Venice 2010: The Irish Pavilion's consumable archive
This year’s Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is being billed as ‘both an archive and reading room’ of Dublin architects de Blacam and Meagher
Housed in the eighteenth century oratory of Irish monk St Gall near Piazza San Marco, the of de Blacam and Meagher exhibition takes the form of the ‘book unbound’ with volumes of drawings and photographic reproductions piled up within the jewel-box-like dimensions of the small chapel.
Members of the public can take away these paper copies, effectively consuming the exhibition.
An excerpt from the project description:
Members of the public are invited to read the work and take it away. Over time, the stacks of paper are depleted, until finally we are left with only the furnishings. The archive will, in essence, be consumed.