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The exhibition presenting the salvaging and recycling of a municipal building in the Northern Hungarian town of Eger focuses on a real answer to a real problem. As a result of architectural presence, a building formerly considered as worthless has turned into a living space, a cultural centre. It has been recycled, activated, rendered valuable.
The most pronounced conceptual and atmospheric feature of the Ellátó (Provider) arts centre is the recycling and transformation of found materials. This cannot be authentically represented in Venice, as the pavilion we had to fill with content is a vacuous building without any objects lying around. The design behaviour that characterized the project in Eger is not applicable here, especially because the budget for this exhibition is a lot higher than the total cost of the entire reconstruction project was, not to mention the fact that the entire project in Eger was realized without cash flow.
Following the model of the project it introduces, the exhibition is permanently on the verge of achieving completion. Keeping maximal functionality in mind, our guideline has been to satisfy the basic technical requirements. For instance, neither did we repaint the walls of the exhibition space, nor dismantle the suspended ceiling constructed for the previous exhibition, for in terms of the final result, these would have meant unnecessary expenditure and a provisional solution that would be modified nevertheless by the next exhibitor. The installation on display—a reference to the furniture and details of Ellátó—was built from unusual components but with utmost care, and it gives a sense of completeness. With no recyclable elements on site, our guideline has been the subsequent recyclability of the installation’s components: the technical devices will be used at exhibitions in the Ludwig Museum and the furniture will move to Ellátó.
Reflecting on our practice and the title of the exhibition, we have defined activity points in the pavilion, where we invite the visitors to engage in minor activities in order to gain information about the project.