Jason Kelly Johnson from Future Cities Lab in San Francisco will be giving a series of talks and workshops at this year's 2014 Venice Biennale as a part of the Swiss Pavilion. This year the pavilion will be curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist (co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery) and designed by Herzog & de Meuron Architects. The pavilion's scientific director is Lorenza Baroncelli: "In accordance with this year's Biennial theme and within the context of re-examining the architecture fundamentals of the past century, the Swiss pavilion will focus on a retrospective on the Swiss sociologist Lucius Burckhardt and the British architect Cedric Price, two lateral thinkers who would foreshadow the fundamentals of the currently nascent form of architecture."
A preliminary description of Jason's workshop (Dates in July TBA):
The summer workshop at the 2014 Venice Biennale Swiss Pavilion will explore the efficacy of digital processes and their potential to contribute to a wider conversation about cities, technology and culture. Through the production of experimental and speculative Urban Mapping Machines, the workshop will endeavor to contribute to a wider debate within architecture about the role architects might play in a coming world where the lines between the digital and the physical are rapidly being blurred, and the effects of global climate change are becoming increasingly tangible and actionable. Workshop participants will prototype live and scripted robotic drawing machines that are capable of both real-time sensor-based drawings, and scripted urban drawings that are informed by open GIS data, and GPS-guided mobile robotic rovers.