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About the curators

Venice Biennale 2014: The British Pavilion curators

Sam Jacob

Sam Jacob is founder of Sam Jacob Studio and a co-founder of FAT Architecture, where he has been responsible for a range of internationally acclaimed and award-winning projects.
He has exhibited at leading galleries and museums, including the V&A in London, the MAK in Vienna and at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Jacob is professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture, and director of the Night School at the AA. He is a regular participant in talks and events for institutions such as MoMA, the Southbank Centre and the Sir John Soane’s Museum. He writes and edits the blog
www.strangeharvest.com and also writes for many other publications.

Wouter Vanstiphout

Wouter Vanstiphout is a historian of architecture and, since 2009, professor of design and politics at the Delft University of Technology. Previously he was a visiting professor of geography, landscape and cities at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and professor of architecture and urban planning at the Technical University of Berlin.
Vanstiphout is one of the founders of the Crimson Architectural Historians research collective in Rotterdam. He is also a member of the Reflection team of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Hague, and serves on the board of the SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Amsterdam. Publications include The Collection: Remarkable Train Station Buildings in the Netherlands and WiMBY!: The Past, Present & Future of a New Town.

A clockwork jerusalem credits

Commissioned and organised by the british council
Curators
FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians
Curatorial assistant Cate St Hill
Commissioner Vicky Richardson
Project director Alastair Donald
Project team: Gwen Webber, Mary Doherty, Hannah Burgess, Magdalena Melon
Graphic designer: Fraser Muggeridge Studio
British pavilion advisory panel: David Bickle, Adrian Forty, Edwin Heathcote, Philip Long, Irena Murray, Jane and Louise Wilson
British pavilion sponsor: 180 The Strand

The British Council would also like to thank the following organisations for their generous support of the British Pavilion: Arper, the Barbican, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Sir John Soane’s Museum, ING (PR and Communications), AKT II (Engineering)

Venice fellowships programme

Although students are always enlisted to help invigilate the British Pavilion, this year the British Council has launched the Venice Fellowships Programme, which will combine stewarding at the pavilion with a research project.

Fifty students from 16 architecture schools and art colleges have been selected for the scheme, which will see them spend a month in Venice stewarding at the British pavilion four days a week - down from six days in previous years - with the rest of the time spent on individual research.

‘We have been bringing British students to help out at the pavilion for some years,’ says Alastair Donald, project director at the British Council. ‘We wanted to create more opportunity for them to become part of the exhibition.’

Research projects have to be related to Absorbing Modernity, one of the biennale’s three themes, with sub-themes such as national identity, international exchange and the conflict between preservation and modernisation identified as possible research leads.

‘There were a number of things we thought it would be interesting to explore. Themes such as the tensions between the need to preserve and the need to modernise run throughout modernity, and in a place like Venice it’s a very pertinent issue to explore,’ says Donald.

He adds: ‘The aim is to draw all the students’ research together and for it to form part of the British Council’s archive of work, which will remain with the pavilion in years to come.’ Rakesh Ramchurn

Institutions taking part

• Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London - Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery - Bow Arts Trust - Leeds Metropolitan University - PLACE, Northern Ireland’s Built Environment Centre - Queen’s University Belfast - The Cass School of Design, London Metropolitan University - The Open University - University of Dundee - University of East London
- University of Edinburgh - University of Kent - University of Liverpool - University of Ulster - University of Warwick - Xi’an Jiaotong - Liverpool University, China

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