Rotor at Venice Architecture Biennale 2010
Brussels based architecture firm Rotor occupies the Belgian pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia. Within the overall theme of “People meet in Architecture”, curated by Kazuyo Seiima of Sanaa, Rotor explores wear as a reaction to use in architecture.
The exhibition Usus/Usures displays bits and pieces of used, heavily worn, fragments from a variety of public buildings. Fabric of heavily used office buildings to faiding stairs are highlighting the notion of durability and the nature of wear and tear. The gallery like scenography takes these overlooked architectural details to works of art. In this case 'wear' can be the way of reading architecture.
The materials exhibited are all collected in Belgium. For practical reasons, Rotor turned to buildings which were transformed relatively suddenly from full function to a state of disuse. They looked for materials that were common and contemporary, showing mild wear as a result of moderate use.
Along with the exhibition, an publication emerged from an intensive investigation carried out in Belgium. It analyses wear as a material phenomenon and as an agent that can influence behaviour. It approaches wear not as a problem in itself, the result of an error of conception that must be avoided at all costs, but as an inevitable process that permits reflection on use and the practice of construction.
All pictures by Eric Mairiaux