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Open Secrets
Proposal for the U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2012
studio critic: Mireille Roddier
2012 Wallenberg Studio Competition winning project

This pavilion exists in both physical and digital formats. A website displays live video and messages posted by visitors to the US pavilion. The online visitor sees the pavilionís occupants on display in a white gallery space covered with ornamental spheres that enhance the perspective. What the video feed does not reveal is that this constructed stage masks the existence of other spaces. The physical occupant can see what the video camera cannot: a series of hidden spaces that reveal contemporary modes of American secrecy: a screening room for leaked military videos, an observatory for classified spy satellites, a printer that slowly unveils declassified data. These hidden spaces offer protection from public view, while enabling counter-surveillance against existing means of control. By producing an asymmetrical relation between viewers and viewed, this pavilion results in an open secret, hidden in plain sight.

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Venice Biennale architecture US Pavilion

Venice Biennale architecture US Pavilion


Venice Biennale architecture US Pavilion


Venice Biennale architecture US Pavilion

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