The Architect’s Newspaper (AN) is live on the ground for the opening of the Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT), titled After Belonging and curated by the After Belonging Agency, a collective of five people with sixteen names—Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier.
The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first, “On Residence,” is located at the The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture. It focuses on the issues of belonging and living in a highly globalized world where architecture and spatial politics are influenced by an increasingly complex group of technologies, financial networks, political forces, and growing numbers of displaced people. In the dramatically lit space, 33 works are placed into 5 categories: Borders Everywhere, Furnishing After Belonging, Sheltering Temporariness, Technologies for a Life in Transit, and Markets and Terrirotires of a Global Home. The Italian collective Folder analyzed the increasing amount of geospatial data that has been collected by various private and governmental organizations over the last few decades and plotted these data sets onto globes. The result is a visualization of how much data is being collected and utilized as a geographic reality—despite the at times contradictory maps.
Fifteen minutes across town, a complimentary exhibition displays five “interventions” that address the curators’ thesis in a more direct, tactile way. The projects, chosen from an open call, are a response to sites that were selected by the curatorial team. They range from installations at the Oslo Airport such as Managing Security by Bolleria Industrial/Factory-Baked Goods which playfully critiques the absurdities of the “securocratic” apparatus that we know as airport security. One machine lets travelers dump their water into a watering system for plants instead of throwing it away on the security line. Another of the absurd sculptures lets people greet themselves with a printed message upon entering the Schengen Space.
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