Open Meeting: Sharing Community Building Models

Open Meeting: Sharing Community Building Models

August 9th, 2019

 

4–6 pm: Open meeting (RSVP: info@storefrontnews.org with a brief description of your work)

6–8 pm: Drinks, dancing, and music by Sonido Caluda

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

As part of Aquí vive gente, Storefront for Art and Architecture and the East Harlem Culture Collective will host an open meeting on Sharing Community Building Models that brings together local artists, collectives, and organizations focused on community engagement and cultural production in New York City. In a conversation moderated by Alonso Gorozpe, former coordinator of the East Harlem Culture Collective, participants will share their experiences on the opportunities and challenges for self-organized cultural initiatives. For more information or to attend, please email info@storefrontnews.org with a brief description of your work.

 

After the meeting, Aquí vive gente will remain open to the public late for a set by Sonido Caluda, an NYC-based pioneer of the movimiento sonidero who has been hosting parties in New York City and around the Americas for more than two decades. Movimiento sonidero is a genre of public parties and social events from Mexico City in which DJs and entertainers called “sonideros” bring together communities through dance, music, and oration. Read more about the sonidero movement here.

 

Storefront’s current exhibition, Aquí vive gente, presents the first iteration of the Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra (MHC PDT). MHC PDT is a new cultural institution that seeks to preserve the memory and heritage of the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Initiated by a collective called Brigada Puerta de Tierra and led by community members from the neighborhood, the museum utilizes a horizontal model of governance in which its activities are determined collectively and based on community interest.

 

Read more about the exhibition here

 

SUPPORT

 

Brigada Puerta de Tierra is the recipient of the 2017 Visible Award (Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Fondazione Zegna), funding from which has supported Aquí vive gente.

 

 

Aquí vive gente is the first exhibition of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s year-long program of exhibitions and events, Building Cycles. Founding support of Building Cycles is generously provided by Linde-Griffith Construction Company and the Graham Foundation.

 

 

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Nominated Publications: Architecture Books – Yet to Be Written

 

The New York Architecture Book Fair is an initiative by Storefront that brings together authors, designers, publishers, critics, and readers to consider what constitutes the most fundamental body of publications in architecture and design. Questioning the idea of the canon, this project seeks to broaden the existing references for architecture culture, which have served to homogenize architectural discourse. 

 

With the purpose of opening up the conversation to new ideas, Storefront launched a Global Survey of Architecture Books that reached more than 1600 scholars, critics, museum directors, historians, and others from 98 countries, asking them to contribute nominations of books from the past 35 years that are fundamental to the development of ideas and culture in architecture.

 

Of the nominated books, a selection of 135 publications were presented in the exhibition as the structural support for a series of bookshelves that will be populated by additional publications throughout the duration of the exhibition, with brief statements that contextualize their relevance. 

 

The below titles form the final list of selected books:

 

Phylogenesis by Foreign Office Architects

Oxymoron and Pleonasm by Kenneth Frampton, Monika Mitášová

The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture: City, Technology and Society in the Information Age by Willy Müller

Blue Monday: Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies by Kazys; Sumrell Robert Varnelis

The World of Madelon Vriesendorp by Beatriz Colomina, Douglas Coupland, Charles Jencks

Translations from Drawing to Building and Other Essays by Robin Evans

Real Estates: Life Without Debt by Jack Self

Le Corbusier: Complete Works (Eight Volumes) by Willy Boesiger

Wege der Moderne und die Folgen / Ways to Modernism And Their Impact (German and English Edition) by Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos

Digital Culture in Architecture by Antoine Picon

A rua da estrada by Álvaro Domingues

Eduardo Souto de Moura: Atlas de Parede, Imagens de Método by Eduardo Souto de Moura, Philip Ursprung, Diogo Seixas Lopes, Pedro Bandeira

Architectural Guide: Riga by Jānis Krastinš, Ivars Strautmanis

El Habitar by Juhani Pallasmaa

La Buena Vida (Spanish Edition) by Iñaki Ábalos

Atlas pintoresco Vol. 2: los viajes by Iñaki Ábalos

Arquitectura y politica / Architecture and Politics: Ensayos para mundos alternativos / Essays for Alternative Worlds (Spanish Edition) by Josep Maria Montaner, Zaida Muxi

El Croquis 94: Neutlings Riedijk 1992-1999 by Richard Levene and Fernando Marquez Cecilia (ed.)

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste by Pierre Bourdieu

Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession by Reinier de Graaf

We Have Never Been Modern by Bruno Latour

Office: Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Seven Rooms by Enrique Walker

Museum of the Future by Cristina Bechtler, Dora Imhof

“Основания культуросоциологии

The Foundations of the Culture of Sociology: Selected Works by Владимир Леонидович Абушенко

Vladimir Leonidovich Abushenko”

Made in Tokyo: Guide Book by Momoyo Kaijima, Junzo Kuroda, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto 

The Kampung Boy by Lat

Are We Human? by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley

Roberto Burle Marx Lectures: Landscape as Art and Urbanism by Gareth Doherty (Editor)

Leonardo Finotti: A Collection of Latin American Modern Architecture by Leonardo Finotti

Geneaology of Modern Architecture: A Comparitive Critical Analysis of Built Form by Kenneth Frampton

From Camp to City: Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara by Edited by Manuel Herz in collaboration with ETH Studio Basel

The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come by Sean Lally

Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura by SO-IL

Elements of Architecture by Rem Koolhaas

Fundamentals: 14th International Architecture Exhibition– La Biennale di Venezia by Rem Koolhaas

Exhibiting the Postmodern by Léa-Catherine Szacka

Atlas Of The Conflict: Israel-Palestine by Malkit Shoshan

Deventer by Matthew Stadler

Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire by Mark Wigley

Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives: The Vanishing Legacy of the Indian Ocean by Mauroof Jameel, Yahaya Ahmad

The Good Life by Iñaki Ábalos

Before Publication: Montage in Art, Architecture, and Book Design by Nanni Baltzer, Martino Stierli (ed.)

Paris Haussmann by Benoît Jallon, Umberto Napolitano, and Franck Boutté (ed.)

Melancholy and Architecture: On Aldo Rossi by Diogo Seixas Lopes

Composition, non-composition (French Edition) by Jacques Lucan

Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City by Stan Allen

Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism by Pier Vittorio Aureli

Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel by Jimenez Lai

Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto 

Kissing Architecture by Sylvia Lavin

Victimas by John Hejduk

The Architectures of Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology by Atelier Bow-Wow

Ten Canonical Buildings 1950-2000 by Peter Eisenman

Tadao Ando: Buildings, Projects, Writings by Kenneth Frampton

John Hejduk: Mask of Medusa: Works 1947-1983 by JOHN). Hejduk, John. Kim Shkapich, Editor (HEJDUK

Greg Lynn Form by Greg Lynn and Mark Rappolt (ed.)

Architecture Culture: 1943-1968 (Columbia Books of Architecture) by Joan Ockman

Architecture and Identity by Chris Abel

Heterotopia and the City: Public Space in a Postcivil Society by Lieven De Cauter, Michiel Dehaene (Editor)

Building Capitalism: Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of Built Environment by Linda Clarke

Le Corbusier: Beton Brut and Ineffable Space (1940 – 1965): Surface Materials and Psychophysiology of Vision by Roberto Gargiani, Anna Rosellini

Architectural Principles in the Age of Cybernetics by Christopher Hight

Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture by Tahl Kaminer

Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory by Neil Leach

Junya Ishigami: Another Scale Of Architecture by Junya Ishigami

Utopie: Texts and Projects, 1967–1978 (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) by Craig Buckley, Jean-Louis Violeau (Editors)

Manifeste du tiers paysage by Gilles Clément

Weak and Diffuse Modernity: The World of Projects at the beginning of the 21st Century by Andrea Branzi

Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth by Forensic Architecture (Editor)

Less is Enough: On Architecture and Asceticism by Pier Vittorio Aureli

Content by Rem Koolhaas

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture by Adrian Forty

Modern Architecture: A Critical History by Kenneth Frampton

The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (Writing Architecture) by Pier Vittorio Aureli

INDEX Architecture: A Columbia Architecture Book by Matthew Berman, Bernard Tschumi (Editors)

Dreaming The Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning by Christine Boyer

Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, Typography, and Printed Images in the History of Architectural Theory by Mario Carpo

The Alphabet and the Algorithm (Writing Architecture) by Mario Carpo

Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media by Beatriz Colomina

5 Petites Pieces Classiques – Various – Gerard Billaudot Editeur – Piano – 510-01881 by Various

Noah’s Ark: Essays on Architecture by Hubert Damisch

Differences: Topographies of Contemporary Architecture by Ignasi de Sola-Morales

Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways, and Houses in America by Keller Easterling

Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades by Keller Easterling

The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries by Robin Evans

Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture by Kenneth Frampton

The Architecture of Science by Peter Galison, Emily Thompson

Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City by Matthew Gandy

Architecture Theory Since 1968 by K. Michael Hays

Architecture and Modernity: A Critique by Hilde Heynen

A Prehistory of the Cloud by Tung-Hui Hu

Japan-ness in Architecture by Arata Isozaki,David B. Stewart

Good City Form by Kevin Lynch

Nissan Pick-ups: Frontier pick-ups (1998 thru 2004), Xterra (2000 thru 2004), Pathfinder (1996 thru 2004) (Haynes Repair Manual) by Ken Freund

The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space by Reihnold Martin

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects by Rafael Moneo

Nightlands: Nordic Building by Christian Norberg-Schulz

Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America by Joan Ockman and Rebecca Williamson

The Portfolio and the Diagram by Hyungmin Pai

Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science by Alberto Perez-Gomez

The Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi 

As I Was Saying by Colin Rowe, Alexander Caragonne

Toward A Minor Architecture by Jill Stoner

The Sphere and the Labyrinth: Avant-Gardes and Architecture from Piranesi to the 1970s by Manfredo Tafuri

Venice and the Renaissance by Manfredo Tafuri

Architecture Depends by Jeremy Till

The Historiography of Modern Architecture by Panayotis Tournikiotis

Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi

Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation: The Question of Creativity in the Shadow of Production by Dalibor Vesely

The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely by Anthony Vidler

Histories of the Immediate Present; Inventing Architectural Modernism by Anthony Vidler 

The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt by Mark Wigley

S, M, L, XL: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large by Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau

Rafael Moneo: Remarks on 21 Works by Rafael Moneo

Atelier Bow: Wow – Graphic Anatomy by Atelier Bow: Wow

Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America by Dianne Harris

Architecture Since 1400 by Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification by Alona Nitzan-Shiftan

Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory by Lukasz Stanek

Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film by Giuliana Bruno

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles by Mike Davis

Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space by Keller Easterling

Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain by Owen Hatherley

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman

Cities of Change: Addis Ababa by Marc Angélil, Dirk Hebel (Editors)

Vladimír Dedeček: Interpretations of His Architecture by Monika Mitásová (Editor)

Oswald Mathias Ungers: Morphologie: City Metaphors by Oswald Mathias Ungers 

Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture by Steven Holl, Juhani Pallasmaa, Alberto Perez-Gomez

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Donald Albrecht (Editors)

Taking Measures Across the American Landscape by James Corner

Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen

Ancient Churches of Ethiopia by David W. Phillipson

Lina Bo Bardi by Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima

Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry by Andrew Saint

The Craftsman by Richard Sennett

Pornotopia: An Essay on Playboy’s Architecture and Biopolitics by Paul B. Preciado

Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency by Felicity D. Scott

Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability by Eyal Weizman

 

See the full list of recent and upcoming programs associated with the New York Architecture Book Fair here.

 

The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair.

 

Bookstores or cultural institutions interested in participating in the Bookstore Network should send an email to jk@storefrontnews.org.

 

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SUPPORT

 

The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair. For a full list of members, see here.

 

Architecture Books – Yet to Be Written and the Bookstore Network are supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, JESCO Lighting Group, Architectural Association Publications, ACTAR, Artbook | D.A.P., Dafne Editora, Harvard University Press, I. B. Tauris, Lars Müller Publishers, Park Books, Rizzoli Publications, University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, Verso Books, Thames & Hudson, Reaktion Books, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Marsilio,The MIT Press, The Monacelli Press, Tongji University Press, University of Chicago Press, Yale University Press, and Zone Books.

 

Programming partners for the New York Architecture Book Fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, and the New York Public Library.

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Book Launch: Juan Downey, 1940–1993

 

with editors Julieta González and Javier Rivero Ramos

 

97 Kenmare St

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

3–5 pm

 

[RSVP]

 

The relationship of culture to territory and political power is loaded with complexity and layered with history. Through an expanded understanding of what constitutes art and architecture, Chilean artist Juan Downey weaved together an insightful vision of the relationship between people and site that remains prescient today. Downey developed an interdisciplinary and intermedial practice grounded in the social and the political that simultaneously addressed environmental and anthropological concerns, examining society’s cultural shifts through video and interactive art, architecture, and cybernetics.

 

Presented as part of a new year-long public program called Building Cycles, Storefront for Art and Architecture partners with Ediciones MP to host the book launch of Juan Downey: 1940-1993. With the participation of book editors Julieta González and Javier Rivero Ramos, the event reflects the structure of the publication, chronologically positioning Juan Downey’s legacy against a historical background that frames his practice within a wider artistic and political context. 

 

Prior to the event, Aquí vive gente—Storefront’s first exhibition as part of Building Cycles—will be on view to the public. Both Aquí vive gente and the book launch of Juan Downey, 1940-1993 contribute to Storefront’s investigations into building community, understanding  place, and presenting work that challenges contemporary views of our built environments.

 

RSVP here.

 

About Juan Downey: 1940-1993

Dedicated to one of the most emblematic Chilean artists of the second-half of the twentieth century, this publication features the most comprehensive compilation of Juan Downey’s works to date together with novel critical approaches by leading specialists.

 

The first section gathers the work of Juan Downey in a chronological structure that emphasizes the dexterity with which he moved across media. Sketched against a historical background that frames his practice within a wider artistic and political context, the section also anthologizes the texts written by Downey and presents a varied collection of ephemera such as photographs, invitations and excerpts from his journal.

 

Responding to the history and work of Juan Downey are four essays by Julieta González, Felicity D. Scott, Francesco Pellizzi, and Edward Shanken. The essay by Julieta González maps Downey’s career according to his profound investment in cybernetic theory in order to posit the concept and phenomenon of feedback as central to his entire praxis. Felicity D. Scott places Downey in the context of Cold War geopolitics— –alongside American participation in the 1973 Chilean coup—– to highlight the tensions and stakes that run through Downey’s performative harnessing of telecommunications. The essay by Franceso Pellizzi delves into Downey’s journey to the Amazons and his time dwelling with the Yanomami foregrounding the mediatic unintelligibility deployed by Downey as a means to riddle anthropology’s subject/object dyad. Edward Shanken examines the iconic video The Laughing Alligator through the lens of surrealist ethnographic critique, recuperating the latent mysticism that animates not only Downey but also anthropologists ascribed to the Collège de Sociologie such as Michel Leiris.

 

About Juan Downey

Chilean artist Juan Downey is known primarily as a pioneer of video art and interactive art, although his oeuvre spreads across many mediums, examining the efficacy of technology in forms of expression. Born in 1940 in Santiago, Chile, Downey trained as an architect at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Upon graduation, he traveled to Europe to practice the fine arts, working with printmaking, until he moved to the United States. He became interested in media and feedback, as well as how they influence identity and representation. Working with emerging technologies, he was able to investigate these concepts, most famously in Video Trans Americas (1973-1977). Downey also worked as an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and the School of Art and Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Throughout his life, his work was exhibited internationally, and it still remains in the collections of institutions throughout Europe and the Americas. Downey died in New York in 1993.

 

About the Contributors

 

Julieta González works within the intersection of anthropology, cybernetics, architecture, design, and the visual arts, and has recently undertaken research and exhibitions addressing decolonial aesthetics in Latin America. She is the artistic director of the Museo Jumex in Mexico City, and has previously held curatorial positions at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Tate Modern, London; and the Museo Alejandro Otero and Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela. She has curated more than 60 exhibitions in these venues and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in exhibition catalogues, books, magazines, and journals including Afterall.

 

Javier Rivero Ramos is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archeology, studying modern and contemporary art with a focus on Latin America. His research interests include international networks for artistic exchange in the latter half of the twentieth century and art under political and social duress. He is currently working on a monograph on Raphael Ortiz Montañez with El Museo del Barrio and a doctoral dissertation on the link between experimental poetry and mail art in South America.

 

Felicity D. Scott is the director of the PhD program in Architecture (History and Theory), and co-director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Seeking to expand and complicate the subject matter and methodological frameworks through which modern and contemporary art, architecture, and media practices are addressed, her work attends to the institutions, discourses, and media-technical formats (exhibitions, publications, time-based media, etc.) that, along with broader social, economic, scientific, environmental, political, and geopolitical forces, have helped shape and define these disciplines. In addition to publishing numerous articles in journals, magazines, and edited anthologies, she has published Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter- Insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs (Sternberg Press, 2016), Living Archive 7: Ant Farm (ACTAR, 2008), and Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics After Modernism (MIT Press, 2007).

 

Francesco Pelizzi is an Associate in Meso-American Ethnology and Editor of the multidisciplinary journal RES–Anthropology and Aesthetics at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Additionally, he is a Co-Chair of the University Seminar on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at Columbia University.

 

Edward Shanken writes and teaches about contemporary art and new media. His recent writings include essays about art and software, sound art, ecological art, collaboration and innovation, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. Since 2016, he has been an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has previously held teaching positions at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of Washington, and University of Amsterdam. His publications include: Systems (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2015), Inventar el Futuro: Arte – Electricidad – Nuevos Medios (Departamento de Ficción, 2013), Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009), and Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). He holds an MA and PhD in Art History from Duke University, an MBA from Yale University, and a BA in Studio Art from Haverford College.

 

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This event is presented as part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s year-long program of exhibitions and events, Building Cycles. Founding support of Building Cycles is generously provided by Linde-Griffith Construction Company and the Graham Foundation.

 

 

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Aquí vive gente:
Museum of History and Community
of Puerta de Tierra

 

Aquí vive gente: Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra

Brigada Puerta de Tierra

June 1st – September 7th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

Sign the petition for the Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra here.

 

See photos from the opening here. 

 

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Aquí vive gente (people live here). Throughout the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, murals with this refrain brighten the walls and convey to passersby the self-determination of a community that is taking agency over the future development of its neighborhood.

 

This vision of collective action and cultural preservation—born out of hope and necessity—has been channeled toward efforts to realize a groundbreaking new organization in Puerta de Tierra. Storefront for Art and Architecture is honored to host the Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra (MHC PDT). Previously housed only in the minds and living rooms of community members, this nascent museum is presented publicly for the first time ever at Storefront’s gallery space.

 

The museum emerged after years of work by Brigada Puerta de Tierra (BPDT), a multigenerational group of artists and activists. It puts forth the vision that the lived experiences of the people of Puerta de Tierra matter, and that they can uniquely tell the rich and complex histories of a community undergoing intense urban pressures that would drastically alter the character of its social fabric.

 

Brigada Puerta de Tierra is structured as a horizontal organization that uses art and storytelling as a tool for education. The group has its foundations in grassroots and collective action; it was formed in 2015 as a response to the construction of the controversial Paseo Puerta de Tierra, a major redevelopment project that lacked citizen involvement. With the goal of reclaiming the neighborhood, BPDT has been active ever since. Its members have cleaned, maintained, and transformed abandoned sites in Puerta de Tierra through creative initiatives such as mural-making, gardening, and other outdoor programs that bring neighbors together.

 

The Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra is BPDT’s most ambitious initiative to date. Over the last few months, Storefront has provided institutional support intended to help fulfill the museum’s mission (developed through self-led workshops) “to affirm, care for, and carry with pride and dignity the cultural legacy of the neighborhood through community participation, and to preserve the cultural heritage and collective memory of Puerta de Tierra.”

 

Currently without a long-term venue for the museum, Brigada Puerta de Tierra has been working toward rehabilitating and legally gaining access to the Edificio Infanzón, a historic building in Puerta de Tierra that has been abandoned for decades. After its presentation at Storefront, the MHCPDT will launch an international tour to create awareness of both the fragility and power of the neighborhood’s identity. Eventually, Brigada Puerta de Tierra aims to present the museum at its permanent home at the Edificio Infanzón.

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture and Brigada Puerta de Tierra welcome you to the inaugural public presentation of the Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra.

 

About Brigada Puerta de Tierra

Brigada Puerta de Tierra began in 2015, when a group of residents of Puerta de Tierra and Viejo San Juan joined in protest against the controversial Paseo Puerta de Tierra project for the lack of citizen inclusion in the design and planning process and for the environmental and cultural damages caused on the north coast of San Juan. Over the summer of 2015, the group, along with children and young people from the neighborhood who immediately showed interest in collaborating, began to create murals and engage in other activities in response to the Paseo Puerta de Tierra project.

 

This group, now known as Brigada Puerta de Tierra, focuses on the reactivation of abandoned areas and preservation of the neighborhood’s history and living culture. Uniting under the slogan “aquí vive gente,” BPDT is organized horizontally and collectively, and operates through four key concepts: self-management, awareness, strategic planning, and collective decision-making. For its various neighborhood initiatives and community activities since 2015, BPDT was recognized with the Merit and Dedication Award of the 46th edition of the Fiestas of San Sebastián Street for its commitment to its community and national culture.

 

In addition to this exhibition, Brigada Puerta de Tierra is being honored at Storefront’s 2019 Spring Benefit on Wednesday, May 29th at La Marqueta. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.storefrontbenefit.org.

 

CREDITS

Aquí vive gente: Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra by Brigada Puerta de Tierra. Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2019.

 

A Project by Brigada Puerta de Tierra (BPDT)

Collectively developed by members of BPDT and residents of Puerta de Tierra, with special thanks to www.puertadetierra.info.

 

Hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture

José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Jinny Khanduja, Deputy Director

Jessica Kwok, Gallery and Operations Manager

Patrick Jaojoco, Development and Communications Associate

Iara Pimenta, Curatorial Fellow

Chialin Chou, Associate Curator of Archives

Interns: Lin Sen Chai, Ellen Eberhardt, Ramses Gonzalez, Hana Halilaj, Caroline Taylor Koh Smith, Ipek Kosova, Daniel Li, Adela Locsin, Amora McConnell, Karen Wang

Graphic Design Assistance by Estudio Herrera

 

 

SUPPORT

 

Brigada Puerta de Tierra is the recipient of the 2017 Visible Award (Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Fondazione Zegna), funding from which has supported this exhibition.

 

 

Aquí vive gente is the first exhibition of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s year-long program of exhibitions and events, Building Cycles. Founding support of Building Cycles is generously provided by Linde-Griffith Construction Company and the Graham Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Open Archive: Project DMZ, 30 Years After

Newsprint from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 1988 exhibition, Project DMZ.

 

 

OPEN ARCHIVE: PROJECT DMZ, 30 YEARS AFTER

With Kyong Park, Dongsei Kim, Jungyoon Kim, Jinhyun Jun, Kangil Ji, Minkyung Song, Yehre Suh, Youngkyu Shim

 

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

Symposium

3 pm – 5 pm

 

Book Signing by Kyong Park

Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing a Continental History

5 pm – 6 pm

 

[RSVP]

 

Imagine the Korean Demilitarized Zone as a tiger farm or an airport, as an amulet for the reunification of the peninsula, or covered in a blanket of metal.

 

In November 1988, Storefront presented Project DMZ, an exhibition organized by Kyong Park and Cathleen Crab that imagined how the Korean DMZ might be occupied for non-military and anti-political uses. At the brink of South Korean democracy and right after the Seoul Summer Olympics, when it seemed almost possible that the DMZ could be the next geopolitical line to be removed, artists and architects such as Paul Virilio, Nam June Paik, Mo Bahc, and Lebbeus Woods proposed strategies for inventive use of the space, rather than for its outright elimination.

 

Today, 30 years later, the political divide between the two Koreas remains. However, recent and dramatic political rapprochement between North and South Korea and the United States hint at the potential for radical transformations to take shape in and around the DMZ.

 

Drawing upon Storefront’s extensive exploration of its own archival material, Project DMZ, 30 Years After brings together contemporary voices that address the DMZ in their own work and places them in conversation with works from the original exhibition in 1988.

 

Together, participants will question the urgency and agency of art and architecture to build new visions that engage socio-political predicaments such as the political division of the Korean Peninsula. Through the study of the unique landscapes and architectures of the DMZ, Project DMZ: 30 Years After identifies borders as one of the most fundamental structures that function to define “us” and “them.” In the wake of this divide, participants will imagine new futures that better serve the commons.

 

Project DMZ: 30 Years After is presented as part of the programming for Storefront’s current exhibition, State of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger, which examines the objects and spatial manifestations of tyranny both worldwide and locally in New York City. The event is also the first in a series of open archive events that Storefront will present periodically as part of its upcoming program, utilizing materials and documentation from the organization’s 36-year history of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and projects, in conjunction with the organization’s ongoing effort to arrange, digitize, and preserve its archive for broad public access. To learn more about Storefront’s archive, see here.

 

The event also launches the publication Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing a Continental History by Storefront’s founding director, Kyong Park.

 

ABOUT IMAGINING EURASIA: VISUALIZING A CONTINENTAL HISTORY

Imagining Eurasia visualizes the historical precedents and contemporary reconstructions of Europe and Asia as one continent, envisioning a new relationship between East and West. The book highlights the significance of cities, networks, and territories within urban, regional, and continental geopolitics. Through his research, Park questions whether greater trade, migration, and cultural exchange bring about greater empathy and communion between different societies, or they instead deepen distinctions and result in conflict. The book also uses photographs, videos, graphics, animations, and texts to examine the constitution of points, lines, and areas that have morphologically shaped the space and time of Eurasia. Learn more here.

 

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Kyong Park is Professor of Public Culture at University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder and first Director of a number of institutions, including Storefront for Art and Architecture (1982–98), the International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit (1998–2001), and the Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in Rotterdam (2005–06). Park has also served as curator of the Gwangju Biennale (1997), Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the Anyang Public Art Project (2010), and Project Director of Imagining New Eurasia at the Asia Culture Center (2015–17). He has exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León (Spain), the Kunsthalle Graz, the Deichtorhallen (Hamburg), the Kunst-Werke Berlin, and the Nam June Paik Art Center (Seoul). He is the editor of Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond (2005) and the author of Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing A Continental History (2019).

 

Dongsei Kim is an architect, urbanist, and educator. He is an Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology. His research examines nation-state borders across multiple scales that explore the ways we define “us” and ‘them’ through architecture and urbanism’s spatial “inclusion” and “exclusion.” His research on the Korean Demilitarized Zone and urbanism has been widely exhibited and published internationally in Topos, Volume, Inflection, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, and The North Korean Atlas. He contributed to the Golden Lion award-winning “Crow’s Eye View” exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. He has taught at Korea University, Columbia University, Carleton University, RMIT, and Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). He received an MDesS (distinction) from Harvard University, MSAUD from Columbia University, and a B.Arch (honors) from VUW.

 

Jungyoon Kim is the Founding Principal of PARKKIM, a Seoul-based landscape architectural firm, and a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. She founded the firm with Yoon-Jin Park in Rotterdam upon their winning entry in the Taiwan Chichi Earthquake Memorial Design Competition (2004). She has also completed projects with diverse scales and landscapes, including Yanghwa Riverfront (2011), CJ Blossom Park (2015), SBS Prism Tower (2012), and Triple Street Shopping Mall (2016). Current ongoing projects include the H Zen Center in Chicago and Hyundai Motors Training Facility. PARKKIM’s work has been recognized widely by contemporary design professionals and thinkers. Kim and Park also collaboratively published a book called Alternative Nature (2016) the compilation of articles in various media since 2001. Kim received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Agriculture from Seoul National University with distinction.

 

Jinhyun Jun was educated in both fine art and landscape architecture, and brings exceptional attention to the perception of users in three-dimensional experience. He attempts to use diverse media, as he believes that both fine art and design can serve to renew people’s perspectives. Jun received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University. He is currently an Associate at Field Operations and a founder of Studio M.R.D.O. Jun has designed many diverse spaces and typologies, such as urban developments, theme parks, public parks, and gardens.

 

Kangil Ji is a registered architect and co-founder of the design research studio DOH-GAM, founded with Namjoo Kim. While using his studio practice to investigate the relationship between environment, geometry, and human perception, he is concurrently working on higher education projects at Perkins+Will. He has won international design competitions including the Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture (2015, for which he also was a lead-designer), Hongdae Culture Platform (2016), and Arch Out Loud (2017). He has participated in the Elements of Architecture publication and exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale. He is a member of the AIA and holds an M.Arch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

 

Minkyung Song is an architect, urban designer, and researcher specializing in large-scale urban design solutions. Minkyung received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Yonsei University in Seoul. Before co-founding Studio M.R.D.O, she had worked on numerous interior design, architecture design, and urban design projects with renowned design offices including Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and CAZA Architects. Minkyung also has been involved in research projects in Korea with AURI (Korea Architecture and Urban Research Institute) and LH (Korea Land and Housing Corporation).

 

Youngkyu Shim is the founder and director of Project-DAY. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of GARM Magazine. He studied at Architectural Engineering at Hanyang University, and has been a reporter for the Joongang Daily Newspaper and Assistant Manager at SPACE Magazine. His research article on the DMZ, “A Flexible Expansion of Space to Resolve Conflicting Borders: The Demilitarized Zone of the Korean Peninsula” was published in the Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies in 2014.

 

Yehre Suh is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Environmental Studies, as well as Director of Urban Terrains Lab and the Office of Urban Terrains. She was the Curator of Asian Urbanism at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, Korea and has previously taught at Cornell University, Barnard College, City College of New York, and Pratt Institute. Suh’s research work focuses on the parallel urbanisms of North and South Korea. She is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, and is a LEED AP BD+C accredited professional. She received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Industrial Design from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and a Masters in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

 

CREDITS

OPEN ARCHIVE: PROJECT DMZ, 30 YEARS AFTER is organized by Dongsei Kim, with research assistance and project management by Yisoo Choi. The event is based on ongoing research on the Korean Demilitarized Zone and original archive materials from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s 1988 exhibition, Project DMZ, organized and curated by Kyong Park and Cathleen Crab.

 

SUPPORT

PROJECT DMZ: 30 YEARS AFTER is supported by the New York Institute of Technology’s Institutional Support for Research and Creativity (ISRC) Grants.

 

The digitization of Storefront’s archive is made possible by a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The archive has also received generous support from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department; the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR); and Mr. Robert M. Rubin.
 
 
Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Tyranny Trail


Presented as part of
State of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger

March 29th – May 4th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

Tyranny Trail Guided Tour Dates:

Saturday, April 13th:

11 am–1 pm

3 pm–5 pm

with Ingrid Burrington

 

Friday, April 19th

3 pm–5 pm

with John Michael Kilbane

 

Saturday, April 20th

11 am–1 pm

with John Michael Kilbane

 

Friday, April 26th

11 am–1 pm

3 pm–5 pm

with Rebecca Manski

 

[READ ABOUT TOUR GUIDES BELOW]

 

[RSVP HERE]

 

All tours are free of charge. Guided tours depart from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space and end at the 9/11 Memorial. The estimated duration of the tours is two hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk in areas with high pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

 

How do we understand tyranny? Tyranny defines contemporary culture, and though it is often talked about conceptually, its more subtle spatial manifestations have a real impact on our cities and public spaces. Despite a steady rise in street-level activism, hostile and defensive design have gradually and quietly transformed our buildings, parks, and homes into sites of surveillance and societal control.

 

As part of the exhibition State of Tyranny, Storefront presents the Tyranny Trail, which follows a route through the streets of Lower Manhattan, beginning at Storefront’s gallery space and ending at the 9/11 Memorial. The trail, developed by Theo Deutinger, highlights methods of control such as roadblocks, wedge barriers, and other anti-terror measures. It also highlights smaller-scale “quality of life” interventions that are more inconspicuous in our urban context, such as anti-skateboarding devices, anti-homeless bench design, and anti-graffiti paint.

 

On four dates in April, guided tours will be led by experts whose work addresses related issues. Guides include: Ingrid Burrington, a researcher and writer who explores the often-overlooked physical landscapes of internet and surveillance infrastructures; John Michael Kilbane, a photographer who has recently documented hostile architecture in New York City; and Rebecca Manski, an independent researcher and educator whose work in the Wall Street area considers issues of displacement, occupation, and decolonization.  

 

For those who cannot attend scheduled tour times, the Tyranny Trail can be walked as a self-guided tour. Detailed maps of the route, available at Storefront’s gallery space, contextualize each stop of the tour, enabling visitors to explore the Tyranny Trail on their own.

 

A PDF map of the trail is also available for self-guided tours here.

 

Read more about State of Tyranny here.

 

ABOUT THE TOUR GUIDES

Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. Much of her work focuses on mapping, documenting, and studying the often-overlooked landscapes of the internet (and the ways in which the entire planet has become, in effect, a “landscape of the internet”). Her areas of inquiry vary widely, from the open-pit mines where minerals are extracted to create hardware, to the quiet insinuation of fiber optic cable and antennae into urban environments. By examining the political geography and embodied realities of living on a networked planet, she seeks to demystify these technologies for non-technical publics and to reframe technology’s underlying politics and power dynamics. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Popula, e-flux journal, and other outlets. She is also the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure. Ingrid has previously taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the Cooper Union, and the School for Poetic Computation.

 

John Michael Kilbane is a photographer from Illinois. He studied literature at Marquette University and University College London and has since held jobs in publishing and at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn before entering the General Studies program at the International Center of Photography in 2016. His photographs are made out of a close observation and attention to the human-shaped world. See his work at www.johnkilbane.com.

 

Rebecca Manski is an independent researcher and educator specializing in the history of the Wall Street area, currently based at the South Street Seaport Museum. She first became intrigued by Lower Manhattan during her years with Occupy Wall Street’s Press Working Group. Before moving to New York to complete an Interdisciplinary Masters in Public History and Middle Eastern Studies, Rebecca lived in Palestine, doing media and advocacy work with a plethora of Palestinian organizations between 2003-2008. Having also lived the first five years of her life in Jerusalem, Rebecca’s thinking has always been informed by issues of displacement, walls, borders, liminal spaces, zones of indistinction, the Commons, and decolonization.

 

SUPPORT

State of Tyranny is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 
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State of Tyranny

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STATE OF TYRANNY

Theo Deutinger

March 29th – May 4th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

TYRANNY TRAIL GUIDED TOURS:

Saturday, April 13th: 11 am–1 pm / 3 pm–5 pm

Friday, April 19th: 3 pm–5 pm

Saturday, April 20th: 11 am–1 pm

Friday, April 26th: 11 am–1 pm / 3 pm–5 pm

 

All tours are free of charge and depart from Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space. Learn more and RSVP here.

 

#stateoftyranny      #tyrannytrail      @storefrontnyc

 

How do we understand tyranny? Its global presence is felt and heard daily. It permeates news cycles, it defines the plots of television shows, and it has to be explained to our children. Tyranny defines contemporary culture, and though it is often talked about conceptually, its more subtle spatial manifestations have a real impact on our cities and public spaces.

 

Throughout the world, people, communities, and territories are at risk due to the design of the spaces they inhabit. Despite a steady rise in street-level activism, hostile and defensive design have gradually and quietly transformed our buildings, parks, and homes into sites of surveillance and societal control.

 

State of Tyranny unveils the methods and tools of urban design that seek to disable public agency in the name of public safety. The exhibition reorients our understandings of the power of the city and state-and the architectures they employ-through an installation in Storefront’s gallery space and a series of walking tours through Lower Manhattan called the Tyranny Trail.

 

Expanding upon research conducted by Theo Deutinger for his recent publication, Handbook of Tyranny, the exhibition and tours call attention to the spatial effects of tyranny, ultimately aiming to identify methods of control commonly used around the world, and to contextualize their embeddedness within New York City’s urban fabric.

 

ABOUT THE INSTALLATION

State of Tyranny displays seven categories of control and design used in the service of power, from walls and fences to crowd control to prison cells and more. Through objects and tools such as passports and defensive tree plantings, the installation brings to attention to the ubiquity of oppressive design on global and local scales.

 

Detailed descriptions of the objects–sourced in part from the dry and technical language used by manufacturers praising the efficiency of these tools–gloss over the fact that their purpose is for the direct or indirect harm of human beings. Subdued by their coldness, the descriptions bring awareness to the ways in which design is abstracted through language that serves to normalize and obscure the objects’ inherent power.

 

Alongside the installation, videos that display particular objects such as skate deterrents and surveillance cameras will underscore the detrimental impacts of their use in public space. By focusing on the micro-scale tools of tyranny and control, State of Tyranny seeks to recontextualize design-based manifestations of power scattered throughout the city, and to highlight to the specific ways in which the culture of tyranny is present in urban and public spaces around the world.

 

ABOUT THE TYRANNY TRAIL:

The Tyranny Trail situates the objects and tools of tyranny locally, providing a new lens through which seemingly innocuous elements of buildings and neighborhoods are illuminated to participants as directly harmful to collective, communal, and politically active public life.

 

The Tyranny Trail follows a route through the streets of Lower Manhattan, beginning at Storefront’s gallery space and ending at the World Trade Center Memorial. The trail reiterates and expands upon the examples present in the installation, further conveying their implications for urban development and public use.

 

The tours, guided by local artists and researchers whose work addresses related issues, will highlight methods of control such as roadblocks, wedge barriers, and other anti-terror measures. Tours will also highlight smaller-scale “quality of life” interventions that are more inconspicuous in our urban context, such as anti-skateboarding devices, anti-homeless bench design, and anti-graffiti paint.

 

A map of the Tyranny Trail, provided at Storefront’s gallery space, will outline the route and contextualize each stop on the tour, enabling visitors to explore the Tyranny Trail on their own outside of scheduled tour times.

 

ABOUT HANDBOOK OF TYRANNY

State of Tyranny and the Tyranny Trail are an expansion upon the research conducted for Handbook of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger, which addresses how elements of power are present in both the visual and logistical language of our cities and spaces. Through graphic illustrations, maps, diagrams, and other visualizations, the publication provides insight into the relationship between political power, territoriality, and systematic cruelties.

 

ABOUT THEO DEUTINGER

Theo Deutinger is an architect, writer, and designer of socio-cultural studies. He is the founder and head of TD, an office that combines architecture with research, visualization, and conceptual thinking at all scales, from global planning, urban master plans, and architecture to graphic design and journalism. Deutinger has written about the transformation of urban cultures through the consumption and influence of contemporary media. His work has been published in Mark, Wired, and Domus, and has been exhibited in Future Fictions Z33 (Hasselt, 2014), the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen/Hong Kong, 2014) and the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Deutinger has held teaching positions at Bauhaus (Dessau), Harvard GSD (Cambridge) and the Strelka Institute (Moscow). Currently, he teaches at the University of Art and Design Linz (Austria) and the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands).

 

CREDITS

 

State of Tyranny by Theo Deutinger. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2019. Based on research presented in Handbook of Tyranny, 2018 by Theo Deutinger and Lars Müller Publishers.

 

Exhibition Concept and Design: Theo Deutinger and Brendan McGetrick

Exhibition Design Assistance: Stefanos Filippas, Jolande Kirschbaum

Research Assistance: Filip Arnsberg, Marlene Deutinger, Marie-Luise Muyselaar, Arseniy Sverdlov

Graphic Design: Studio Lin

State of Tyranny Team: Theo Deutinger and Brendan McGetrick, with Filip Arnsberg, Marlene Deutinger, Stefanos Filippas, Jolande Kirschbaum, Marie-Luise Muyselaar, Arseniy Sverdlov

Handbook of Tyranny Team: Joan Alcobé Alonso, Liam Cooke, Theo Deutinger, Stefanos Filippas, Marilia Kaisar, Jolande Kirschbaum, Eliza Mante, Vasiliki Mavrikaki, Tomasz Świetlik, Ekaterina Vititneva

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture

José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Jinny Khanduja, Deputy Director

Jessica Kwok, Gallery and Operations Manager

Patrick Jaojoco, Development and Communications Associate

Iara Pimenta, Curatorial Fellow

Chialin Chou, Associate Curator of Archives

 

Interns: Mila Broomberg, Gregory Carroll, Lin Sen Chai, Nadia Chan, Ellen Eberhardt, Daniel Li, Amora McConnell, Yuanyi Zhang

 

SUPPORT

State of Tyranny is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 
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Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona

Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona

March 28th, 2019 – May 5th, 2019

In collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and urbanNext

 

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Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona in collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and urbanNext as part of the global project, Letters to the Mayor. Each iteration of Letters to the Mayor presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city.

 

Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona invites architects to write to the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.

 

Participants

Archikubik/Marc Chalamanch/Miquel Lacasta/Carmen Santana, Irma Arribas, Carolina B. García Estévez, Anna Bach, Teresa Batlle Pagès, Sandra Bestraten i Castells, Ibon Bilbao, Josep Bohigas Arnau, Marta Bugés i Aragonés, Denise Castro, Marina Cervera/Students Màster Paisatge UPC, Chiara Cesareo, Curro Claret, Jaume Clèries, Ana Cocho Bermejo, CollLeclerc/Jaime Coll/Judith Leclerc, Comando Señoras, Marc Conangla, Carles Crosas, Ignasi Cubiñá, Nu Diaz, Tomas Diez, Dobooku, Julia Doz/Cristina Garriga/My Bookcase, Expósito Expósito, Ramon Faura, Fulleda Arquitectes, Toni García, Mariona Genís Vinyals, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Daniela Hartmann, Sonia Hernández-Montaño, Alex Ivancic, Imma Jansana, Montsa Jovani/Caves Berdié/Jovani Vins, LaCol Arquitectura Cooperativa, Xarxa La Pera/Toni Sonalas/Cristina Casali, Josep Maria de Llobet, Marta Llorente, Areti Markopoulou, Rafael Martínez/Esther Ribas, Mayorga + Fontana arquitectos/Pia Fontana/Miguel Mayorga, MIAS Architects/ Josep Miàs/Marc Subirana, Nerea Mota, Zaida Muxí, NUA arquitectures/Maria, Simone Orso, Roger Paez, Jaume Prat Ortells, Eva Prats, Teresa del Pozo, Moisés Puente, Carmen Rodríguez Pedret, Marina Romero, Maria Rubert, Àfrica Sabé Dausà, Tomoko Sakamoto, Eduard Sancho Pou, Helena Sanz Palau, Glòria Serra Coch, Erica Sogbe, Son Canciones/ Mabel Alonso/Lieven Scheerlinck, Soon in Tokyo/ Angelo Palma, Olga Subirós, Judit Taberna Torres, Daniel Torres, Sara Torres/Víctor Betriu, Jon Tugores, Teresa Urroz/Chus Gómez, José Luis de Vicente, Vora/Pere Buil Castells/Toni Riba Galí

 

PROJECT TEAM

 

Local Curators

Ricardo Devesa, Xavier González, Núria Moliner (members of the urbanNext platform)

 

Mayoral Desk and Architect’s Table Design

L’estoc

 

Graphic Design and Wallpaper Design

Marga Gibert

 

Exhibition Design

Ricardo Devesa, Xavier González, Núria Moliner

 

Exhibition Organizers and Coordinators

Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC), Josep Ferrando (member of the Governing Board at COAC), and Gemma Molas (Cultural Events Assistant at COAC)

 

ABOUT LETTERS TO THE MAYOR

 

Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 20 cities across the globe, including Bogotá, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others. See here for a list of iterations.

 

Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.

 

Throughout history, architects have addressed this responsibility by navigating the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways, and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the political role of the architect has often been relegated to providing answers to questions that others have asked.

 

Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic by inviting local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials and, simultaneously, into the public consciousness.

Call for Ideas: Independent Projects

Totora Reed Floating Islands of the Uros, Peru. Enrique Castro-Mendivil / @castromendivilphoto. From Ancient Innovations, Julia Watson, 2018. 

 

This year, Storefront will sponsor twenty independent architecture and design projects through NYSCA.

 

WHAT IS THE GRANT?

 

The Architecture + Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awards project grants for individuals or teams through its Independent Projects category. These grants, of up to $10,000, are awarded to architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, and interior designers to “creatively explore or research an issue or problem in the design, planning, and/or historic preservation fields that advances the field and contributes  to the public’s understanding of the built environment.”

 

NYSCA seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize the artistry of design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology that impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses.

 

Storefront will sponsor up to 20 projects for the 2020 calendar year. Priority will be given to applications that align with Storefront’s organizational mission to advance innovative and critical positions that go beyond disciplinary and ideological boundaries.

 

Learn more about the program here, and read about NYSCA’s FY2020 guidelines here.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

 

  1. Complete the initial application form and send it to apply@storefrontnews.org with the subject line “NYSCA Independent Project Application Request” no later than 6 pm on Friday, March 1st, 2019.
  2. If you are selected as one of the 20 projects sponsored by Storefront, you will be asked to submit a full project proposal to Storefront for Art and Architecture no later than 6 pm on Friday, March 22nd.
  3. Additional application materials may be required in order to complete the submission. All additional materials must be received no later than 4pm on March 26th, 2019.

 

AM I ELIGIBLE?

 

Grants are for individuals or groups, and applicants must be New York State residents at the time of application and while the project is being implemented. Student and faculty work that serves as part of a course curriculum is ineligible. Projects submitted by current students or faculty must demonstrate that the work was not part of a course curriculum. Note that individuals or teams may not apply for another NYSCA project with another team or with another fiscal sponsor organization. If individuals appear on more than one request, both requests will be ineligible for support. Further eligibility requirements may apply.

 

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

 

NYSCA Independent Project Grants cannot be used to support past work or current client work. They are intended to support new ideas and explorations that further the evolution of relevant design fields. Therefore, projects must take place between January 2020 and December 2020.

 

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

 

The complete program guidelines and application instructions are available here. For additional information, visit www.nysca.org.

Members Tour: United Nations

UNtour

 

Friday, January 25th, 2019

4 – 6 pm

 

United Nations

 

With Ginni Wiik of the Royal Norwegian Consulate General

 

[Members RSVP]

 

#sfmembership @storefrontnyc

 

Members of Storefront for Art and Architecture are invited to a tour of the United Nations, led by Norwegian Consul Ginni Wiik.

 

Attendees will learn about the history of the UN complex, as well as how politics, architecture, and art have come together in the making of one of the most important political spaces in our city and across the globe. The tour will also make connections between the buildings and their surroundings, contextualizing the structures of the UN—as well as unseen aspects of their interiors—within the broader architectural history of Manhattan.

 

HOW TO RSVP

 

This tour is open to members of Storefront for Architecture. To attend, please RSVP here by Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.

 

If you’d like to join Storefront’s membership program in order to attend the tour, see here for more information or email membership@storefrontnews.org.