ON EXPERIENCING THE PAVILION a blank canvas. a cold space but open space- invites you to have an interpretation. entry with an experiential position that reflects the visitor's worldview, experiences, mood, temperature, education, cultural background, where people come from, how their paradigms have been shaped. expectation. the emptiness triggering the need to discuss. go in and stand there- take time to get lost in the space. if you go upstairs you can sit and reflect. consolidate. looking for the past marks on the walls. is this it? the family didn't know how to respond to it. really? is this really it? older visitor- british- started crying; walked all around the space crying, then left; fellow thought to self yeah, it’s sad, it’s like we’re representing this country and there’s nothing to show; it’s empty; at the same time quite humorous. the (non)unified experience- some people get one experience of it and others get another
photo: Kastytis Donauskis
ON UNDERSTANDING THE PAVILION artistic projects say much more than what they actually intend to say. a metacommunication happens. each perspective adds another layer to the possible meanings. the museums in london are full of artifacts stolen from other countries and we are in the process of returning some of them- coming to the pavilion there is quite a stark difference- sending a strong message. you come in; and in a way it’s very inviting- there isn’t anything there to tell you what to think, so it’s very open there is never a neutral position; this empty but not neutral; always the possibility of reaction; a project of britishness in a specific moment of history; friction, space for dialogue and conversation. always polarizing; whatever the interpretation is it’s valid and credible and everyone has their own perspective. cold- blank canvas- daunting cold space.