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Archinfo, Global Commissioners Group

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Pavilion Days at the Biennale Architettura 2023

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Along with fifteen other countries, the Pavilion of Finland organises a festival, the Pavilion Days, at the Biennale Architettura in Venice on 14–15 September. In addition to joint exhibition tours, Archinfo will organise open guided tours of the Huussi exhibition and a mini-seminar at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, which will also be streamed.

Organised for the second time by the Global Commissioners' Network, Pavilion Days is an opportunity to hear about the exhibitions from their creators, take part in the exciting side programme and meet other people interested in the Biennale Architettura – and of course enjoy autumn in Venice!

Pavilion Days was first held in 2021, when the preview days in May were difficult to attend due to the pandemic. Following good experiences and positive feedback, the network of organisations in charge of national pavilions decided to launch the two-day event again this year, on Thursday and Friday 14–15 September.

Archinfo, the commissioner of the Pavilion of Finland, welcomes you to join our programme.

Huussi+Finimalism mini-seminar 14 September

Archinfo, together with The Dry Collective and the Finimalism project, is organising a mini-seminar including two discussions. The event will take place at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Dorsoduro, Venice, from 18:00 to 20:30 (CET). The event will be streamed.

Huussi – The urban solution will focus on an implemented urban-scale solution using waste water separation and a vacuum toilet system. Business developer Amanda Haux from Reco Lab in Sweden will talk about the Helsingborg pilot project. Sudha Shrestha from UN-Habitat in Nepal will bring a global perspective to the discussion. The discussion will be led by Arja Renell from The Dry Collective, curator of the Huussi exhibition.

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Finimalize this! invites four specialists to take a look into our everyday tasks, items and concepts – and finimalize them. The live workshop, organised by the new joint initiative of Finnish architecture, design and fashion, will feature architect Eero Renell from The Dry Collective, Sevra Davis, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and Commissioner for the British Pavilion, and Finnish-Norwegian architect Iisa Eikaas from the Danish exhibition curatorial team and one of the curators of the Estonian exhibition, founding member of b210 architecture firm Aet Ader. The discussion will be moderated by Katja Lindroos, Project Manager of the Finimalism initiative.

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Registration Link to the livestream

The stream link to the mini-seminar will also be sent out to the registered participants.

Guided pavilion tours 14–15 September

On both days of the Pavilion Days, three simultaneous tours will be organised to a total of sixteen national pavilions. The tours will start at 11:15 (CET) and will include 5–6 exhibitions each, presented by a curator or other representative. At the end of the tours, at 13:30, the visitors will gather at the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice for refreshments and to share their experiences.

The number of participants is limited.

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Open guided tours to the Huussi exhibition 14–15 September

During the Pavilion Days, the Finnish Pavilion guides, who are students of architecture from Finnish universities, will present the exhibition Huussi – Imagining the future history of sanitation every hour from 13:00 to 18:00. No registration is required (duration approx. 10 min).

Read more about the Huussi exhibition

Read more about the Finimalism initiative

Information on all Pavilion Days events will be available on the joint national pavilions’ website (updating in progress).

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