Arsenale 2012: Wał / Вал (The Rampart)

project description

site specific architectural installation within the special project of ARSENALE 2012 (The First Kyiv international biennale): DOUBLE GAME

MAY 24th – JULY 31st

Kyiv, UA

Arsenale site

project facts

The architectural installation brings a unique element from the Arsenale’s direct urban environment which is a system of ramparts belonging to the inner city fortifications into the exhibition space.
Its longitudinal form underlining the axis of the monumental, almost cathedral-like interior, simultaneously divides and connects parts of the exhibition and the works of the Polish and the Ukrainian artists.
By referring to the form of rampart as a kind of ready-made and taken for granted land art, part of Kyiv’s historical and contemporary landscape is incorporated into the exhibition space. The installation’s scale extends the exhibition architecture and creates a semi-urban, interior landscape design, organized by one gesture of developing a consolidated form. It relates to the idea of ‘double game’ as competition, fun, choice and play-off, and at the same time it aims to provide seating and meeting lounge for the viewers. It also refers to the potential of real ramparts used as public space open for the city inhabitants to freely play with.
The Rampart suggests the possibility of playing with the choice of the route through the exhibition’s space resulting in the constant changing of the positions and points of view/participation. The installation itself also creates a new perspective on the art works and the exhibition space as a viewing platform.
The Rampart’s spatial narration is completed and extended by the game encoded in the exhibition space by the view points marked by the small reflective surveying targets. Viewers can trace and follow them and play with further perspectives/views/spatial relations referring to the city, Arsenal, exhibition and the artworks.


Małgorzata Kuciewicz (Centrala, Група "Централа", Польща)
Simone De Iacobis (Centrala, Група "Централа", Польща)
Oleksandr Burlaka (The Objects Group, "Група предметів", Україна)
Kaja Pawelek (Curator, Куратор)

Size: 90 m long x 4,4 m wide

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