Carving the Senses

Venice Design 2016 / Time - Space - Existence in the context of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Satyendra Pakhalé has been invited to participate in the context of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale in the exhibition – Venice Design 2016. The exhibition is organized by Global Art Affairs, a non-profit foundation from the Netherlands and hosted by the European Cultural Centre.

In affinity with architecture, Satyendra Pakhalé responded with a tectonic piece, three meters high, that is a sculpture, design, architecture and nature all at once. By integrating his innovative add-On Radiator produced by the renowned venetian design manufacturer TUBES Radiatori into a tectonic space, Satyendra Pakhalé created the archi-sculpture – ‘Carving the Senses’. The archi-sculpture invites the viewer to experience its atmosphere through form, texture, color and light by evoking all six senses, including the ‘sense of thought’.

The exhibition will take place from 28 May - 27 November 2016 at Palazzo Michiel in Venice during the 15th Venice International Architectural Biennale 2016.

The moment one puts an object in space it already becomes architecture. Architecture is not merely a building, but the expression of the human ability to inhabit the natural space through form. As a consequence, for me it has been a natural progression to be engaged with architecture over several years. Architectural design has become an integral part of the studio practice though industrial design remains the core. 

For the Venice Architecture Biennale we wanted to create an atmosphere designed to nurture the senses. Primal yet having the sense of future, the created space is a monolithic form where tectonics brings the material into presence. The idea is to convey the sensation of inhabiting a living space, which is a sculpture, design, architecture and nature all at once. In architecture radiators are technical looking components and often neglected, even though they are one of the most utilitarian products. By blending industrial design into this piece with add-On Radiator, it becomes a protagonist tectonic element in an architectural setting. When we designed the add-On radiator the idea was to go beyond functionality. It was thought to occupy a space with its totemic presence addressing all human senses and more.

Carving the Senses aims at creating a unified sensorial experience through inclusion. What we are interested in is the perception of atmospheres that evokes a ‘sense of thought’. Carving the Senses is a sculpture to dwell, which attempts to kindle that poetic sensorial quality.