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In Autumn 2017 Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL jointly organized an Open Call to support designers and advance knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the Biennale Architettura 2018. Applicants were asked to submit a project proposal reflecting upon and responding to WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme of the Dutch pavilion, as part of its extended program.

Renderlands: Installation by Liam Young

Renderlands: Installation is a documentary and installation that chronicles the outsourced animation studios and render farms of India. What we think of as western visions of the future are actually produced by workers dispersed across the planet and connected through a global infrastructure of digital labor. For its presentation as part of the program of the Dutch Pavilion, a massive collaborative physical model will visualize the future and aspirational architectures that the render farm workers themselves dream of, the imaginary worlds that they wish they would be asked to visualize.”

Renderlands: Installation illuminates the hidden reality of outsourced labour. Behind the scenes of architectural renderings and film production is the work of people whose stories are often ignored within dominant discourses. Next to conditions of labor, the project shows the imaginary futures and dream lands of the workers through the language of architecture. Ultimately the project results in a dense miniature landscape of 3D models of buildings from an imaginary city envisioned by the render farm workers. The advisory committee values the engagement with the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE, looking at the human labor involved in architectural production. The project also contributes to a wider discourse of infrastructure studies, by offering a relevant entry point to distributed spaces of production. While the documentary has been screened in a series of venues in 2017, the installation will be specifically produced for the context of the Dutch contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Creative Industries Fund NL, the advisory committee and the curatorial team of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2018 would like to thank all the applicants for their deeply and critically engaged responses to the Open Call, and extend our utmost congratulations to the selected teams.

Extended Program

Together with the commissioned exhibitors, associated institutions and teams in the Netherlands and abroad, the teams selected for the extended program will conduct research, disseminate architectural knowledge, and develop projects that will manifest beyond the physical space of the Rietveld Pavilion in the Biennale’s Giardini, thus expanding the geographies, audience, and legacy of the official Dutch contribution to the biennale.

On April 26, 2018, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will organize an evening with the teams selected through the Open Call, as part of the Thursday Night Live programme at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Marina Otero Verzier
Katía Truijen
Amal Alhaag, Beatriz Colomina, Marten Kuijpers, Victor Muñoz Sanz, Simone C. Niquille, Mark Wigley
Jane Chew and Matthew Stewart, Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin and Filippo laFleur), Noam Toran, Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Pattelli, Liam Young.
Raphael Coutin, Marina Otero Verzier
Hans Gremmen
Christiane Bosman, Eveline Mulckhuyse
Simone C. Niquille
Nick Axel
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Creative Industries Fund NL Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, Italy

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.