Weak Monument

Architectures Beyond the Plinth

An exploration of the blurred line between a monument’s explicitly political form and the implicit political meaning of seemingly insignificant architectural objects and public spaces

 

 

Titelinformation

Edited by Tadeáš Říha, Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa

1st edition

, 2018

Text English and Estonian

Paperback

176 pages, 55 color and 50 b/w illustrations

15 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-115-9

Inhalt

Monuments represent power: explicitly and simply, but not universally. In Estonia, the classical notion of a monument is a strange appearance. Its presence is marginal, its tradition nonexistent and its form tormented by an apparent cultural displacement. The statue on a square never claimed the central position so common in Western Europe. This semantic void directs attention to other, less exceptional pieces of architecture. Sometimes a stairway marks a politically charged location, or a pavement becomes symbolic. Instead of explicit meanings inscribed in marble and bronze, an implicit charge is revealed that might be weaker yet more relevant, for it cannot be openly questioned what is only implicit.

Weak Monument, published in conjunction with the Estonian pavillion at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, explores the blurred line between a monument’s explicitly political form and the architecture of everyday. It juxtaposes classical monuments with seemingly insignificant architectural objects and public space in a collection of images and drawings, archival as well as newly commissioned ones, alongside essays and brief texts.

With contributions by Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa, and Tadeáš Ríha; Tom Avermaete; Eik Hermann; Klaus Platzgummer; Margrethe Troensgaard; and an interview with Toomas Paaver.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Tom Avermaete

 is professor of architecture at Delft University of Technology with a special research interest in the public realm and the architecture of the city in Western and non-Western contexts.

Eik Hermann

 is an Estonian theoretician and philosopher.

Laura Linsi

 is an architectc working with East Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design Ltd. In London. She is co-curator of the Estionian pavillion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2018.

Toomas Paaver

 is an Estonian architect and political activist.

Klaus Platzgummer

 is an architect and theoretician. He works as a research and teaching associate at the Department of Architectural Theory, Technische Universität Berlin, and as a tutor for History and Theory Studies at the Arechietcural Association's Undergraduate and Graduate School in London.

Roland Reemaa

 is an architectc working with Sanchez Benton architects in London. He is co-curator of the Estionian pavillion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2018.

Tadeáš Říha

 is an architect working with 6a architects in London on cultural projects in Europe and the UK. He is co-curator 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2018.

Margerethe Troensegaard

 is a curator and currently pursues a PhD in History and Theory of Contemporary Art at Ruskin School of Art and St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

Echo

«Drei junge Kuratoren zeigen in der ehemaligen Barockkirche Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, wie man einen guten Pavillon macht: Ein catchy Poster, eine fotogene Installation – und dahinter seriöser Tiefgang.» Luise Rellensmann, Baunetzwoche