How will we live in 2038?

A story from the future for the present

By 2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Billie and Vincent on Piazza San Marco, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Spring 2038. The world has changed. Intelligent systems ensure fair distribution processes, the smallest and largest communities interact in feedback loops, and peace reigns in dimmed prosperity. A serene civilization. But being 18 years old is still exciting. 

Billie and her personal AI, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Billie is an architecture student. Her father, who was an architect and a huge fan of popstar Billie Eilish, died tragically in 2033. At the time, Billie was just 13 years old. She has since defined herself as an engaged teenager, and is an active member of Nouvelle  Global.

Billie, Vincent and his personal AI, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Vincent was born in Vienna on May 8, 2020, during the first Austrian lockdown, to a lawyer from Venice and a cabaret artist from Bologna. He is spending the summer of 2038 with his grandparents in Bologna. He also sympathises with Nouvelle Global, but is less dedicated.

Vincent: Hey!

- They hug. Long. -


Good to see you Billie ... How are you?


Billie: Good, good... Venice was a great idea!

Vincent: Have you been here before?

- They start walking. -


Billie: Only once, with my dad. To see some exhibition.

Vincent: Art?

Billie: Think so. I was 10.

- Still walking. Slow. -

Billie: Do you hang out here a lot?

Vincent: Sometimes. I like it.

Billie: I like it too.

- Billie looks around. -

Billie, Vincent and their personal AIs, Still from Interrail, © 2038, From the collection of: 2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia
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Billie and Vincent in the German Pavilion, Still from Interrail, © 2038, From the collection of: 2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia
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"I like you Greta, I like you too Greta!" Still from Interrail, © 2038, From the collection of: 2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia
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- Billie and Vincent come to the German Pavilion. -

Billie: My mother thinks that the early twenties were a totally broken time.

Vincent: They were. The rich were super rich and yet totally unhappy because there was no sense of direction at all.

Billie: And everyone else started complaining.

Vincent: There was a lot to complain about.

Billie: And many were totally messed up.

Vincent: Were your parents messed up?

Billie: My mother says she and my father and their friends were actually doing rather well. She finds that almost absurd in retrospect. And then my father was involved in the negotiations.

Vincent: What does your dad do for a living?


Billie: He was an architect.

Billie, Vincent and their personal AIs, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Billie, Vincent and their personal AIs

Billie and Vincent entering the German Pavilion, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

V: Is that why you want to be an architect?
B: Kind of. Dad was more interested in legislation. In central Bavaria, he made sure land was not owned privately anymore... 
V: Private ownership of land? When was that? 
B: 2028!
V: Krass

Billie and Vincent in the German Pavilion, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

B: Most of his colleagues were stuck with details and forgot about the potentiality. Scared of reality in a way. My dad saw the bigger picture.

V: Nice.  

Billie and Vincent talking about Digital Technologies and Ecology, Still from Interrail by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

B: And my dad really understood that architecture is about being managed by the environment rather than managing the environment.
V: Sounds great.
B: It’s not about the finished object but about processes and systems you design. 
V: Sure .... 

Credits

Billie - VANESSA YEBOAH
Vincent - LEO ALTARAS
Pavillon Host - ALESSANDRA QUATTRINI
Pavillon Host - CLEMENS SCHICK
Pavillon Host - JEANNE TREMSAL

Directed by - CHRISTOPHER ROTH
Screenplay by - LEIF RANDT
Produced by - OLAF GRAWERT

Executive Production by - ATTILA SAYGEL, JONAS JANKE

Production Management by - MARCO FANTACUZZI, CINEMA KEY
with the support of - PIERO ZENNARO, TECNOSERVICE VERDARI

Costume by - BELLE SANTOS
Vest by - IVO SEMENITSCH

Cinematography by - KONSTANTIN MINNICH
Camera Assistance by - LUIS MENEGALE

Sound by - MARCO ZAMBRANO
Light by - GIANLUCA CECCONELLO

Drone by - NICOLA BERTATO, ALESSANDRO MEGGIOLAN

VFX by - JULIAN WÄCKERLIN, PAN HU, ANTON KREBS

Post Production by - SEVERIN BÄRENBOLD

Credits: Story

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