The boundaries between theatre and domestic retreat are blurred at Estonia’s Home Stage pavilion, set in a real-life Venice rental apartment which will house a roster of performing tenants.
For this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, the country is taking over an apartment close to Arsenale and inviting festival-goers to insert themselves into the everyday experience of the person living there.
Each month a new performer will move into the dwelling, which will be opened up to visitors from morning until afternoon. The experience promises to be a mix of real life and scripted drama, with ‘performances’ lasting around an hour and a half and looping throughout the day and in different areas of the space on Salizada Streta.
Curator Mari Möldre says visitors can expect to see ‘ordinary duties as well as fictional outbursts’ and suggests that different tenants might adopt different acts and behaviours. The space will also house some other curiosities, including a bizarre set of kitchen tools, a ‘fountain of sinks’, and a cabinet filled with artefacts – whose use remains unclear and will evolve over the next few months.
‘Performances’ of Home Stage run daily until 26 November at Salizada Streta 96, 30122 Venice, Italy