Katarzyna Krakowiak. Sound Pavilion

Sound Pavilion by Katarzyna Krakowiak

Architecture is an imperfective verb – it is infinite and immeasurable. It is not just a building and visual space, but also time, scent, movement. It is also a sound that interplays with space. Architecture can be composed; architecture can be listened to. The sound of a thump against the walls of a building is meant to divert attention from its appearance and create a platform for a discussion on the consequences of modernism and invisible aspects of architecture as a social process (overproduction, sexism). Krakowiak poses questions about the status of architectural icons in the era of climate change, and the basic functions of buildings that require a redefinition. She also raises the issue of the overlooked role of women in the history of architecture, while also addressing the issue of contemporary gender inequalities in the field.


Curator: Marcin Szczelina (Architecture Snob), Ivan Blasi (Fundació Mies van der Rohe)

Partners: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Instituto Polaco de Cultura en Madrid


Katarzyna Krakowiak creates sculptures, objects, sounds, sound installations and situations, all of them in order to find languages to describe architecture. Central to her work to date has been the concept of (sonic) taction, elaborated by formations of acoustic environments, welcoming the viewer-listener to submersion. Her works later expanded to large-scale installations with the use of existing urban structures in her investigations of limits of architecture. At present, Krakowiak’s work is extended into a conceptualization of architecture – and its unmeasurability – in linguistic terms: as an imperfective verb – a part of a process, a phase in observing and re-imagining, of acting and non-acting, of taking action and its cessation; and as language – a space of becoming and deconstruction, appearing differently, according to its usage; apparently, the same, but different, when unpeopled or inhabited.


Awarded (among others) by St. John’s College of Oxford University (UK), Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland), Trust for Mutual Understanding (US). In 2012 she got a special award for solo exhibition “Making the walls quake as if they were dilated with the secret knowledge of great power” (curator: Michał Libera) at the Polish Pavilion on the 13th International Exhibition of Architecture – la Biennale di Venezia Common Ground. Mother, partner, academic teacher. She lives and works in Otwock, Poland.


Marcin Szczelina – architecture critic and curator based in Warsaw. An expert of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. LafargeHolcim Awards Ambassador. The founder of the Architecture Snob a platform for testing the boundaries of architecture. The author of numerous texts devoted to contemporary architecture, writing for Domus Magazine. Co-author of the project “Let’s talk about garbage” in the main exhibition at Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Alejandro Aravena. Curator of the exhibition “Littered” in Pavilion 512 Copernicus Science Center in 2019.

Photos: Anna Mas

Project by Katarzyna Krakowiak, curated by Marcin Szczelina and Ivan Blasi.
Organised in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Supported by Instituto Polaco de Cultura en Madrid