These pavilions are not to be understood as state agents for national branding, but instead as places of highly subjective artistic and political reflection. Beyond the boundaries of cultural disciplines, architects, theater artists, performers, and visual artists seek to examine ideas, systems, and phenomena by which even the most outlying cultures are now globally connected with each other. The exhibit is not the world as it is or should be, but how we perceive, understand, and interpret it. Can it still be represented and negotiated as a totality at all?
The architecture of the 15 pavilions can be understood as a contribution to a discussion about managing resources sensibly. A third of the exhibition spaces involve reformations of structures that belonged to the existing facilities of the former airport field. Other structures were erected from modules that were used in the summer of 2011 at the festival "Survival" at the House of World Cultures. Only three pavilions are new structures, and only to a limited degree.