Swedish artwork on climate change at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Future Island, by OOZE architects (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrč, is a living artwork – an island that evolves with the seasons and time showing how nature is affected by climate change. The artwork is currently being produced in Stockholm by Public Art Agency Sweden and Akademiska Hus, and is the first Swedish public artwork to be exhibited at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Future Island is an island of stones, an environment in flux, built on the new Albano campus in Stockholm. The island is divided along latitude 59°20’40”N into two zones: a warm zone in the north, a cold zone in the south. The north side heats up five degrees (with renewable energy) relative to the surrounding landscape. On the island there is a microecosystem, a biotope of native flora and fauna that constantly adapts to the slowly changing conditions. Sensors will record the changes happening on both sides of the island. This creates a permanent artwork in transformation corresponding to current global warming predictions.

Future Island is a scientific staging that we can follow in real time, but also an artwork that raises questions about our future. Through Vetenskapens Hus (the House of Science) and their educational programs on Future Island, children and young people will have the possibility to explore issues about the planet’s future.

The island will be constructed during this summer and fall, and plants will be seeded in collaboration with researchers on climate change.

Future Island in Venice – The Time of Stone – in the Biennale Architettura 2021

Future Island is now exhibited as part of the specific research project ‘Future Island in Venice – The Time of Stone at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. It consists of a prototype of one heated stone and architectural drawings of the planned work as well as research that provides a broadened picture of global warming and explore past and future stories of adaptation. The experimental project, presented in the section As One Planet, captures in miniature, through architecture, the planet’s response to climate change. More than just a preliminary tool for measuring adaptive behaviours, the project uses simulation to create a shared imaginary of our possible future.

How will we live together? is the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Hashim Sarkis. It is open from 22 May to 21 November 2021. Future Island is on display in Giardini’s Central Pavilion.