Architecture & Soft Power


Architecture & Soft Power
The Artist, Conservationist, Nation Builder and Pragmatist collude to devise our future.
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Architecture has long been instrumentalised by structures of power. Visual and symbolic vernaculars develop alongside rhetorical devices, as once-shapeless ideas take concrete form by proxy. Why coerce when one can get what one wants through seduction?

Spielraum is a trilogy of artist’s films that plays the double-game of decoding mechanisms of soft power, whilst simultaneously constructing an exemplary allegorical structure of its own. Tracing lines between various histories and source materials, it asks where the authority to frame national representation lies, and reenacts the mechanisms through which it is made manifest.

Still from 'Tear Down and Rebuild'

Still from 'The Nation Loves It'

Still from 'Give Expression To Common Desires'

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Jasmina Cibic
Church Walk
United Kingdom
Jasmina Cibic (b. Ljubljana 1979) is an artist working in performance, installation and film. Her work draws a parallel between the construction of national culture and its use value for political aims, encouraging the viewer to consider the timelessness of psychological and soft power mechanisms that authoritarian structures utilise in their own reinsertion and reinvention. Jasmina represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project ‘For Our Economy and Culture’.

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