The Influence of Temporality: Exhibiting Architecture and the Prospect of Immediacy of Discipline at the Venice Biennale


  • Davor Ereš Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Serbia



exhibiting architecture; temporality; contemporaneity; Venice Biennale of Architecture; discipline of architecture.


The state of architecture being exhibited and (re)exposed through formats of public display does not present the central framework of architectural production. However, the condition of exhibiting architecture is opening a set of valuable prospects for the discipline – it creates a specific temporal form of displacement for architecture in which a multifaceted set of connotations and views of this discipline is being provoked. The exhibition and its structure are understood here primarily as a point in time; a specific temporal form with its own tactics of appearance that make the notion of contemporaneity occur.

Taking the context of the Venice Biennale of Architecture as the most prominent platform for global overview of architectural practice, this paper will reflect on today’s relevance of architecture as an aesthetic discipline related not only to designing (projection and production of architecture), but to its post-production (exhibiting architecture) as well. Claiming that architectural contemporaneity is motivated primarily by the urge for actuality – setting the new emerges as the formative property of the discipline.

This paper aims to prove that the specific temporal form of exhibition reveals a proposition for regenerating the competency of architectural discipline. This proposition about being present manifests itself as a prospect for the immediacy of the discipline, as the qualitative evidence of architecture’s immanency to continuously reconstitute and actualize, maintaining the passage to keep its influence in shaping our world.

Author Biography

Davor Ereš, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Research Assistant at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Davor is active in the fields of architectural design, teaching, and research with a special focus on the models of learning through architecture, (post)production of architecture, and the questions of contemporaneity. His main professional drive is set around the prospect of architecture as a strategy for critical practice and action. He was a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade in various courses on architectural design at the bachelor and master studies from 2003 to 2015. Since 2015 he has been engaged as a lecturer at several international architectural workshops and schools of architecture. Since 2016, he is a guest teacher at the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, Paris. Davor exhibited at Venice Biennale and Tallinn Architectural Biennale. He is a founder of the architectural platform “Poligon”, through which he practices architecture and develops independent research projects.


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How to Cite

Ereš, D. (2023). The Influence of Temporality: Exhibiting Architecture and the Prospect of Immediacy of Discipline at the Venice Biennale. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (31), 11–22.



Main Topic: The Concept of ‘Influence’ in Art and Aesthetics