Marina Bauer (Finnish, b.1977) and Espen Folgerø (Norwegian, b.1980) with Nikolina Søgnen (Norwegian, b.1989), Turid Skåden (Norwegian, b.1992), Ziqian Zhang (Chinese, b.1991), Tord Øyen (Norwegian, b.1993) of OPAFORM (Norway, est.2011)
Make a Space for My Body presents three anthropometrically scaled spaces. Through materiality, spatial properties, and formal expression, the modules engage in a direct dialogue with the historic exhibition space of La Biennale, incorporating the surrounding building envelope into the displayed project. The installation aims to enrich the architectural experience without diminishing the essence of the valuable existing space. With the human body as a guideline, the modules are given shape according to programmatic needs of solitude or community. Their clear geometry promotes the subtle nuances of the surrounding space. An accentuated materiality is driven by the specific properties of wool and wood, with the two materials paired and refined into climatized forms to make spaces for bodies. In each module the materials are manipulated slightly differently, with techniques derived from vernacular traditions.
Biennale Sneak Peek
Biennale Sneak Peek
Image 1 – How will we live together?
OPAFORM add modules to old buildings and thus provide them with new household typologies with high spatial qualities. Crafted in wood and wool and with the human body as a guideline, the nest is given shape according to programmatic needs.
Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
Steam-bent oak in a sphere draped in wool felted on silk. The sphere creates an intimate space for an individual. New household-typologies, work in progress.
Det norske Utenriksdepartementet v / Kulturseksjonen
Bergen kommune, Internasjonal kunst- og kulturutvikling
Bergen Bil og Båt
Rolf Olsen Eiendomsselskap v / Andreas Grimelund
Sørværet Villsau v / Hilde Buer
OPAFORM: Marina Bauer & Espen Folgerø
Team members: Turid Skåden, Tord Træen, Nikolina Søgnen, Tzuchien Chang