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Swiss Pavilion 2023

Neighbours, Karin Sander, Philip Ursprung, Swiss Pavilion, 18th International Architecture Biennale – La Biennale di Venezia, Photo © Martin Lauffer
by Alain Chivilò

© Alain Chivilò

The Swiss Pavilion hosts two series of talks, on 15 and 16/9/2023, during the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice. Not only, but during the Finissage weekend of Biennale Architettura 2023, Karin Sander and Philip Ursprung will host a series of public dialogues with various experts, ranging from architecture to photography and plant ecology. The talks will be held in English at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi at Zattere.

The schedule of the different events:

Knocking on Neighbours’ Doors – Friday, 15 September and Saturday, 16 September.
As part of the Pavilion Days, Karin Sander and Philip Ursprung are hosting two roundtable discussions in the Swiss Pavilion. On 15 September theoreticians will discuss the vicinity of art and architecture and on 16 September curators from the neighbouring pavilions will talk about the insights gained from the current Biennale. Both talks are presented by Karin Sander and Philip Ursprung and additionally, Sander and Ursprung will conduct guided tours of the Swiss Pavilion on both days.

“Art and Architecture” – Friday, 15 September, 2-4pm
Venue: Pavilion of Switzerland
Michael Hagner, Professor of Science Studies, ETH Zurich Anh Linh Ngo, Co-editor ARCH+, Co-curator Pavilion of Germany Sassa Trülzsch, Managing Curator, Pavilion of Switzerland Harald Welzer, Director of Futurzwei: Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit Moderated by Karin Sander and Philip Ursprung.

“The Uneasiness of National Pavilions” – Saturday, 16 September, 2-4pm
Venue: Pavilion of Switzerland.
Tobias Becker, Project Leader, Pavilion of Switzerland Iisa Eikaas, Co-curator Pavilion of Denmark Samia Henni, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, College of Architecture Art Planning. With: Katarina Siltavuori, Director Archinfo, Commissioner of the Pavilion of Finland. Moderated by Karin Sander and Philip Ursprung.

Light & Shadow: Architecture and Photography. Saturday, 25 November, 7pm Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.
What is the future of architecture photography? Which architecture is “photogenic”? How has the role of architecture photography changed between the 1950s and today? A conversation between four outstanding photographers of architecture.  Hélène Binet, Photographer, London, Stefano Graziani, Photographer, Trieste, Guido Guidi, Photographer, Cesena Susanne Hefti, Photographer, Zurich  What Trees Know

Sunday, 26 November, 10am – Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.
What is the future of the Giardini? Which are new techniques in replacing dead trees? What can we learn from the past, notably from Henri Pittier, the Swiss Venezuelan pioneer of biodiversity studies? A roundtable with leading experts on plant ecology. With: Alana Chin, Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Ecology, ETH Zurich, Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Professor of Plant Ecology, ETH Zurich Giai Petit, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, Università degli Studi di Padova Fred Stauffer, Head Keeper, Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques, Geneva. Saturday, 25 November, 7pm, and Sunday, 26 November, 10am.
Venue: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. Campo S. Agnese, Dorsoduro 810. Venice Vaporetto Stop: Zattere or Accademia. Entrance: free.

  by Alain Chivilò