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About the project

12ª Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de Sao Paulo 2019

Invited to intervene in the glass facade of SESC 24 de Maio, Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation proposed a film installation entitled Social Transparency. As an investigation of the building’s transparent frontage, Social Transparency explores this imposing element in all its ingenuity and layers, inquiring about the obsession of bringing glass to buildings to ultimately unveil the everyday making of a society. The film brings together micro-narratives recounting how the facade was manufactured and assembled, revealing the origin of its components and trajectories of its suppliers, scrutinizing its technological and social performance: how, to whom and by whom it is maintained. To this end, Andrés Jaque and his team conducted research work, including a series of interviews with an interdisciplinary group of interlocutors, from the architects to the building’s cleaners and some of São Paulo’s prominent experts on urban and environmental issues. The video installation invites visitors and bystanders to reflect on how the most trivial aspects of a construction can disclose deep and unknown political, economic and social mechanisms.


Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Research Team:

Andrés Jaque, Marcos García Mouronte, Jesse McCormick, Eno Chen

Design and Installation Team

Roberto González García, Ludovica Battista, Marcos García Mouronte, Alberto Heras Hernández, Eno Chen, Paola Pardo.


Marcos García Mouronte, Eno Chen.

Voice Over

Ludovica Battista

Video editing

Ludovica Battista,

With Special Gratitude to:

Milton Braga

Helena Cavalheiro

Steve Chappell, Gabor Cseh

Clarisse Cunha

Vanessa Grossman

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Ciro Miguel, José Paulo Gouvêa, Clarissa Mohany and Fernanda Teixeira (Baú – laboratório audiovisual Escola da Cidade)

Paulo Saldiva

Gerson Santos Nascimento

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