We want to encourage the use of Stadium of Close looking through drawing workshops and activities focused on the specific idea of observation. The workshops have been implemented into our daily schedules with very good response from the public, who are interested to have such a personal, interactive experience on their visit around the biennal, and are enthusiastic about being guided to draw with a new emphasis on observation. When discussing the workshop with Cristina from muf we noticed that we were working with a limited array of still life objects. (the objects available to draw in the stadium are segments of broken ceramics and glass found in a construction site in London). We felt that learning to draw through observation could be pushed one stage further with one of the best methods - Life Drawing.
The whole exhibition is centred around the observation of life – from Gavagnin's photographs documenting society to Bonometto's study of wildlife in the lagoon, and so it would be fitting to present a living subject matter for the public to draw.
Exploring this proposal we realised the potential connection to be made between using a female life-model and the feminist movement that is touched upon in the exhibition. Using a female life-model could be used as an illustration of the objectification of women, the theme of the feminine undercroft. This made us question our proposal, as we didn't want to be seen to support this. So what would it mean to use a male-model?
We understand that having a life-model would attract controversy, as a large proportion of our visitors are children, and the fact that public nudity is associated with scandal - in society nudity cannot be separated from nakedness and sexuality.
We realise the potential there is in this proposal for publicity for the pavilion. However we would not want to detract attention from the exhibits or cause superficial scandal, rather to act as an educational exercise to support the ideas of the exhibition.