Venice Biennale 2016, Australian Exhibition

The Pool is a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity. Be they natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent,  visitors to the new Australian pavilion in Venice will be invited to explore the pools of Australia in all their forms.

Told through a series of interviews with prominent Australians including Olympians Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould, writers Anna Funder and Christos Tsiolkas, Fashion Designers Romance Was Born, musician Paul Kelly, Environmentalist Tim Flannery and Indigenous Art Curator Hetti Perkins; from pools of necessity to the pools of excess, the pool is illustrated as a key architectural device, a memory and also a setting. It has the unique ability to evoke both the sacred and the profane, and represents a distinctively Australian democratic and social space - a great leveller of difference.

The exhibition places a pool within pavilion creating  an immersive multi sensory experience that will transport visitors poolside - connecting them with the stories through audio recordings, visual and written media accessed in the format of radios and newspapers to sit and listen to, or read by the pool.

Creative Directors: Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland, Michelle Tabet
Advisor: Olivia Hyde
Identity and Book Design: Stephen Goddard (Project Two)
Sound Artist: Bree Van Reyk
Audio Interview Editor: Kate Montague
Acoustic and Audio Engineer: Christopher Sims, Arup
Lighting: Nick Schlieper and Sian James-Holland
Chair design and production: Elliat Rich in collaboration with the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)
Scent Artist:  Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins with Maison Balzac
Engineers: Event Engineering
Pool Engineer: Livio Chiarot
Builder: Lochbuild
Photography: Brett Boardman, Alexander Mayes

THE POOL (THE BOOK) can be purchased from Books at Manic.

RADIO PODCASTS of the voices in the space can be heard on ABC Radio National.

Anerle Aneme means 'sit a little while' in the Central Australian Arrente language. 
Designed by industrial designer Elliat Rich and fabricated specifically for this exhibition through an Indigenous Training program in Alice Springs, the chair can be purchased from the Centre for Appropriate Technology