Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City

Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City

Liquid City, the liquid city: this is the theme of the second edition of the Triennial of Contemporary Art and Architecture 2018 & nbsp; underway in Bruges & nbsp; (Belgium). Until next September 16th, the medieval city, a jewel of West Flanders and a UNESCO heritage site, will be & nbsp; animated by 15 & nbsp; artistic and architectural structures & nbsp; realized by as many creatives & nbsp; internationally renowned that wanted to compare on the crisis of the 'liquid society' & nbsp ; postulate & nbsp; from the Polish sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman & nbsp; disappeared in 2017. & nbsp; "How can it be flexible, liquid, resilient, a historic city like Bruges, in an age where there seems to be no more certainty?", they asked to & nbsp ; artists and architects the two curators & nbsp; Til-Holger Borchert and Michel Dewilde. The answer is in a series of works that invite you to rethink the canals, the alleys, the squares and the main gathering places of the community, looking at the challenges of the near future and using & nbsp; the image of today's 'liquid city' as a metaphor & nbsp; of a social and & nbsp; urban change.

The goal is to create a path that encourages visitors not only to admire the works but also to experience them, participating personally in the creative process. How & nbsp; the floating pavilion of the Spanish architects Selgascano. Installed in the & nbsp; near the Coupure, it is a tunnel with an organic & nbsp; shape with pink, orange and yellow transparent walls that & nbsp; change the perception of the channel it faces. The same goes for & nbsp; the ‘Floating Island’ by the Korean architectural firm OBBA, & nbsp; a floating platform that colonizes over 100 square meters of river surface & nbsp; Reien, & nbsp; at the Snaggaardbrug bridge. And again on the subject of works on water, moored among the Bruges canals is also the 'Minne Floating School' by & nbsp; Kunlé Adeyemi – Studio & nbsp; NLÉ, & nbsp; the most recent version of the floating school that won the Silver Lion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, a mobile building that can adapt to tidal movements, & nbsp; ready for the 'liquid future'. On the same theme also worked & nbsp; Peter Van Driessche of Atelier4 & nbsp; with the installation 'INFINITI²³' placed & nbsp; near the convention center Site Oud Sint-Jan, a wooden tower & nbsp; consisting of modules & nbsp; housing & nbsp; stacked trying to provide a solution to the problem of rising sea levels. Among the most awaited guests, & nbsp; Tomas Saraceno who will bring the video-installation & nbsp; 'Aerocene' to the Triennale showing flying sculptures suspended over the city with which the artist imagines a & nbsp; future of & nbsp; communities floating in zero-energy air, activated & nbsp; from the sun and wind. & nbsp; But the most symbolic work of this edition & nbsp; is perhaps the sculpture 'Skyscraper' designed & nbsp; by StudioKCA. & nbsp; Behind the monument to & nbsp; Jan Van Eyck & nbsp; right in the city center, a gigantic whale comes out of the water & nbsp; with 5 tons of recycled plastic recovered from the seas and beaches of Hawaii. A clear invitation to reflect on the pollution of the planet.

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