Swiss artist Veronika Spierenburg at the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo

04/Aug/2019 - Culture and social -


Letter from the curator of the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo.pdf

Costs of the postproduction.pdf


The Swiss visual artist will present a video about the architect Vilanova Artigas at the Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo in September and need funds for the postproduction for the finishing touches (4000 fr.). The sponsors will be accredited in the film.

Veronika Spierenburg (1981) is an artist living in Zurich. She studied design at the University of Basel, then a bachelor’s degree in photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and graduated with a Fine Art Master’s degree from Central Saint Martins College, London. She exhibited internationally in Helsinki, Rotterdam, London, Amsterdam and Zurich. She traveled to Japan, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Tbilisi and Genoa with various artist residencies, and in 2013 she won the Manor Art Prize. Her latest work she presented at the exhibition New North, a reduced-modern sound pavilion designed for urban space..

Contact details:

Veronika Spierenburg
Wuhrstrasse 8
8003 Zürich
Tel. +41 (79) 218 8662
[email protected]


Veronika Spierenburg: False Bird of Paradise
Video 2019, 15 Minuten
False Bird of Paradise


The video is called False Bird of Paradise is developed from video recordings in Sao Paulo about the architect Vilanova Artigas. Over numerous visits to private houses that Artigas built between the 1960s and ‘70s I gradually gathered a video archive of these structures. The work’s title refers to the ‘false bird of paradise’ genus of plants – the botanic name for which is Heliconia – frequently found at Artigas`s buildings. The sound is composed by Swiss musician Bit-Tuner.

In reduced, almost surgical-dissecting imagery, the work exposes recurring elements of Vilanova Artigas’ architecture: On the one hand, there are the characteristic supporting forms and structures that organize the space vertically and make the point of contact between the floor and the roof swing; on the other hand, there are the characteristic diagonal structures that make space dynamic. The video makes it clear how systematically Vilanova Artigas’ buildings eliminate the separation of interior and exterior space – for example, through the use of windows, doors or viewing terraces. Finally, as Spierenburg’s work makes clear, Vilanova Artigas also deals with the tension between architecture and nature in his designs. In these sensual textures of image and sound, reduced subtitles are interwoven – short quotes on texture, material and color of Brazilian fruits.