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Revealed: details of Scotland’s plans for Venice Biennale

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Scotland has revealed its plans for an immersive exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale 

Set to be created by Dualchas Architects, emerging firm Lateral North and visualisers Soluis, the exhibition will be Scotland’s main showcase at the architecture festival. 

Named Prospect North, the installation has been curated by a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland and the British Council Scotland. 

It will explore Scotland’s relationship with its northern neighbours and will focus on people and place, looking at how communities from the Northern Isles of Orkney to the central belt of Scotland are using grassroot action. 

Using what has been described as a ‘micro to macro’ approach, the installation will use innovative mapping strategies, portraits, and evocative imagery to highlight Scotland’s place in the emerging northern economic region. 

Cabinet secretary for culture, Europe and external affairs Fiona Hyslop said: ‘Scotland’s architecture policy has long recognised the links between good design and participation, and improving outcomes for communities, and this is year’s Biennale theme is an excellent opportunity to showcase how community input, vision and leadership in Scotland has delivered real benefits. 

‘The Scotland + Venice project will again promote Scotland’s emerging architecture talent. Lateral North and Dualchas are adopting a truly innovative and illuminating approach to how architecture can be the heart of improving outcomes for communities in Scotland.’ 

Graham Hogg and Tom Smith of Lateral North, commented: ‘It is a huge honour for us to be chosen in collaboration with Dualchas Architects to be the lead consultant for this year’s Scottish entry to the Venice Biennale. When we first tendered for the project we saw it as a dream - throughout our architectural education and experience the Venice Biennale was viewed as a huge achievement. It is one that we are thoroughly excited about and can’t wait to highlight the fantastic work being undertaken throughout Scotland’s communities.’ 

Dualchas Architects director, Alasdair Stephen, added: ‘The architecture profession is at a crossroads. New technology and emerging new industry sectors such as 3D printing and virtual reality are set to revolutionise how we operate. That is why we have partnered with ground-breaking Glasgow-based Soluis AR to produce what we hope will be an extraordinary interactive exhibition. 

‘Dualchas and Lateral North believe that Scottish architecture and art is comparable with our contemporaries in Europe. We want to take the opportunity of the Venice Biennale to demonstrate this to the wider world.’ 

The Prospect North exhibition and event series will run from 26 May until 25 June at Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Venice, and will then return to Scotland for a nationwide tour as part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

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