Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture for the Venice Biennale 2012

Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd is one of the six practices chosen nation-wide that will demonstrate to the world a particularly Australian mode of innovation and invention in the Australian pavilion at the Biennale.

The Australian Pavilion will be transformed into a “soft landscape of connections and possibilities”, featuring a series of installations or ‘formations’ responding to the light-filled, sculpted pavilion interior. Each installation will be designed as “spaces of real world innovation”.

Focusing on actual projects and their impact, the pavilion will be a “space of engagement” in which viewers can interact and “participate in architectural conversation at close quarters”. Complementing this, will be a series of “flash formations” – free informal and intimate public events around Venice, “allowing viewers to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most innovative architectural practices, commentators and their work”.

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Taxi-Dermis II is a project by Richard Goodwin in response to Formations. 

The concept draws on previous public space interventions, which involved umbilical connections between private/gallery space and public space including: Documenta 10 Kassel 1997 – “Parasite Car” and Working in Public, Sydney 1995, Art Gallery connection with 300m rope to Finger Wharf on Sydney Harbour, “Exoskeleton Rope”).

The performance describes the central Formation of the practice of RG P/L. It reaches into Venice for ideas about Porosity Research. It also continues Porosity Real-Time research with its city mapping in Gaming Engines. As such it will be useful to accompany this central performance with a history of research and art performances relating to the city of Sydney between 2003 and 2011.