Feature, 04.04.2019

Witty irony, honesty and humor behind Lake Verea’s “Paparazza Moderna” exhibition at Vitra Design Museum

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Lake Verea photograph the »Guy C. Wilson House« (1939) of R.M. Schindler, Silverlake, California Paparazza Moderna Serie, 2011–2018 © Lake Verea

There is an interesting erotic language surrounding the typology of renowned modernist residencies – made familiar as iconic villas that harmoniously welcome and fulfill all your desires. Mining the corporealized qualities of inanimate structures through a tongue-in cheek manner the Mexican artist duo Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea haunt their favorite architectural masterpieces like paparazzies – unannounced and spontaneous – with the aim of capturing them in an unembellished, private state.

Project, 28.03.2019

Balkrishna Doshi – Architecture for the People at VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM
Mar 30 – Sep 08, 2019

For Balkrishna Doshi, the architect, urban planner and educator, space is an extension of life and a methodology to look at the world. This humanist sensibility shapes the architectural vocabulary of the Pritzker Prize laureate whose early years were spent under the formative tenure of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. His pioneering vision of a holistic habitat grounded in bridging modernist principles with local traditions marks projects ranging in scale from academic campuses to institutions as well as social housing and residences.

Feature, 26.03.2019

What if? Cross-mapping alternative future scenarios at the Creative Exchange of Future Architecture Platform

FAP_webEUROTOPIE, 2018 © Philippe Braquenier | Built floating and foldable prototype, Photo: Kayhan Kaygusuz | Lecture at “Garden State” during Basel’s Theatre Festival, in September 2018. Image: Celine Baumann

What do Millennials dream of, against the concrete realities of crushing housing crisis and surging political fragmentation? By giving a stage to emerging creative talents, the Future Architecture Platform, a network comprised of 21 architecture institutions from across Europe, encourages them to articulate thosecollective imaginaries and speculative projections. The platform is not only drawing stimuli from tomorrow’s generations but also from the unique format of discursive collaborations that are emerging from it.

Feature, 06.12.2018

Frizz23 – a building cooperative for education creative business and temporary living in Berlin

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© Photo: Jan Bitter, Sketch: Deadline Architekten

The completion of Frizz23 in Kreuzberg marks a milestone and a stroke of good fortune in Berlins real estate politics. This cooperative building demonstrates the possibilities of bottom-up urban development how it can be constructive and successful when the lead is taken by citizens and local actors.

Frizz23 combinenon-profit education, small creative businesses and temporary residences under a single cooperative building venture. In a tireless process of interchange with local actors, the district authorities and the Berlin Senate, the initiators FORUM Berufsbildung and Deadline Architects along with the building groups forty-two members have created a diverse structure, that is more than just another private facility for investor-owners fromthe creative class: The education offered here is accessible to everyone, including low-income segments of society. Frizz23 is an attempt to counteract the impending gentrification of this area and project an image of another Berlin.

Project, 21.09.2018

BNKR | SPACE IS THE PLACE (1/4):
Thresholds. Limits of Space
Sept 13–Dec 9, 2018

Web_BNKRAndrea Fraser, Little Frank and His Carp, 2001 © The artist, Galerie Nagel Draxler | Jeewi Lee, Einschlag © The artist | Raul Watch, Eureka, 2015 © The artist | Wermke / Leinkauf, Überwindungsübungen, 2015 © Wermke / Leinkauf
The exhibition cycle SPACE IS THE PLACE starts with the group exhibition Thresholds. Limits of Space. Based on Bruce Nauman’s seminal work Body Pressure (1974) which provides a set of typed out instructions for merging their bodies with an architectural surface, the exhibition explores the corporal-spatial unit of critically experiencing space through the works of different generations of artists. In her ingenious single channel video performance entitled Little Frank and His Carp (2001), the American artist Andrea Fraser is for example seen walking around the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao listening to the institution’s official audio guide, which culminates in an equally ironic and erotic encounter between the artist and the architecture. Wermke/Leinkauf investigate the surmounting of architectures in Berlin’s former border area in a 6-channel slide projection. Here, archive images from 1974/75 depicting East German border troops simulating an escape at a so called “Lehrgrenze“ (“training border“) serve as source material for the German artist duo. The work reflects upon the former border situation and deals in a playful way with history, freedom and memory. With new in-situ works Jeewi Lee and Raul Walch also dedicate themselves to artistic conquest of spatial borderlines in interior and exterior spaces. Jeewi Lee’s Einschlag (“Impact”) ingeniously inverts the actual purpose of a wrecking ball as an instrument to bring down walls and demolish buildings. Hanging from the ceiling of the former bomb shelter, the wrecking ball appears as if after an act of destruction. Obvious traces of deformation caused by the inner walls of the exhibition space show on the wrecking ball and not as originally preconceived. Here, the wrecking ball itself becomes a metaphorical depiction of the brutal history of the WWII bunker. Raul Walch takes the discourse into the urban realm with a series of work entitled Eureka. In Berlin and Munich, Walch transforms city hydrants in the surrounding urban environment into ephemeral fountains. 

Project, 12.09.2018

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY BRINGS ART AND DESIGN TO FUNKHAUS BERLIN
SEP 8–OCT 12, 2018

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Berlin is a fascinating yet chaotic whirlwind of clashing architectural sites, with some of its most monumental and distinctive landmarks inherited from the German Democratic Republic era. Distinctively embodying the GDR’s engineering ambitions, Funkhaus is a colossal broadcasting centre and studio complex designed during the 1950s by the distinguished Bauhaus architect Franz Ehrlich. His job was to create the world’s largest and most sophisticated recording facility that promised to be an ideal marriage of German functionality and Eastern decadence. It was constructed to symbolize the virtues of equality, collectivity and openness by bringing a wide array of musical genres under one roof. Red Bull Music Academy is celebrating their 20th anniversary at the historic complex, which has been converted into a creative microcosm. 61 international musicians have been selected to participate in the Academy, they will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new things and expand their musical vocabulary. Design studio New Tendency has created a bespoke furniture collection for the Academy, combining lounge modules, tables and sofas that bring back the essence of Bauhaus design principles and through a poetic and playful tone rejuvenate the functional and rational aesthetic of the interiors. Part of the transformation is an exhibition showcasing Berlin’s established and most promising emerging artists. Hailing from different generations, the artists have been carefully selected by Johann König. The exhibition takes central stage at the Lecture Hall with large-scale paintings by Karl Horst Hödicke, a pioneer of German neo-expressionism and a representative of the New Figuration, depicting Berlin in the decades before and after the fall of the wall.

Project, 29.08.2018

Projekt Bauhaus Werkstatt / Datatopia
Aug 30–Sept 2, 2018

Datatopia_Web© Armin Linke, 2013. | Benjamin Bratton, Strelka Institute.

As both a forward-looking movement and a child of its time Bauhaus looked to interconnect various forms of knowledge—technical, scientific, emotional and creative. Workshops at Bauhaus school were known as spaces for creativity and innovation where testing of design prototypes was guided by material and technological experimentation. Today we live in times when the belief in utopian aspirations of modernism has lost its innocence, but the ideals are carried forward and awaiting to be dynamically reformulated in relation to the present situation in society. Project Bauhaus looks to critically examine the ethos of Bauhaus teaching by using its methods. This year’s iteration, Projekt Bauhaus Workshop / Datatopia takes inspiration from the Bauhaus workshop structure in order to explore the emancipatory potential of technology, question the idea of progress and formulate a critique of the present through design. Projekt Bauhaus Workshop has found a fitting home at the site of Floating University, an old, concrete rainwater basin right next to the Tempelhof airfield that has been repurposed into a visionary inner city offshore laboratory for collective, experimental learning. Over the course of four days the guests and the participants will exchange on the current state of research through workshops, lectures, exhibitions and performances. Renowned speakers will include Benjamin Bratton, Keller Easterling, Armin Linke, T’ai Smith, and Eyal Weizman, with on-site artistic interventions specially developed for the occasion by Morehshin Allahyari, Olaf Nicolai and Brave New Alps.

Feature, 28.03.2018

Catastrophe Colours 2018 at BNKR, Munich
Gonzalez Haase AAS with June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff
Mar 7 – Apr 22, 2018

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The Catastrophe Colours 2018. An Exhibition by Gonzalez Haase AAS and June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff,  Photography: Dominik Gigler

A rejection of colour has come to characterise the aesthetic of modern architecture. White and monochromatic tones were often seen as the antithesis of purity, honesty and authenticity. Stemming from a time that defies any categorization, can contemporary architecture embody a more complex and shifting relationship to colour? Reaffirming the status of colour as primarily a sensory perception, architecture office Gonzalez Haase AAS has developed the book Catastrophe Colours, underlining a critical approach to colour theory in the present. By confronting media images of catastrophes with their inherent chromatic essence, the book establishes a new inventory of colour. One that is based on research, linkage and storytelling, echoing the basic components of our information society. For this exhibition at BNKR, Gonzalez Haase collaborated  with June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, to arrange various catastrophe colours into new sets of colour like Middle East Conflict, Vietnam War, Cold War, Nuclear Disaster, Oil Spills and Terrorism. Such new samples are specifically adopted from a political context, transforming colour patterns into narratives. An event as part of the program „Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.“ curated by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm.

Project, 16.03.2018

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 – today
Vitra Design Museum
Mar 16 – Sep 9, 2018

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Soundsystem Despacio, New Century Hall, Manchester International Festival, Juli 2013 © Rod Lewis / Guests at Studio 54, New York, 1979. © Bill Bernstein, David Hill Gallery, London / Installation views, Photos: Mark Niedermann

Nightclubs and discothèques are hotbeds of contemporary culture. Since the 20th century, they have been centres of the avant-garde that question the established codes of social life and experiment with different realities. Interior and furniture design merges with graphics, and art with sound, light, fashion and special effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk. Night Fever is the first exhibition to give a comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub, examining its cultural context from numerous perspectives. Examples range from Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular, from the Palladium in New York designed by Arata Isozaki to more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London. Featuring films and vintage photographs, posters, flyers and fashion, the exhibition incorporates music, light and spatial installations to take visitors on a fascinating journey through a world of glamour and subcultures – always in search of the night that never ends. In a night that never ends, the exhibition begs the question of whether the disco culture has evolved into a particular direction.

Project, 16.01.2018

Expeditions / Exhibitions – Antarctica as a project
Talk & Film at BNKR
Jan 17, 2018

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Frozen tent for the Antarctic-Biennale 2017, Work + Photo: Gustav Düsing

 

For most people, Antarctica, the earth’s sixth continent, is so far away that it can be perceived as common heritage, as an agile archive and laboratory, in which a new era of ecological consciousness is being fostered. Antarctica is a geographic end of the world yet central to global debates about climate change. But what are the intellectual and practical coordinates of commissioning art in such a location? Can we even talk about an ‘antarctic imaginary’ beyond scientific discourse? Starting with a screening of Pierre Huyghes’ film A Journey That Wasn’t, the event “Expeditions / Exhibitions” investigates the topic of travels and their presentation. What follows is a discussion between Antarctic Biennale participant Gustav Düsing, author and expert in Huyghe’s work Marie-France Rafael, and co-curator of the Antarctic Biennale Nadim Samman addressing the larger questions at hand. As part of the event, Düsing will reveal his architectural contribution to the biennial: a tent made of frozen fabric as a reference to the most prominent typology that has been used for Arctic expeditions since the 19th century. This event is part of Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets., an ongoing program developed by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm, derived from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island. Artists, writers, architects, theorists and scientists are invited to discuss their interpretations of time through different formats.