Dark Side Club Venezia

Matteo Cainer was invited by Robert White and the Dark Side Club to take the ‘reins of the detail of the debate and curatorial direction’ for the 7th Edition of the Dark Side Club during the vernissage days of the 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venezia.

The overarching theme proposed by Matteo Cainer was Digital submission or Architectural Domination. This was then elaborated in the evenings of the 23rd, 24th and 25th of May 2018.


Overarching theme:

Digital submission or Architectural Domination?

‘Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it, but we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral.’ 
- Heidegger

Contrasted with the past century, the third aspirant revolution in energy and communication finds itself struggling against apathy, and a lack of desire, passion, interest and even identity. Technological advances positioned to serve society are largely overlooked in a crisis of ideas and a mentality obsessed with appearance rather than essence.

These have all led us to face the reality of a diminishing of the role of architects and architectural discourse. Meanwhile, the greater public seems to believe more and more in architecture and its manifestations.

It is therefore important to explore, discuss and critically engage with our mode of cultural existence. We need to redefine the impact and role of technology in architecture with respect to our image-based society through representation and education. We must question industrial advancement in construction, material technologies, robotics, but more importantly man and nature in these contexts and within our future cities.

Have we delegated power to technology systems to such an extent that we are now in an age of subconscious digital submission, or has architecture dominated these tools to create new opportunities in the profession and within the urban context? Have we conjured new architectural theories for the advancing technologies within cities and specifically with respect to man or are we living by proxy?

Who is the master and who is the slave? Do we enjoy being passively and actively submissive or do we want to develop new strategies that challenge our interaction with technology by fostering different levels of engagement through the social, economic and cultural spheres?

The respective themes and details of the evenings:

23rd - Cyber-polis, Media-polis, Data-polis, Porno-polis, Techno-polis.
24th - Mirror Mirror
25th - The awareness of Skynet


Dark Side Club 2018
Host: Robert White - White Partners
Curator: Matteo Cainer
Team: Elo Aun
Photographer: Oliver Haas, Sarale Gur Lavy

Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, Venezia, Italy