Didier Faustino: Undomesticated Places

AA Gallery 10/10/2015 - 12/12/2015

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.

Undomesticated Places
 presents two projects by the French artist and architect Didier Faustino, one inside the AA gallery and one in the public space of Bedford Square.

The first part of the exhibition, inside the building, contains the video Exploring Dead Buildings 2.0 which recalls the performance realised on the occasion of the 12th Havana Biennial in 2015. An explorer with a video device fixed on his metallic armour constructs a sensitive archaeology of the School of Ballet; a building designed by Vittorio Garatti in the early 1960s.

Outside, in Bedford Square, a second rendition of This is not a love song (first created in Meudon, France in 2014) has been built. This monochromatic performance-architecture is a platform in the urban environment, welcoming everyday events to activate its meaning and providing a site for action in the manner of Speaker’s Corner.

The exhibition presents two approaches to performative practice in the closely-linked fields of contemporary art and architecture, representative of Didier Faustino's obsession with the location of the body in private and public space.

Supported by AKT II

An Extra Dimension: The Burton House
Photographs by James O. Davies

Front Members' Room 26/10/2015 - 31/10/2015

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.

For an architect the opportunity to build your own house is like a gift – one which Richard Burton accepted with enthusiasm. Burton and his wife Mireille modelled The Burton House to reflect the way they lived, expressing and broadening the interpretation of their own family life. They wanted the design to convey the extra dimension which can be achieved when the many aspects of architecture are applied holistically.

“Mireille and I are family people, both with parentage of talented émigrés for whom the family played a binding role. This was a reflected in the collaborative process of making the house – I designed it, together we organised and financed it, and our family, with the help of many colleagues and friends, went on to build and furnish it. Now we live here.”
 R. Burton.

In order to be able to share the house, the Burtons have opened the doors to thousands over twenty-five years, particularly via the Open House London event. In the same spirit, Burton has set out to describe their venture through a book produced with photographer James O. Davies, which tells the story of the house and finishes by setting out Burton’s manifesto on housing.

The book An Extra Dimension is available to purchase at the AA Bookshop and all profits raised go to Alzheimer's Research. Richard Burton will be available in the Front Members’ Room to answer questions and sign books 5pm – 7pm daily during the exhibition.

Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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