Francois Perrin: Air Houses: Design for a New Climate
Biennial participant Francois Perrin has installed an architectural experiment in the tropical microclimate of Garfield Park Conservatory's Palm House. The lightweight, fabric structure offers a new perspective on environmental crisis by reinterpreting long-standing traditions of design in harmony with nature.
SO–IL and Ana Prvački: L'air pour l'air
The Conservatory is also the site of a poetic collaboration by architects SO–IL and artist Ana Prvački.They have created an ensemble of air-filtering mesh enclosures, designed to be worn by musicians playing a composition for wind instruments and voice by the composer Veronica Kraussas. Part installation and part musical performance, it features an ensemble of air-filtering mesh enclosures that touch on the continuities between people, objects, and nature through a medium as ubiquitous as air. The musical piece will debut during the Biennial's opening week, performed by a quartet of musicians from Chicago Sinfonietta, an orchestra dedicated to diversity and inclusion in classical music. The public will then be invited to learn more about mask/shelter enclosures, which are inspired by the plants in the Conservatory, during ongoing educational sessions taking place throughout the Biennial.
Drawing upon the Conservatory's abundant plant life as inspiration, the enclosures worn by the Sinfonietta collaborators have been designed to clean the air through breath. SO-IL and Prvački’s installation ensures we will always have street music, even in our smog-filled cities of the future. The more music played, the cleaner the air. The project touches on the continuities between people, objects, and nature through a medium as ubiquitous as air.