Storefront IS Hong Kong

Storefront International Series: Hong Kong (Storefront IS Hong Kong) is a three-day series of events that take place in contested sites across the city of Hong Kong. Events seek to address the nature of urban public life, and to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong residents. Local and global agents from various fields present and discuss their ideas and observations about various places within the city, bringing to the forefront a larger conversation about the cultural and physical landscapes of the region. Storefront IS Hong Kong goes beyond social, disciplinary, and ideological boundaries, breaking established lines of division to produce spaces of collective thought, reflection, and ultimately, action.

 

Storefront IS Hong Kong is presented in collaboration with the Hong-Kong based DESIGN TRUST (an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design).

 

The events are part of Storefront International Series, a nomadic project that brings the experimental formats of Storefront’s events series to cities and territories around the globe. Establishing a transversal format of inquiry, Storefront International Series works with local individuals and institutions to identify and address the most pressing issues in a particular region through alternative frameworks of discussion. By bringing together agents from the fields of art, architecture, literature, politics, real estate, anthropology, economics, technology, design, and science with members of the public, the Storefront International Series aims to articulate local desires within a global context.  

 

Schedule of Events

 

DAY 1:

 

Reading Images Series: Transborder Territories

Date: Friday, July 7th

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou

Meeting point and time: East Bridge, 3/F, Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at 10:45 am

Attendance: Free and open to the public* (RSVP recommended via Facebook)

 

Strategically located in the Pearl River Delta region of southern China, Hong Kong, officially an “autonomous territory,” serves as the gateway to modern China. The border between Hong Kong and mainland China is crossed every day by thousands of people who work or study on the other side. The infrastructure of the daily commute and the service economy has developed into a third space, inhabited by migrant bodies and defined by financial and cultural exchange protocols. This transnational community represents a rich and diverse engine for the economic and cultural growth of the region. The Hong Kong-Shenzhen border will be the site for a critical discussion around questions of migration and exchange, learning from local conditions and reflecting upon geopolitical borders on a global scale.

 

The Reading Images Series invites participants to closely look into images and construct arguments, narratives, and observations that produce incisive readings about form, politics, gaze, and representation.

 

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Ole Bouman, Christina Li, Cole Roskam, Shirley Surya, Paul Tse, Evelyn Ting, Stanley Wong

 

Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

Image contributors: Merve Bedir, Venus Lau, MAP Office, Stanley Wong

 

*Please note: members of public must buy their own ferry tickets (event will take place in the first class lounge – HKD180) and arrange a Shenzhen visa independently. The ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou departs at 11:30 am. Please be reminded that all participants will have to depart the ferry on arrival at Shekou and independently arrange further transportation back to Hong Kong, via the ferry (1:10pm / 2:15pm / 3:35pm) or alternative border crossing.

 

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Paella/Wok Series: Sharing

Date: Friday, July 7th

Time: 7:00 pm – 10 pm

Location: Undisclosed space in Chai Wan

Attendance: By invitation only. For more information, contact: mavis.wong@designtrust.hk.

 

The concept of the contemporary sharing movement, increasingly ubiquitous, is influencing the exchange of goods, data, images, services, and spaces of residence and work globally. Hong Kong’s scale, growth, and political situation have favored various forms of sharing experiments. Peer-to-peer local technologies, the architectures of informal rooftop communities, and the urbanisms originated from the so-called “umbrella revolution” serve as points of departure for a discussion around the potential of the culture of sharing. This series will explore the spatial, social, public, and private consequences of the sharing movement for the construction of more aspirational forms of public life.

This event is kindly hosted by Mina Park. Food will be prepared by Eva Franch, Alan Lo, and Mina Park.

 

The Paella Series is a format that aims to produce intense conversations on delicate subjects through a space of intimacy and quotidian action, in this case cooking and eating. Held in a state of floating attention and distracted thoughts, conversations between a select group of guests are private but recorded and archived for possible public access.

 

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Merve Bedir, Rony Chan, Janice Leung Hayes, Jason Hilgefort, Michael Leung, Alan Lo, Lionello Lunesu, Mina Park, Michelle Poon, Markus Wernli

 

Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

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DAY 2:

 

Definition Series: Smallness

(Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review Session 1)

Date: July 8th

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre (enter on Heung Yip Rd), 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP required)

 

“In mid-2014, the population of Hong Kong was 7.24 million, including 7.03 million Usual Residents and 0.22 million Mobile Residents. During the period 2010 to 2014, the population grew at an average annual rate of 0.8%.” Hong Kong’s limited physical territory and its population growth have increased the development of spaces for micro-living, augmenting the already high density of the city. Definition Series: Smallness, part of the Design Trust Futures Studio Public Review, examines how “smallness,” also understood as a form of agility in the face of seemingly fixed structures, can be operative in architecture. Addressing both public and private spaces, participants will present a definition of the notion of “smallness” and its impact upon the development of the city of Hong Kong.

 

Design Trust Futures Studio is a new cross-disciplinary initiative. Experts in design will focus on future-oriented thinking with outcomes that are impactful to society or public space in Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. With an inaugural theme of “SMALL IS MEANINGFUL,” the exploration and research of the Design Trust Futures Studio will initiate with an examination of housing and parks in Hong Kong, and will address how space is utilised, subsequently developing a series of new prototypes of micro-parks for Hong Kong.

 

Definition Series: Smallness is hosted in partnership with Spring Workshop.

 

The Definition Series invites participants to produce their own definitions of a given term, constructing a multifaceted edifice around particular words and their contemporary usage in specific fields, contexts, and practices.

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai,  Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang

 

Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Arnault Castel, Donald Choi, Patrick Hwang, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Leslie Lu, Duncan Pescod, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Ada Wong, Sara Wong, Eric Yim

 

Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

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Manifesto Series: Scale

(Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review Session 2)

Date: July 8th

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre (enter on Heung Yip Rd), 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP required)

 

The notion of scale allows us to understand relationships between space and context; born out of historical precedents and conventions of knowledge production, scale is a shifting cultural construct. Discussions about scale during the end of the last century in Europe focused on reevaluating scale in accordance with emerging infrastructural spaces and typologies. With homogeneous city models appearing worldwide, ideas of scale have been disseminated as yet another force of globalization. What scalar conditions are endemic to the contemporary reality of global metropoli in Southeast Asia and elsewhere? What can be understood from this context in Hong Kong? Manifesto Series: Scale presents seven-minute manifestos by a group of participants who will each take a position on scale in Hong Kong.

 

Manifesto Series: Scale is hosted in partnership with Spring Workshop.

 

The Manifesto Series invites participants to denounce a present or past condition; proclaim an alternative present, past, or future situation; and indicate a strategy or method of action.

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai,  Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang

 

Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Arnault Castel, Donald Choi, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Leslie Lu, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Sara Wong, Eric Yim

 

Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

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DAY 3:

 

Walking Series: Legibility

Date: July 9th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, North Point

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP recommended via Facebook)

The collective imaginary of a city is made up of recognizable icons, signs, symbols, ratios, chromatic palettes, smells, acoustic signatures, and other multiple modalities of perception. Moving through Hong Kong, from its continuous interior walkways to its sidewalks and onto the upper platforms of the city’s tram infrastructure, one perceives a city from particular types of vantage points. These perspectives, or geographies of perception, constitute an identitary signature of Hong Kong’s urban imaginary. Moreover, we now navigate the city with the aid of digital technologies that guide us each time through a different optimized experience. Our ability to read the city has shifted; neon signs are being substituted by pop-up ads, for example. In a time where the urban and the digital are colliding, how should we read the city? What forms of experiencing the built environment are obsolete, and which are emerging? Walking Series: Legibility is a series of city tours led by local and international experts that will each render visible and legible a particular layer of the urban fabric and public life.

 

The Walking Series is an event that invites individuals both familiar with and foreign to a particular territory to lead a walking exercise through its streets or paths. Borrowing from examples of guided tours, the Walking Series unveils latent realities through a real-time experience of navigation and transit.

 

Participants: Adonian Chan, Maggie Lin, Brian Kwok, Kevin Mak, Pauline Tsang

 

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Cabaret Series: Excess (Too High Density)

Date: July 9th

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Studio 9 design gallery and studio, Wong Chuk Hang

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP required)

 

Excess, a fundamental term in modern aesthetic theory, enables the self but also annihilates it. The high density of Hong Kong constitutes one of its fundamental identities, but when is high density too high? Cabaret Series: Excess presents a series of performances about the costs and benefits of high-density urban living, as well as explorations on more sustainable ideas of growth and development.

 

Cabaret Series: Excess is hosted in partnership with Studio 9. Refreshments are kindly provided by The Coffee Academics.

 

The Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourses, audiences, and physical space in a playful and humorous manner. These events aim to produce new forms of communication between speakers, performers, and spectators through provocation, seduction, and immediacy.

 

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Gary Chang, William Lane, Zhang Mahler, Thomas Tsang, Ahlaiya Yung

 

Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Temple of Manufacturing

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Temple of Manufacturing

Presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture

in Collaboration with COMPANY (Aamu Song & Johan Olin)

 

June 7th, 2017 – August 5th, 2017

97 Kenmare St, New York, NY

 

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“That which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art.”

Walter Benjamin

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

 

In the 1950s, in the midst of modern discourse regarding industrial design, Charles and Ray Eames aimed to produce “the best, for the most, for the least.” More than fifty years later, global pro­cesses of mass production have complicated the democratic aspirations that the Eames sought to espouse.
 
In our current interdependent global economy, the designations “Designed by X,” “Made by X,” “Manufactured by X,” “Made in X,” and “Product of X” are increasingly complex. While their origins are based in trade agreements and intellectual property rights, they also carry the weight of serv­ing as symbols of economic protectionism, human exploitation, and ecological malpractice, among other issues.
 
Recently, we have witnessed the re-emergence of more “localized” forms of production. Handmade items, arts and crafts, and light manufacturing have made a resurgence in our contem­porary product-based markets. Among the reasons for this include responses against the perils of global mass production, reactions to the consumerist philosophies of the 80s and 90s, and the preservation of manufacturing processes and their associated identities of place. Combined with increasing preferences and desires for “artisanal” and “local” goods, these phenomena have changed the way we make things.
 
Temple of Manufacturing presents COMPANY’s long-term project: SECRETS. Traveling to remote sites around the world to learn crafting processes unique to particular industries and places, the duo (comprised of Aamu Song and Johan Olin) has collaborated over the last decade with a variety of communities to rethink the very processes and knowledge embedded in these places. Applying this knowledge to new and unexpected designs, COMPANY’s work creates an intersection between the mastery of traditional technique and the invention of a new, poetic, and personal material and object-specific vocabulary.
 
For the installation at Storefront, COMPANY presents its own Temple of Manufacturing, an installa­tion that reflects the feeling of sacredness that the duo encountered while visiting spaces of pro­duction all over the world. Raw materials, drawings, objects, designs, and process documents are presented alongside a series of frescoes painted in situ that narrate some of the journeys, topics, and works that structure their research.
 
Temple of Manufacturing presents objects conceived and produced as composite figures from COMPANY’s own design methods and their trips to Japan, Russia, Finland, Estonia, and the Amish communities of Pennsylvania. Part an artist’s travel log, part a sanctuary for the maker’s masters, and somewhere between an archive, an exhibition, and a store (the ultimate temple of contempo­rary capitalism) the installation reflects upon “the aura of the work of art” (in this case, the design object), and the hidden processes of design research as related to manual versus mechanized pro­duction.
 
“Designed by COMPANY,” “Made by COMPANY,” “Manufactured by COMPANY,” “Made with COMPANY,” and “Product of COMPANY,” the objects presented in this exhibition are built with love and shared with everyone, maintaining the playfulness that the Eames brought to the world of making, with an eye toward the ethics of production and global design culture.

 

About COMPANY

COMPANY, formed by Aamu Song and Johan Olin, is an art and detective agency from Helsinki, Finland. COMPANY has been discovering manufacturing secrets worldwide for over a decade, working as artists, designers, and producers, and running their own shop (Salakauppa) in Helsinki.

 

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Exhibition Support

Special exhibition support for Temple of Manufacturing is generously provided by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, and Frame. 

 

The soundtrack for this exhibition was created by Tuomas Toivonen. Paint has generously been provided by Farrow & Ball.

 

Beverages for the opening are kindly provided by Tenugin, the spirit of the forest.

 

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General Support

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; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.

 

  

 

Productive Disagreement Series: Syntax vs. Agency

Productive Disagreement Series: Syntax vs. Agency

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

7 – 9 pm

 

#syntaxvsagency    #productivedisagreement   @storefrontnyc

 

[RSVP]

 

With Centro de Operações Rio (Alexandre Cardeman), Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Habidatum (Alexei Novikov & William McCusker), Lev Manovich, Rodrigo Rosa, Blake Shaw, and Mark Wasiuta

 

Governments and private corporations have an increasing interest and investment in big data. From social media posts and network usage to urban occupation, every activity produces data to be quantified, analyzed, and optimized in the production of new marketable and optimized forms of citizenship and governance. However, the data that is produced does not necessarily constitute an objective representation of all citizens. While smart-city governance is based upon formal logic and syntax, the question remains: How can big data meaningfully impact people’s lives or even accurately reflect their behavior and experiences?

 

What effect does computational urbanism and smart city technology have on the identity of a city? How can policies incorporate big data to positively contribute to the social well-being of urban populations? 

 

Productive Disagreement Series: Syntax vs. Agency opens up the discussion about analytical and design biases within contemporary forms of computational governance and city making. What identities, forms of citizenship, and politics are produced within current forms of digital representation and analysis? What kind of agency do this new forms of representation produce? Who is empowered as a result of digitally based forms of civic knowledge?  A panel of urban policymakers and analysts, technology theorists, and media arts experts take on the current implications and short-term impacts of digital infrastructure on the construction of the built environment.

 

This event is presented as part of the Storefront’s exhibition Control Syntax Rio, in collaboration with Habidatum.

 

About the Productive Disagreement Series:

Each iteration of Storefront’s Productive Disagreement Series develops conversations between ideologically opposed individuals, teams, or institutions. The events avoid compromise and agreement as a methodology of dialogical exchange, and promote confrontation and dialogue in order to generate a responsive audience, increase participation, and obtain a multiplicity of viewpoints and strategies.

 

About the Participants

 

Alexandre Cardeman is the CEO of Centro de Operações Rio (COR), and a technology project manager with more than 30 years of experience in the public sector. Cardeman is directly engaged in the COR project since the first steps of planning, through to its construction and operations implementation. Cardeman is specialized in public policy and smart city technologies.   

 

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. Her work has been shown internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, the Centre Pompidou and PS1 MOMA. Projects by Dewey-Hagborg have been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2016 Creative Capital award grantee in the area of Emerging Fields.

 

Habidatum, a group of urban data analysts, will present Rio Semantic Landscapes: Beyond Control Syntax?. The project presents alternative methods of surveillance, collection, and analysis of urban data gleaned from social media usage in Rio to question if ‘smart city’ technologies lead to safer or happier cities, if individual expression may subvert larger systems of control beyond the purview of the state, and how emerging cartographic softwares provide new tools for understanding spatial syntax and the organization of the city.

 

Alexei Novikov, is President of Habidatum and holds a PhD degree in Regional and Urban Studies. He has been research fellow and visiting professor of urban science in American and European universities. Novikov launched two other startups: EA-Ratings and Geograffity. Prior to Habidatum he was a Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s and at Thomson Reuters. He also consulted the World Bank and other international financial organizations on infrastructure finance.

 

William McCusker is Product Lead & Business Development Director at Habidatum, and leads product strategy, project management, and business development initiatives. Prior to Habidatum, William coordinated the development of The Atlas of Urban Expansion, an online data visualization tool for an initiative involving New York University, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.

 

Lev Manovich is one the leading theorists of digital culture worldwide, and a pioneer in application of data science for analysis of contemporary culture. He is the author and editor of ten books including Cultural Analytics (forthcoming), Instagram and Contemporary Image, Data Drift, Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database, and The Language of New Media. Manovich is a Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab. The lab created projects for MoMA (NYC), New York Public Library, Google, and other organizations. Manovich received an M.A. in Visual Science and Cognitive Psychology at NYU and a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester. Manovich has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since 1984.

 

Rodrigo Rosa is currently Visiting Scholar for Columbia University, after eight years working as Special Advisor of the Mayor’s Office of the City of Rio de Janeiro under the administration of former Mayor Eduardo Paes. As part of that administration, Rosa was involved with major transformative projects including the Port Renovation (a large expansion of health care, education, and transportation) and the Rio Resilient City plan. He took part in high level coordination of major international events, such as the World Cup in 2014, the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, the United Nations Conference Rio+20, TED Global, among others.

 

As Special Advisor of Chairman Eduardo Paes during the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Rosa executed strategies to largely expand the network, connecting to cities in China and in the developing world. Rosa was intensely engaged in international city diplomacy, advocating the voice of cities on the global stage. Previously, he worked in the public sector as a legislative consultant to the Brazilian Federal Senate, where he worked crafting legislation in Brazilian Congress before joining Rio City Hall. Rodrigo holds a Masters Degree in Economics and environmental management and is a PhD candidate at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro on energy and sustainable planning.

 

Blake Shaw is a media artist who works at the intersection of video, critical pedagogy, telecommunication technology, and public space intervention. His work involves the construction of situations that facilitate collaborations between activists and artists around experimental media in attempts to instigate political novelty. His works and performances have been exhibited at a wide range of venues, including: The Akademie der Künste Berlin, The National Gallery of Denmark, The Centre for Art on Migration Politics, The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Qalandyia International, The Media Architecture Biennale, The Museum of the Moving Image, among others. He has won numerous awards for his work, including a Vimeo Award. His works have been featured in a variety of publications including The Atlantic, Huffington Post, The Creators Project and The New York Times.

 

Mark Wasiuta is Co-Director of the MS degree program Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Over the last decade, as Director of Exhibitions at GSAPP, he has developed a body of research and archival exhibitions that focus on under-examined practices of the postwar period. Recent exhibitions, produced with various collaborators, include  “Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation,” “Environmental Communications: Contact High,” “Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game,” and “Les Levine: Bio-Tech Rehearsals 1967-1973.” His work has appeared at the Graham Foundation, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and elsewhere. He directs Collecting Architecture Territories, a multi-year research program that analyses global art institutions that have emerged from private collections. Wasiuta is recipient of recent grants from the Asian Cultural Council, the Graham Foundation, and NYSCA.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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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Letters to the Parliament

Letters to the Parliament

April 28th, 2017

4 – 6 pm

The Exhibition Building of Aarhus School of Architecture

Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

 

#letterstotheparliament     @storefrontnyc

 

What would you write to a minister?

 

Letters to the Parliament invites students and practicing architects to write letters

to members of the Danish Parliament as a means of bringing innovative ideas and

visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa. 

 

Letters to the Parliament is part of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by

Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014. This particular iteration is organized in

partnership with the Aarhus School of Architecture and RISING Architecture.

This project launches on April 28th, where the Exhibition Building at Aarhus School of

Architecture transforms into a “Parliament of Architecture”. 

 

Letters to the Parliament is part of the international festival, Rising Architecture. The

letters are a prelude for a public debate that will take place on September 11th at the

Aarhus School of Architecture. The event is a contribution to ReThink Aarhus,

European Capital of Culture 2017.

 

Future Letters

This edition of Letters to the Parliament is the premiere in an open and ongoing series of iterations of this project. To propose an edition in your city, please contact info@storefrontnews.org.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.

 

Special support for Letters to the Parliament: Denmark is provided by Aarhus School of Architecture, The Architecture Project, and Kulturhovedstad 2017. 

 

  

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Cabaret Series: The Public is in Bits and Bubbles

Cabaret Series: The Public is in Bits and Bubbles

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

7 – 9 pm

 

#bitsandbubbles    #cabaretseries   @storefrontnyc

 

With Dennis Adams, BB (Francisca Benítez and Christina Bueno), Colby Chamberlain, Lucas Freeman, Marisa Jahn, Ann Lui, Jill Magid, Antoni Muntadas, Alan Ruiz, and Gediminas Urbonas

 

Public space is perpetually being lost and found in accordance with constant changes to the social and technical makeup of our lives. We desire public space because we want our shared landscapes and institutions to reflect and respond to the facts governing our lives. We want our spaces to be contemporary—to be present in our time, to value important cultural heritage, and to perceive common threats obscured by scale and technical complexity or by greed and indifference. Part of our civic selves yearns to be not just collective, but connective.

 

However, therein lies the problem: this swirling mess of connectivity troubles our sense of public and private, on-time and off-time, and inside and outside, changing our orientation toward common sense and common ground.

 

Cabaret Series: The Public is in Bits and Bubbles presented a series of performances by artists, architects, and cultural producers that explored the changing states of public space in the age of oversharing, overexposure, and post-fact politics.

 

The event was hosted by Storefront in collaboration with Lucas Freeman, Ann Lui, and Gediminas Urbonas, editors of “Public Space? Lost and Found” (MIT Press, 2017).

 

About the Book:

Public Space? Lost and Found explores the contemporary evolution of public space from the milieu of design and artistic thinking and practice at the civic scale. It gathers an eclectic cast of practitioners and theorists of the public domain and welcomes all readers interested in how the production of public space plays out (or could play out) under interrelated, accelerating conditions shaping the present, such as ubiquitous computing, climate change, economic austerity, and the rise of various stripes of political extremism and isolationism.

 

This publications is edited by Lucas Freeman, Ann Lui, and Gediminas Urbonas, and produced by the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT).

 

About the Cabaret Series:

Each iteration of Storefront’s Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourses, the audience, and the social, political and physical space of Storefront in a playful, and sometimes humorous manner. The events have the aim to produce new modes of communication between speakers, performers and spectators through provocation, seduction and immediacy.

 

About the Participants

 

Dennis Adams has produces site-specific installations,  in highly visible locations, such as bus shelters and city streets, that focus on the phenomenon of collective amnesia in the late twentieth century. A survey of ten years of site-specific interventions was published in a monograph entitled Dennis Adams: The Architecture of Amnesia (1989) written by Mary Anne Staniszewski. The publication was followed by two mid-career surveys organized by the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston.

 

BB (Francisca Benítez and Christina Bueno) is a Deaf/hearing duo performing in American Sign Language. Their work builds on Deaf poetry, political chants, ASL rhyme structures and resistance songs. Recent shows include “Trilingual Choir of Resistance” at El Museo del Barrio and “Flush Trump” at the House of Justice Deaf Club at The Shrine. Composed by Christina Bueno and Francisca Benítez, BB was born in New York City in 2017.

 

Colby Chamberlain is a Core Lecturer for Art Humanities at Columbia University and a founding editor of Triple Canopy. His scholarship and criticism focuses on intersections of art and other fields of professional practice, in particular the law. His book project, Fluxus Administration, draws on recent media theory to argue that the artist George Maciunas combined experimental aesthetics with bureaucratic procedures, leading to a consequential realignment between the neo-avant- garde and a range of postwar institutions. The recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and the College Art Association Art Journal Award, he contributes to publications including Art in America, Artforum, Cabinet, and Parkett.

 

Lucas Freeman is a writer, editor, and programmer with training in political theory and the history of architecture and urbanism. His research and editorial activities involve him in a wide range of events, exhibits, and publications. He has a particular interest in the spatial consequences of political ideas and the rapid, technologically driven shifts in our modes of privacy and publicity. In recent years, Freeman has contributed to several journals including Scapegoat: Landscape, Architecture, Political Economy and the Harvard Design Magazine, and to many book projects in the field of critical artistic research, including the book series Intercalations (K. Verlag, 2015–) and Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015). He is currently Writer in Residence in MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

 

Marisa Morán Jahn is an artist who founded Studio REV-, a public art + creative media non-profit organization whose key projects include El Bibliobandido (a masked, story-eating bandit), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” onto pirated dvds that circulate in Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), several books about art and politics, and the CareForce, a public art project, film, + mobile studios (the NannyVan and CareForce One) amplifying the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce — caregivers. Jahn’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Forum, Univision, BBC, CNN; presented at The White House, Museum of Modern Art, worker centers, public spaces; and awarded grants from Creative Capital, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, and more. She teaches at MIT and The New School.

 

Ann Lui is an assistant professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ann is also a founding partner of Future Firm, a Chicago-based architecture office, which works at the intersection of landscape territories and curatorial experiments. Previously, Ann practiced at SOM Chicago, Ann Beha Architects, and Morphosis Architects. She cofounded Circus for Construction, a mobile exhibition space on the back of a truck, part of Storefront for Art & Architecture’s WorldWide Storefront program and was Associate Curator of HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2015–2016). Ann was assistant editor of OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Müller, 2015); co-editor of “Scandalous,” the 43rd issue of Thresholds (MIT SA+P, 2015); and recently contributed to The Avery Review, Journal of Architectural Education, and Drawing Futures (UCL Press, 2016).

 

Jill Magid is an artist and writer based in New York City. Her practice is deeply interrogative, forging intimate relationships within bureaucratic structures—flirting with, seducing, and subverting authority. By infiltrating and unsettling powerful institutions, she locates unexpected habits and openings within the structures of bureaucracy. Magid has exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, and currently at MUAC, Mexico City. She has participated in Manifesta and Performa, and in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, and Gothenburg Biennials, as well as the Oslo Architecture Triennial. Her four books include: Failed States (2012), Becoming Tarden (2010), Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy (2007), and Once Cycle of Memory in the City of L (2004). Sternberg Press recently published The Proposal inspired by her recent engagements with the archives of Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

 

Antoni Muntadas addresses the social and political power encoded in contemporary media. His projects engage a range of forms, including photography, video, installation, audio recording, and urban intervention. Since 1971, the year of his first solo show, in Madrid, and the year he moved to New York, Muntadas has been a vibrant contributor to a global critical conversation around structures of power. He is currently Professor of Practice at MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT). He has received many honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts; awards from Arts Electronica in Linz and Laser d’Or in Locarno; and the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Velásquez, given by the Spanish government in recognition of the contributions to Spanish and Spanish-American culture.

 

Alan Ruiz is a visual artist whose work explores the way space is produced as both material and ideology. His architectural interventions have been shown in exhibitions at the Queens Museum, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Wave Hill, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  His writing has been featured in Archinect, TDR, BOMB Magazine, InVisible Culture, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. He received an MFA from Yale University and was a 2015 – 2016 fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He teaches at Pratt Institute and The New School.  Alan is a current artist-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center.

 

Gediminas Urbonas is director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, associate professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture, and co-founder with Nomeda Urbonas of Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Combining new and old media, their work frequently involves collective activities contributing to the cross-disciplinary exchange between several nodes of knowledge production: network and participatory technologies; sensorial media and public space; environmental remediation design and spatial organization; and alternative planning design integration. They also collaborate with experts in different cultural fields to develop practice-based artistic research models that allow participants—including their students—to pursue projects that merge urbanism, new media, social sciences and pedagogy to critically address the transformation of civic space.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.

Special support for Cabaret Series: The Public is in Bits and Bubbles was provided by Spain Arts and Culture, Consul General of Spain in New York.

 

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SMART CITIES?

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SMART CITIES?

(Impossible Objects, Political Objects, and Measuring Objects)

 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

12 – 6 pm

 

The New School

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101)

66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

 

#SmartCitiesQuestionMark   #CityForces   @storefrontnyc   @NieuweInstituut   @newschool

 

What do we talk about when we talk about smart cities? How do we measure the smartness of a city? Who measures it? For whom? What are the tools, values, and constituencies involved in  measuring the built environment and the human edifices that inhabit them?

 

Smart Cities? was a conference of fictional and critical thoughts that was seeking to debate and measure the measuring of cities and the various urban epistemological models that define urbanization and development in the 21st century.

 

Organized in three panels: Impossible Objects, Political Objects, and Measuring Objects, this event presented a series of performances and presentations that bring architects, scholars, artists, sociologists, and scientists together to discuss the means and methods by which we think—and dream—about cities and urbanism, from the planetary scale to the city of New York.

 

Participants presented New Terms, New Indexes, and New Tools, bringing alive fictional and real pieces of technology, methodology, machine processes, information systems, and critical reflection in order to better understand and develop new and old forms of intelligence that shape our contemporary cities.

From biologically engineered urban agents to new cartographies, from technosolutionist approaches to postcolonial studies, Smart Cities? presented a series of projects, reflections, and propositional values that reflect upon notions of safety, fun, health, activism, education, infrastructure, diversity, memory, and the environment. Ultimately, the conference served as a forum to compel us to rethink the way in which various forms of knowledge are produced and reproduced within the value systems of our cities.

 

Smart Cities? was free and open to the public. 

 

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SMART CITIES? SCHEDULE:

 

INTRODUCTION

12:00 pm

Welcome and Introduction by Eva Franch and Shannon Mattern

 

PANEL 1

Impossible Objects (New Terms / New Constituencies)

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Moderated by Shannon Mattern

#ImpossibleObjects

 

With Jürgen Hermann Mayer, Lydia Matthews, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Vyjayanthi Rao, David Smiley, and Luke Swarthout

 

The city, despite its multiple formal and political structures, is a constantly changing body. What are the historical forms of knowing and sensing the city? What are its yet-to-be-identified intelligences and values? What new terminology do we need to build on those grounds? Each panelist presented a new term (a neologism, appropriation, portmanteau…) that defines and describes important means of knowing and sensing a specific city.

 

PANEL 2

Political Objects (New Values / Indexes)

2:00 to 4:00 pm, Moderated by Marina Otero

#PoliticalObjects

 

With Dorit Avganim, Dawn BarberMatthijs BouwIngrid Burrington, Farzin Lotfi-Jam / Mark Wasiuta, and Jim Venturi

 

Rapidly changing geographies of urban settlement, growth, and struggle in early 21st-century capitalism are transforming basic understandings of the city. What intelligences enable us to navigate across the disparate political spheres that define the city? Who owns, acquires, sells, shares urban intelligence? How might we form new alliances to reorient or subvert measurement and surveillance systems so they can aid in the creation of a more equitable metropolis? Each panelist presented a new index that provides a new indicator about the value of cities.

 

PANEL 3

Objects of Measurement (New Tools/New Typologies)

4:00 to 6:00 pm, Moderated by Eva Franch

#MeasuringObjects

 

With Paolo CirioAriane Lourie Harrison, Agnieszka Kurant, and Jeff Maki

 

To measure, to quantify the physical and intangible dimensions of a place, is to articulate facts in order to construct values. What can be measured can be capitalized, historicized, distributed, or sold. By creating new standards and guidelines for measurement we have the potential to affect new epistemologies and ideologies, to make new claims about “what counts.” How might we design new measuring tools that change how and what we measure—how we assign value—in our cities.” ? Each panelist presented a new tool that expands our understanding of the city.

 

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The conference was organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture in collaboration with The New School and the Urban Epistemologies seminar by Shannon Mattern, Kate Fisher, and Jack Wilkinson.

 

Smart Cities? was presented as part of City Forces, a year-long joint cultural crossover program between Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut, with the Netherlands Consulate General in New York. This event was presented as part of Control Syntax Rio, an exhibition on view at Storefront for Art and Architecture through May 20th, 2017. Special exhibition support for Control Syntax Rio is generously provided by Samsung and FoyerLive.

 

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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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Definition Series: Resilience

Definition Series: Resilience

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

7 – 9 pm

 

#resilience    #definitionseries   @storefrontnyc

 

With Beatriz Colomina, Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe)Mark Linder, Laura McGuire, Carrie Norman, and Stephen Phillips

 

In his Manifesto on Tensionism (1925), Frederick Kiesler declared that we must have “NO MORE WALLS,” promoting instead “organic” architecture with an “elasticity of building adequate to the elasticity of living.” Seeking to break down physical and social boundaries in our everyday lives through a wide-variety of media (art, architecture, animation, furniture, exhibition, and theater design), Kiesler aimed to challenge the static forms of modern construction by creating more open, inclusive, and resilient building structures and practices.

 

“Resilience” has been appropriated by various fields ranging from sustainability and environmental studies to urban design. Definition Series: Resilience reflects upon Kiesler’s ideas, addressing the possibility of architecture to spring back into multiple shapes while facing shifting cultural and political realities.

 

This event invited historians, theorists, and practitioners to each present a definition of “resilience” as a point of departure for discussing a more resistant and liberatory “elastic architecture.”

 

Definition Series: Resilience was hosted by Storefront in collaboration with the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design and its founding director: architect, historian, and theorist Dr. Stephen J. Phillips, the author of Elastic Architecture: Frederick Kiesler and Design Research in the First Age of Robotic Culture (MIT Press).

 

About the Book:

 

In Elastic Architecture, Stephen Phillips offers the first in-depth exploration of Kiesler’s innovative and multidisciplinary research and design practice. Phillips argues that Kiesler established a new career trajectory for architects not as master builders, but as research practitioners whose innovative means and methods could advance alternative and speculative architecture. Indeed, Kiesler’s own career was the ultimate uncompromising model of a research-based practice.

 

Exploring Kiesler’s formative relationships with the European avant-garde, Phillips shows how Kiesler found inspiration in the plastic arts, experimental theater, early animation, and automatons to develop and refine his spatial concept of the Endless. Moving from Europe to New York in the 1920s, Kiesler applied these radical Dadaist, constructivist, and surrealist practices to his urban display projects, which included shop windows for Saks Fifth Avenue. After launching his innovative Design Correlation Laboratory at Columbia and Yale, Kiesler went on to invent new houses, theaters, and galleries that were meant to move, shift, and adapt to evolutionary changes occurring within the natural and built environment. Although many of Kiesler’s designs remained unbuilt, his ideas proved influential to later generations of architects and speculative artists internationally, including Archigram, Greg Lynn, UNStudio, and Olafur Eliasson.

 

About the Definition Series:

Each iteration of Storefront’s Definition Series invites participants to produce definitions of a specific key term constructing a multifaceted edifice around particular terms and their contemporary usage in specific fields, contexts and practices.

 

About the Participants

 

Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture and media. Ms. Colomina has taught in the School since 1988, and is the Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, a graduate program that promotes the interdisciplinary study of forms of culture that came to prominence during the last century and looks at the interplay between culture and technology. In 2006-2007 she curated, with a group of Princeton Ph.D. students, the exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X” at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.

 

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a London-based independent duo of spatial practitioners. They explore the systems that organise the world through food. Using installation, performance and mapping, their research-based practice operates within the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Recent projects include The Empire Remains Shop, a public installation that speculated on the possibility and implications of selling back the remains of the British Empire in London. Their book about the project will be published by Books On Architecture and the City, Columbia University Press in 2017. They have performed and exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally and have been part of OFFICEUS, US Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, and residents of The Politics of Food programme at Delfina Foundation. Their work has appeared at the V&A, Glasgow International, Arnolfini, Fiorucci Art Trust, The Showroom; CCA, Glasgow; De Appel, Amsterdam; dOCUMENTA(13); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; HNI, Rotterdam; Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde; CA2M, Madrid; and UTS Art, Sydney, amongst others. They were part of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale and 2016 Brussels ParckDesign. Their writing has been published in Sternberg Press, Lars Müller, Volume Magazine, The Avery Review, and The Forager. They have been recently selected for a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, where they will research the financialisation of the environment in California. Their ongoing Climavore project focusing on the making of the coast of Britain will be launched in the Isle of Skye, Scotland in 2018, commissioned by Atlas Arts. They lecture regularly at international institutions and lead a studio course at the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London.

 

Mark Linder is a Professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. His research explores design theory and history considered in a transdisciplinary framework and is focused on modern architecture since 1950. He is the author of Nothing Less than Literal: Architecture after Minimalism (MIT 2004) and is currently at work on a book titled That’s Brutal, What’s Modern? which argues that the intellectual formation and design practices of The New Brutalism offer an early, exemplary case of modern architecture coming to terms with image culture. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Harvard, University of Illinois-Chicago, Rice University, IIT, RISD, and UCLA.

 

Laura McGuire is an architecture and design historian. She is Assistant Professor of History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Her research has focused on American and Central European architecture and design of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the role of immigrants in twentieth century American design culture before World War II. Her essays have appeared in books and journals, including Endless Kiesler (Birkhäuser, 2015), Frederick Kiesler: Theatervisionäre – Architekt – Künstler (KHM/Brandstätter, 2012), and Norman Bel Geddes Designs America (Abrams, 2012). She is currently editing a collection of Frederick Kiesler’s unpublished theoretical writings, and completing a book on his experience as an immigrant American architect and designer. She previously taught at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Carrie Norman is a founding partner of the New York and Chicago-based design collaborative, Norman Kelley. Her professional and theoretical work re-examines architecture and design’s relationship to vision, prompting its observers to see nuance in the familiar. The practice has contributed work to the 14th Venice Biennial (2014) and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015). The practice was a recipient of the Architecture League of New York Young Architect’s Prize (2014). The design work, which includes a collection of American Windsor chairs, is currently represented by Volume Gallery, in Chicago. Norman received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia and a Master in Architecture from Princeton University. She is a licensed architect in the state of New York, and previously worked as a Senior Architect with SHoP Architects, in New York City. Currently, Norman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia’s GSAPP, NJIT, and Barnard College.

 

Stephen Phillips is principal architect in the California firm Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS). He is Professor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Founding Director of the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design. He has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and California College of the Arts. Phillips received his B.A. with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University, his M.Arch. with the award for best studio thesis from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in Architecture History/Theory from Princeton University. Phillips publishes and lectures widely on modern design, technology, media, and contemporary urban culture. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including those from the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Graham Foundation, the Bruno Zevi Foundation, the AIA, and the ACSA for his projects, teaching, and writing. He is the author of L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s by Lars Müller Publishers, and Elastic Architecture: Frederick Kiesler and Design Research in the First Age of Robotic Culture by MIT Press, 2017.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.

 

Special support for Definition Series: Resilience is provided by ARC Reprographics, Bulthaup, CSDA Architecture, HMC Architects, Morphosis Architects, and Theatre DNA.

 

 

 

 

Manifesto Series: At Extremes

Manifesto Series: At Extremes

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

7 – 9 pm

 

#atextremes    #manifestoseries   @storefrontnyc

 

With Jordan Carver, Mitchell JoachimJanette Kim, Lola Sheppard, Andy Vann, and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

 

The condition of extremes suggests a tipping point: a moment in which a system shifts from one state to another (often unpredictable) state. 

 

Ulrick Beck, in Risk Society, argues that “being at risk is the way of being and ruling in the world of modernity…global risk is the human condition at the beginning of the twenty-first century.” Until recently, the developed world has largely been successful in displacing the economic, environmental, and political impact of its development to other nations and peoples, or in directing externalities of development toward other groups and stakeholders within their own nations, rendering the risk invisible in its original context.

 

However, with the financial crisis of 2008 and the increasingly tangible impacts of climate change, complete displacement of risk is no longer possible. When one group or region seemingly achieves stability, another will likely lose it. A key factor in understanding extreme systems is the ability to interpret their relationship to risk. The further we move away from a state of equilibrium, the more volatile the extremes, the more exposed we are to danger and loss, and the more risk we take on. 

 

Manifesto Series: At Extremes discussed how architecture, infrastructure, and technology negotiate limits and operate in conditions of imbalance. Do the risk/reward models prevalent on the trading floors of global financial markets and in speculative real estate projects hold up in disciplines related to design?

 

How can the entangled relationship between risk and extreme conditions be leveraged in a new and productive model; one that emphasizes speculation as a way to test scenarios, outcomes, and tools? What is the role of design in such contexts? To document? To redress? To mitigate? To capitalize on new opportunities? Does the progressive destabilization of political, social, and environmental conditions render design more relevant, or less so?

 

Participants were asked to draw upon Bracket Vol 3. At Extremes, edited by Lola Sheppard and Maya Przybylski, to present a manifesto for or against the positive correlation of risk and extreme circumstances as a productive tool for models in architecture.

 

About the Book:

Bracket is an almanac that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture, environment, and digital culture. The series looks at thematics in our age of globalization that are shaping the built environment in unexpected yet radically significant ways.

 

About the Manifesto Series:

Each iteration of Storefront’s Manifesto Series invites participants to denounce a present or past condition, proclaim an alternative present, past or future situation, and indicate a strategy or method of action.

 

About the Participants

 

Jordan Carver

Jordan H. Carver is a writer, researcher, and educator who writes on space, politics, and culture. He is the author of the upcoming book Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition (Urban Research, 2017). Jordanis a contributing editor to the Avery Review, a core member of Who Builds Your Architecture? and a Henry M. MacCracken Doctoral Fellow in American Studies at New York University.

 

Mitchell Joachim

Co-Founder, Terreform ONE and Associate Professor of Practice, NYU. Formerly, an architect at Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. Selected by Wired magazine for “The Smart List” and Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. His honors include; ARCHITECT R+D Award, Fulbright Scholarship, TED Fellowship, Moshe Safdie Fellow, AIA NY Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award, History Channel Award, and Time magazine’s Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities. Co-authored books, “XXL – XS: New Directions in Ecological Design,” “Super Cells: Building with Biology,” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”. PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, MArch Columbia University.

 

Janette Kim

Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on design and ecology in relationship to public representation, interest, and debate. Janette is assistant professor of architecture and co-director of the Urban Works Agency at California College of the Arts, founding principal of the design practice All of the Above, and founding editor of ARPA Journal, a digital publication on applied research practices in architecture. Janette was also Assistant Professor at Syracuse University from 2015-2016 and Adjunct Assistant Professor from 2005-2015 at Columbia University, where she directed the Applied Research Practices in Architecture initiative and the Urban Landscape Lab.

 

Lola Sheppard / Lateral Office

Lola Sheppard is co-founder, together with Mason White, of Lateral Office, a design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its process as a commitment to design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political. Lateral Office have been pursuing research and design work on the role of architecture in remote regions, particularly the North, for the past seven years.

 

Lateral’s work has been exhibited and lectured extensively across the USA, Canada and Europe.  Lateral Office are the authors of the upcoming book Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory (Actar 2017) and of Pamphlet Architecture 30, COUPLING: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2011). Sheppard and White are also co-editors of the journal Bracket, together with Neeraj  Bhatia and Maya Przybylski.

 

Andy Vann

Andy Vann is an organizer, educator, parent and architect based in Brooklyn. He has taught at City Tech, City College and Columbia GSAPP and is currently working at Paul Castrucci Architect.

 

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is a research architect producing exhibitions, books, lectures, installations and buildings. He founded NAO for design and co-founded SMS (School of Missing Studies) for urban studies. He researched for Herzog & de Meuron, designed for Richard Gluckman as well as collaborated with Jenny Holzer, Robert Wilson and Marjetica Potrc. He was a swimmer competing within the national junior league of Yugoslavia.

 

 

Support

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.

 

   

Control Syntax Rio

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Control Syntax Rio

 

Curated and designed by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta
Presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

 

March 28th, 2017 – May 20th, 2017

97 Kenmare St, New York, NY

 

#controlsyntaxrio   @storefrontnyc

 

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visible sites of “smart city” experimentation. In response to catastrophic natural disasters, calamitous traffic congestion, and urban health epidemics, the Centro de Operações Rio (COR) was designed as a corrective tool and as a new command and control hub that would allow the city to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games. Launched in 2010, COR now monitors its urban camera network and information sensors, gauges optimal traffic patterns, determines landslide risk zones, predicts weather disruptions, and maps disease paths.

 

Rio’s wild topography, wealth disparities, and aging infrastructure make it an unlikely testing ground for the smooth rationality of urban management that “smart city” rhetoric proclaims. Through COR, the predictable impression of Rio de Janeiro as a lush playground of beaches and samba dancers conflicts with the new image of a Rio governed by smart city control systems. As the city also becomes increasingly marked by extreme police tactics and political protests, Rio appears less a case of urban optimization than a platform for viewing the conflicts that have erupted around urban data management, civil rights, and issues of social control. Yet, COR is also a sign of a new form of participatory civic politics. Citizens may visit the COR building to observe its image screens, data displays, and information collection technologies. In this way, COR serves as a public relations space from which the city broadcasts an image of urban administrative control.

 

The exhibition shows Rio structured through COR’s control syntax and smart city command processes. This syntax is assembled from seemingly banal “if-then” statements that become surprisingly charged by their encounters with the political and circulatory life of the city. Through COR, the exhibition sees traffic engineering as urban politics and as haunted by potential catastrophe. The exhibition also understands COR as indicative of an important new space of representation for the 21st century city and its emerging computational governmentality.

 

Exhibition Credits

Curators: Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Mark Wasiuta

Exhibition Design: Sharif Anous, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Mark Wasiuta

Graphic Design: MTWTF

Exhibition Design and Production Assistance: Florencia Alvarez, Javier Bidot-Betancourt, John Dwyer, Jennifer Komorowski, Chelsea Meyer, Jacqui Robbins, Miranda Römer, Augustine Savage, Jen Wood

Sound Design: Sonic Platforms (Michael Christopher, Max Lauter)

Film Voiceover: Louise Dreier

Audio Recording: Marco Pavão

Videography: Terry Barentsen

 

This project has been made possible through the initiative and leadership of the teams at Het Nieuwe Instituut, led by Guus Beumer (Artistic Director) and Marina Otero Verzier (Head of Research), and at Storefront, led by Eva Franch (Chief Curator and Executive Director).

 

About the Curators

 

Farzin Lotfi-Jam is Principal of farzinfarzin, a multidisciplinary studio that designs spaces, software, and media. He is faculty in the architecture program at Columbia University and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and was previously the 2013-2014 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. His research has been funded by the Veski organization and the Graham Foundation, and has been collected by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, AIGA/NY Annex, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the Venice Architecture Biennale, among others.

 

Mark Wasiuta is Co-Director of the MS degree program Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Over the last decade, as Director of Exhibitions at GSAPP, he has developed a body of research and archival exhibitions that focus on under-examined practices of the postwar period. Recent exhibitions, produced with various collaborators, include  “Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation,” “Environmental Communications: Contact High,” “Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game,” and “Les Levine: Bio-Tech Rehearsals 1967-1973.” His work has appeared at the Graham Foundation, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and elsewhere. He directs Collecting Architecture Territories, a multi-year research program that analyses global art institutions that have emerged from private collections. Wasiuta is recipient of recent grants from the Asian Cultural Council, the Graham Foundation, and NYSCA.

 

About Het Nieuwe Instituut
Het Nieuwe Instituut aims to illuminate and map a rapidly changing world while at the same time fostering discussion of topics related to the vast field of design. All the institute’s activities are grounded in the principles of design and innovation – two concepts bound up with changing value systems and conflict. Het Nieuwe Instituut organises exhibitions, lectures and fellowships, carries out research and development projects, and publishes reports on the outcomes of its projects.

 

Exhibition Support

Control Syntax Rio is presented in New York City as part of a year-long joint cultural crossover program between Storefront for Art and Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The partnership, supported by the Netherlands Consulate General in New York, seeks to examine the relationships of power between those involved in the construction of the contemporary city through a series of events, exhibitions, and projects to be developed in New York, Rotterdam, and other cities around the world. Control Syntax Rio was commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut, where it was presented from June 2016 to January 2017. Special exhibition support for Control Syntax Rio is generously provided by Samsung and FoyerLive.

 

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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; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.

 

Cabaret Series: ha ha ha (The Funny, the Witty, and the Grotesque)

Cabaret Series: ha ha ha (The Funny, the Witty, and the Grotesque)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

7 – 9 pm

 

#funnywittygrotesque    #cabaretseries   @storefrontnyc

 

With Beverly Fre$h, Brian Hubble, Vivian Lee, Tucker Marder, Thom Moran, and Mike Perry

 

Laughter, giggles, grins, and smirks – actions that often originate as spontaneous and instinctive expressions of amusement – create a sense of self-awareness. That which we find funny can be genuinely ground-breaking, changing people’s perspectives by signaling common spaces of understanding.

 

Humor is a subversion of conventions. Seldom the focus in dominant discourses of art, design, and architecture, there is a recurring interest in the explorations of irony, satire, and the grotesque as a means of critique of the status quo. Humor has a unique and particular potency in responding to turbulent political moments. It can deflect anger, serve as therapy in the face of traumatic events, and undermine prevailing ideologies. Can humor also promote new forms of a more optimistic practice, able to overcome anger, yet effective enough to produce change?

 

Presented during Paranoia Man in a Rat Fink Room, an installation by Freeman & Lowe, Cabaret Series: ha ha ha (The Funny, the Witty, and the Grotesque) invites artists, architects, designers, and curators to explore the intersections between humor, art, and architecture through performance and discussion.

 

About the Cabaret Series:

Each iteration of Storefront’s Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourses in a playful and humorous manner. The events have the aim to produce new modes of communication between speakers, performers, and spectators through provocation, seduction, and immediacy.

 

About the Participants

 

Beverly Fre$h has broken several Guinness Book World Records; including breaking the most eggs on his head and compiling the tallest stack of rap tapes. Beverly has exhibited throughout the US and internationally, including China, Japan, Peru, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, France and Germany. Recent exhibitions include, MR MDWST – A REAL GOOD TIME (2015), a solo exhibition at the Cranbrook Museum of Art. He is co-founder of sUPERIORbelly, a record label based in Detroit; cofounder of WILD AMERICAN DOGS; and co-founder of the Archive of Midwestern Culture. He is an Associate Professor and Area Head of Graphic Art at DePaul University in Chicago.

 

Brian Hubble lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  Recent exhibitions include MOCA in Los Angeles, Fastnet in Brooklyn, and Less is More Projects in Paris and Brussels. He is the co-director of Unisex Salon, an artist-run contributive platform for voices of the multi-disciplinary community. Hubble completed his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was the recipient of the William Merchant R. French Fellowship.

 

WH Vivian Lee is the co-founder of LAMAS, a studio that is currently really excited by ornament, optical illusions, and lazy forms. Together with her partner James Macgillivray, they have experimented on these topics through school research, in temporary installations, and on permanent buildings. Lee is a U.S. registered architect who lives in Toronto.

 

Tucker Marder is an artist, filmmaker and plantsman. He has collaborated with institutions such as The National Aviary, The Nature Conservancy and Phipps Conservatory. Tucker is a recipient of the Frank Ratchye Grant for Art at the Frontier and in 2016 was named a Redford Center Grant Honoree. Tucker’s performance “STAMPEDE!”, comprised of over 200 live Crested Runner Ducks and large motorized abstract puppets premiered as part of the 2015 Parrish Road Show. Tucker is the founder of the Folly Tree Arboretum, a collection of over 175 rare and unusual trees intent on showcasing nature’s sense of humor. Tucker received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Thom Moran is an American architect, designer, and educator. He joined the University of Michigan’s Taubman College as the 2009-2010 Muschenheim Fellow where he is currently an assistant professor. Humor and lightheartedness are at the center of his practice, which involves solo projects and several ongoing collaborations that each explore particular issues. THING THING is a Detroit-based design collaborative that makes things with plastic, using novel fabrication methods to hijack post-consumer material ecologies. With Meredith Miller he works on an architectural scale, exploring media and environment as sources for multiple, simultaneous effects. Thom and Michael Savona collect designs that engage the relationship between people, interiors, and objects at Frontieriors.

 

Mike Perry is an artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet, and designer. His work encompasses paintings, drawings, sculptures, art installations, books, murals, all of which are made to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you laugh and can’t stop laughing. Key to Mike’s working method is the recognition that art and objects, go through many iterations—discoveries, coverings, uncoverings—until they’re finished; people do the same until they are fully revealed. He likes to cultivate collectives of celebration, exhibition, and revelation.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; 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.