15th International Architecture Exhibition—Venice Biennale 2016

28 May–27 November 2016 Venice, Artiglierie, Arsenale

Representative: Dinko Peračić

Dinko Peračić was born in Split in 1977. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb and finished a Master Program at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona. He is a co-founder of the architectural collective Platforma 9.81, and a partner at the ARP architectural studio. Since 2008, he has been working at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy in Split, and since 2018, he has been Head of the Department of Architectural Design. He is the author of numerous realised projects, including the buildings of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Osijek, the Food and Fish Market in Vodice, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. Some of the projects that have not been realised so far, such as the Youth Center in Split, Pogon Jedinstvo in Zagreb, the Food Market in Dubrovnik, or the Olive House in Tisno, have been intensely presented to the public.

He won the Grand Prix of the Zagreb Salon of Architecture in 2018 and three other awards of the Zagreb Salon (in 2006, 2009, and 2015). Also, he won the International Piranesi Award for Architecture in 2015, as well as the Architecture Medal and the Medal for Conceptual Design awarded by the Croatian Chamber of Architects (in 2016 and 2017). He has also received the Bernardo Bernardi Award by the Croatian Architects’ Association in 2018.

He has participated in many Croatian and international architecture and art exhibitions. Through the programmes of the Platforma 9.81 association, he is participating in several studies and public activities related to the culture of space. He is one of the moderators at the Days of Oris symposium in Zagreb, and he was also the curator of the Days of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2018. He is involved in the public discourse on space and architecture through frequent public lectures, discussions, workshops, actions, published texts and judging at urban and architecture competitions.

Team of authors: Miranda Veljačić, Emina Višnić and Slaven Tolj

Project: “Project we need it-we do it / to trebamo-to radimo”

“We need contemporary culture and art, places of critical sociability and we need spaces adapted for their development. We do not wait for ideal conditions, we realize them. We begin to use abandoned spaces, we adapt them and use them at the same time, the content is developed together with the architecture serving it. Architecture ceases to be just a framework for the social events and becomes one of protagonists.”

The setting that unites three cultural scenes, in three old buildings, in three Croatian cities (Rijeka, Zagreb, Split) into one new place is constructed in one of the rooms of the Venetian Arsenal. At the same time, it is a mini-museum that maps history of exploitation of these buildings, infrastructure that gathers in itself contemporary events, current artists and visions of these spaces and contents in times to come. Art scene is in one room, containing works from squatters and punkers to well-known artists. Artists that participate in it with their new works do not consider it as a model of some distant buildings, but as a concrete equally real space, because of the interactions and all necessary cultural meaning created within it. Some consider it a stage of this specific national scene. Some fear it is a catacomb in which the scene has withdrawn due to the current social circumstances.

Three room walls are formed by cross-sections of the Youth Centre in Split, Pogon Jedinstvo in Zagreb and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka. The cross-sections consist of shallow niches, each representing a concrete space, whether existing or designed, with a program that either happened or is planned to happen. The Venice Exhibition is a concentrate of living processes and another way in which architecture can stimulate their development.