"Bed-In," an installation conceived by Professor Beatriz Colomina, is on view at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia now through November 25, 2018. Her work is part of the Dutch Pavilion titled WORK, BODY, LEISURE.
Colomina reproduced Room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace in 1969, to show how the bed has become a place of both work and sleep. During the opening week, Colomina ran a marathon of short interviews with dozens of architects, curators and critics on the bed – with pajamas provided. Among those interviewed were Andres Jaque, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Madelon Vriesendorp, Liz Diller, Winy Maas, Odile Decq, Eva Franch, James Taylor-Foster, and Niklas Maak.
The Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions. Commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Marina Otero Verzier, the Pavilion includes contributions by architects, artists, designers, historians, musicians and theorists selected by the curatorial team and through a number of open calls. This collaborative endeavor seeks to foster new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation. A domain of research and innovation that, despite its ongoing transformation of the built environment and bodies that inhabit it, is still largely devoid of a critical spatial perspective.