Vardiya / the Shift commits a program full of public events to turn Pavilion of Turkey into an open space for temporary accommodation, production and encountering. It is envisioned as a hotspot for workshops, roundtable discussions and informal meetings, welcoming over a hundred international students of architecture, tens of tutors, guest professionals, keynote speakers and visitors while inviting all to a continuous learning and production process throughout the twenty-five weeks of the biennial. The organization of the program puts students of architecture into frontline by an international open call. Among five hundred applicants responding to the questions "Why does biennial exist? What does the biennial do? For whom does the biennial exist?", shortlisted participants invite visitors and guests to think on the purpose and role of the biennials through their video installations. Along with the outcomes of this open call, students are encouraged to be active producers of the evolving exhibition content in the pavilion through workshops with a variety of contributing actors.
* shift: "vardiya" in Turkish: noun (va'rdiya) In Italian, "guardia"