OPEN THE BOX
2021 Venice Architecture Biennale
Experiencing art creates the capacity for an insightful, aesthetic, and aspirational curated life that can touch people from all strata of society, potentially moving their existence to a better place. Architecture designed for the arts can amplify this impulse, constructing connective tissue across seemingly intractable boundaries. Open the Box, displayed at the Time Space Existence Exhibit at the 2021 Venice Biennale, challenges those in the art world to break down the barriers that separate diverse people from the potential threshold that art can create in their lives. The environmental installation is composed of a brickwork pattern of closed re-cyclable cardboard boxes interspersed with open boxes depicting images, audio/video, and text of architecturally accessible cultural sites. It is a clarion call to cultural stakeholders to encourage critical thinking, shared conversations, and public participation. Art silos are now a part of the past.