessible like the cultural product of a community. We also find it important that the project initiate a dialogue within the profession in Hungary, as well as between the various professions.

We would like to emphasize that the presentations which are part of the project are public. We invite interest and suggestions from the profession and the press. The dates of the presentations and the presentation materials can be accessed at the press section.

Project management

The structure of the project is different from the customary scenario involving a curator and an artist/artists, and complies with the requirements of a work in progress. The project is managed by national commissioner Dr. Zsolt Petrányi, with the assistance of project coordinator Attila Nemes. The workgroups and subprojects of the different phases are headed by Adam Somlai-Fischer and Samu Szemerey. The organization responsible for the content receives support from the staff of the Biennale Office, who are led by Júlia Gáspár. There is thus no highlighted "author" in the process, the members of the team producing the material to be presented at the Biennale will participate with equal rights. This is also an attempt to combine methods of (architectural) design with group work relying on collective creativity, and thus to reinterpret the role of the architect.