section, the concept

possible interventions in the pavilion

presentation at the EXPO 2025 Rotterdam organisers press event

My curatorial idea for the pavilion was inspired by the map of the world’s time zones. A pavilion that each week would host countries situated within an each time zone. It would also temporally “exist” within particular zones, meaning that it would open during the daytime in the currently engaged countries.  During the whole 6 months event, one building would eventually “host” all the countries. 

Nations teamed in unusual groups will form their new landscapes - transient surroundings enclosed in a building. The Pavilion will be an open space filled with just one material - sand. The liquid interior of the pavilion will make the participants react on it and take part in common work to change their environment. Sand is the most basic and popular building material, known all over the world. It can be ephemeral and unstable as well as hard and solid. Therefore the participants will be provided with three “tools”: sand, PVC flexible sheets that shape the sand, and the building itself. The sand will flow through the grid of 36 holes in each floor. They can be opened or closed to change the circulation of the material. Flowing and expanding sand will be the natural force that participants have to harness together. Each week the visitors will experience new surroundings in which the simple beauty of the ephemeral material is the essence.