A Triennale In Residence, On Residence, and the Ways We Stay in Transit
The Triennale After Belonging will design the new objects, spaces and territories for our transformed condition of belonging. This transformation of belonging concerns both our attachment to places—where do we belong?—, as well as our relation to the objects we own, share and exchange—how do we manage our belongings? The global circulation of people, information and goods has accelerated that transformation, and has consequently destabilized what we understand by residence, undermining spatial permanence, property and identity.
Circulation brings greater accessibility to remote territories and more diverse goods, transforming the ways in which we own, exchange and share. But circulation simultaneously promotes growing inequalities for large groups which are kept in precarious transit. Being at home has a different definition nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries under global regimes of circulation. This global condition is definitely present in Oslo: There are at present more than 230 million migrants around the world, and over 30% of Oslo’s population consists of immigrants.
After Belonging invites architects to intervene on this transformation together with public and private institutions, NGOs, activists and entrepreneurs. The Triennale is thus expected to become a common platform for the discussion and construction of the new spaces of residence in a life After Belonging.
This is a Triennale On Residence, in which we collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit by focusing on the objects, technologies, markets and territories that define our contemporary spaces of residence.
This is a Triennale In Residence, in which international architects will engage in local collaborations in Oslo and elsewhere to intervene in the contemporary transformation of residence.
How can architects practice in a world After Belonging? How can we all imagine the spaces for the contemporary states of residence?
A major exhibition at the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture will bring together an accumulation of evidences unveiling the multiple media and scales defining the contemporary conditions of residence. This material will be organized around a number of questions addressing the spatial, aesthetic, technical, social, political and economic transformations of the architectures of belonging, with accompanying commissioned installations.
A series of interventions will occupy spaces both in Oslo and in global locations to test possible spatial strategies, material prototypes, technological upgrades, digital protocols and legal framings related to the contemporary transformation of residence. One project, selected through an international competition for each location, will be developed during one year concluding with the closing of the Triennale. The selected projects will be displayed in process in an exhibition located at the Oslo National Architecture Museum.
The exhibition catalog will include the findings of the research On Residence and will be launched at the inauguration of the Triennale. A second multi-media publication will include reports of the sites offered for the program In Residence, and will gather the results of the interventions developed.
Conferences and Forum
The main conference, held during the inaugural week of the Triennale, will serve to present and discuss the architectures of our contemporary states After Belonging, in conjunction with presentations by experts. A major Forum will take place throughout the Triennale for the discussion of the In Residence interventions.
OAT 2016 aims to bring architects, urban planners and scholars together with decision makers, industry and commerce, as well as the public, in a discussion on how to tackle cities’ migration-related challenges now and in the future. We therefore also encourage relevant partners to engage by contributing specific input to the extended Triennale program. The over-all ambition is, together with our partners, architects and urban planners, to test solutions for the future challenges on residence.