About the Commission: Intercourses

Danish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 21, 2013 5:58PM

The film follows three men, interwoven within the scenes, but it is the city that is the main character. Jesper Just explains, “I've worked in the past with the idea of architecture performing, with a building or structure as a main performer, a main protagonist. And here there was the possibility of working with a whole city. I was thinking about ways to make the city the protagonist or mediator between these characters, making them connect via the architecture. I wanted to explore how you could take something as superficial as this architecture and then turn it into something connecting humans.”

The projections will vary in size from one meter to 15 meters depending on the scale of the room they inhabit, underscoring the spatial element of Just’s presentation. The exhibition begins before the visitor has entered the pavilion, with architectural interventions defined by Just that create a new geography, engaging the viewer on a visual but also a physical level. The architecture will orchestrate the audience’s relation to the work, choreographing the viewer’s experience of the pavilion.

Images: Jesper Just, Intercourses, 2013, still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013. Courtesy the artist.

Danish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale