Client: Government of Chile, National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile
Following the fundaments of the general exhibition called ‘REPORTING FROM THE FRONT’, STUDIO POP was invited to present a curatorial design at the Arsenale. Our design was shortlisted among many Chilean architectural studios. The jury was Miquel Adrià, Mathias Klotz, Humberto Eliash, Juan Grimm, Emilio de la Cerda, Sebastian Gray and Antonia Lehmann.
The conceptual idea was to show architecture as a radical, transgressive and transformative combat. The Battle of Chile evokes the reality of millions of Chileans that live the ‘other architecture of every-day’. This architecture does not appear in fashion design magazines, events, like-'boutique architecture’ or subsidies to social or emergency housing programmes. Architects do not perform like journalists or reporters that report, disclose, release or inform events in combat. An architect does not transmit news. We not only fight but also transform belligerent scenarios and imagine future battlefields. In Chile architecture is a battle done from scratch.
STUDIO POP’s design shows an 'architecture of peripety’ (or adventures) where tragedies and adverse situations happen accidentally. This subversive architecture uses the landscape without owning it. This architecture is built stone by stone. It is a rebellious action that does not stop and, in turn, leaves traces. It means 100% animal intuition.