The Living Architecture Systems Group’s GROVE project opens this month at the Venice Biennale. The pool-shaped form in the middle acts as a kind of well that will receive a CGI-based film entitled Grove Cradle. 40 channels of sound will weave in and out around it, enacting a death-to-life-to-death cycle that includes mineral, liquid and organic forms rising and transforming into a child’s form who wakes and explores, touching and communicating hesitantly. Sound includes extracts from Flaubert’s Temptations of St. Anthony, a surreal text from the late 1800’s which contains amazingly vivid passages where plants, animals, and mineral forms all interweave into a hopeful vision of renewal. The work is quite emotional and tries to offer a strong response to Hashim Sarkis’s beautiful theme for the whole Biennale: ‘how will we live together?’
Grove is open to the public at the Arsenale – one of the main exhibition venues of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia from May 22 to November 21, 2021.