SAVAGE ARCHITECTURE
Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A
at the Polytechnic of Milan

Travelling 8/2/2017 - 27/2/2017 -

Exhibition open: Monday to Friday 8:30-19:00


In February 2017 the project Savage Architecture will be presented in the Exhibition Space Guido Nardi of the Polytechnic of Milan. In the form of an exhibition and a book, curated by Davide Sacconi, the project portrays the research developed by Gian Piero Frassinelli – former member of Superstudio – and his recent collaboration with 2A+P/A which explore the intersection between architecture and anthropology.

The exhibition – originally exhibited at the Architectural Association and soon traveling to Paris and Rome – and the book published by Black Square in 2016, will be presented by Gian Piero Frassinelli (Superstudio), Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A) who will engage in a debate with Marco Biraghi and Valter Scelsi.

The event will be an opportunity to examine the important role that Frassinelli played within Superstudio, to discuss the trans-disciplinary influence that the Florentine collective has had in the last fifty years and speculate about its operative potential today.

Savage Architecture is a journey to the root of the relationship between architecture and man in four episodes. Departing from Frassinelli’s unpublished graduation thesis for an Anthropology Research Centre (1968), lingering on the dystopian and revealing scenarios of The Twelve Ideal Cities (1972), the trajectory culminates in the recent collaborative projects of Frassinelli and 2A+P/A for the Budapest Ethnographic Museum (2014) and the Central Archive of Human Cultures (2015).

This fifty-year-long journey among different experiments unveils the foundations of a project alternative to the current blind faith in the economic and technological reason. The anthropological gaze gives form to an architecture that is savage because it refuses to impose the power of reason over the symbolic, animal, vital and therefore political dimension of man.  Savage Architecture rejects the domestic man and looks at the primitive without the burden of progress or development but instead with the freedom of the barbaric, the wisdom of the ancestral, and a profound awareness of the collective character of architectural knowledge. Savage Architecture is the achievement of a field of tensions between control and freedom, narrative and technology, individual expression and collective rituals. A project that, conscious of the violence inherent in human relationships, imagines mechanisms and narratives to give form and value to irreducible dichotomies of mankind.

Symposium: Wednesday 8 February 2017, 18:00 - 20:00, Polytechnic of Milan

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Savage Architecture - AA Front Members' Room


SAVAGE ARCHITECTURE
Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A
at KSU, Florence

Travelling 29/11/2016 - 29/11/2016 -

For further details visit: www.ksuflorencecaed.net


The recent collaboration between Gian Piero Frassinelli (member of the Florentine collective Superstudio) and 2A+P/A (architectural practice based in Rome) relaunches the debate on the relationship between architecture and anthropology. 

Moving away from a historical or scientific perspective to embrace the point of view of the project, Savage Architecture is a journey in four episodes through the imaginative potential of the anthropological gaze, proposing an alternative to the dominant belief in the economic and technological reasons underpinning architecture. 

Savage
 suggests an architecture that rejects the domestic man, refusing to impose the power of reason upon his animal, symbolic, vital and political dimensions. The project imagines architecture as a field of tensions between control and freedom, narrative and technology, individual expression and collective rituals, imagining mechanisms and narratives that give form to the intrinsic dichotomies of mankind.

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Savage Architecture - AA Front Members' Room


Dogma: 11 Projects
at TU Delft

Travelling 31/10/2013 - 30/11/2013 -

For further details visit: www.tudelft.nl

Projects and drawings from 2002–12 by the architecture and research studio led by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara. For the past ten years Dogma has focused almost exclusively on large-scale projects such as citywide interventions. These projects venture beyond physical size to expand conceptual frameworks that radically rethink architecture. The exhibition explores 11 works developed since 2002 that collectively present the Dogma ethos: to see the urban project as a comprehensive domain in which architectural form, the political and the city are reclaimed as one 'field'. By mobilising and reinvigorating drawing and text – the quintessential tools of architecture – these 11 projects range from speculative and theoretical proposals to investigations that question today's modes of housing.

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Dogma – AA Gallery


Ceramica Cumella: Shaping Ideas
at Fundacion Metropoli, Madrid

Travelling 4/4/2013 - 28/6/2013 -

For further details visit: www.fmetropoli.org

The artistic and scientific innovations emerging from the studio of Toni Cumella reveal that ceramics are highly versatile 21st century materials. Focusing on the 4 main fabrication processes in use at Ceramica Cumella - extruding, casting, pressing and revolving - Shaping Ideas presents the work of Toni Cumella and the application of his ceramics in some of contemporary architecture's most significant projects.

Born in 1951, the son of ceramicist Antoni Cumella, Toni Cumella studied industrial engineering at Barcelona University before dedicating himself entirely to ceramics in 1970. After the death of his father in 1985 Cumella redirected the focus of the studio Ceramica Cumella towards the development of architectural projects and large-scale artworks, working closely with Studio PER (Cristian Cirici, Pep Bonet, Oscar Tusquets, Enric Steegman and Lluis Clotet), Enric Sòria and Jordi Garcés. Between 1989 and 1992 the studio undertook its first two major architectural commissions: the restoration of Gaudi's Casa Batlló (with architect Josep Botey) and the restoration of Gaudi's Parc Güell (with architects Elíes Torres & Martinez Lapena), which firmly established Ceramica Cumella as a centre of expertise in the field.

Subsequent collaborations developed at the studio include Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue's Park Diagonal Mar and Parc Dels Colors followed by the Santa Caterina Market in 2005, Jean Nouvel's Placa Sardana, Alejandro Zaera-Polo's  Spanish Pavilion at Expo 2005, the Law Courts in Terrassa and the Catalan Police Headquarters in El Vendrell with Josep Botey, several  installations with the artist Frederic Amat of which two feature in the exhibition and Enric Ruiz-Geli's Villa Nurbs in 2009. Currently underway at the studio are new projects with Renzo Piano, Kengo Kuma and Amanda Levete.

Toni Cumella has a close relationship with the AA. He has produced some of his most outstanding work with current and former AA tutors and graduates and for the last 4 years he has held regular workshops with Intermediate Unit 9.

Curated by Mis-Architecture (Christopher Pierce + Chris Matthews) with AA Exhibitions.

 

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Ceramica Cumella - AA Gallery


God & Co: Francois Dallegret Beyond the Bubble
at Ecole Nationale Superieure D'Architecture Paris-Malaquais

Travelling 20/9/2012 - 15/11/2012 -

For further details visit www.paris-malaquais.archi.fr

The AA's travelling exhibition God & Co: Francois Dallegret Beyond the Bubble reviews the work of the French Montreal-based artist and architect Francois Dallegret (1937-). Dallegret's own life and work defies anything so predictable as a neat synopsis, but in essence his work - beginning in Paris in the late 1950s and early 60s, and later taking in New York and Montreal - absorbs everything from intricate line drawings for a series of astrological vehicles and designs for a number of machines (from those that assist in cooking a meal to others that generate literature) to the 'A Home Is Not a House' collaboration with the critic Reyner Banham; a drugstore/gallery in Montreal; proposals for a new Montreal Palais Metro; designs for chairs, more cars and yet more machines; a film collaborative set up to shoot a western; contributions to the Montreal 67 Expo; bars of soap; subversive credit cards; 'ironique' villas and light installations. 

 

The works in the exhibition take the form of drawings, photographs, films, cars and a small cosmology of objects designed and produced by Francois Dallegret from 1957 to the present day.

 

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: God & Co - AA Gallery

 

The AA has published a catalogue to accompany the show, illustrating a great many of Dallegret's works and containing texts by Alessandra Ponte, Laurent Stalder and Thomas Weaver.

 

Exhibition Book
God & Co is published to accompany the exhibition.
384 pages, Extensive col. & b/w ills


Archizinesde sign de - Osaka, Japan

Travelling 1/9/2012 - 17/9/2012 -

For further details visit: http://designde.jp

ARCHIZINES (www.archizines.com) celebrates the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world. The touring exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the AA, features 60 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from more than 20 countries. Edited by architects, artists and students, these publications provide new platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture. They make an important and often radical addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate a residual love for print matter in the digital age.

 

The exhibition features titles from the collection alongside video interviews with their creators. Each publication has selected one issue to represent their approach to publishing and they are all available for visitors to read. An accompanying catalogue, published by Bedford Press, explores the relationship between architecture and publishing further through commissioned essays and texts by editors in Europe and North America. 

 

Since the initial exhibition at the AA, ARCHIZINES has been presented in cities in Europe and North America and now the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, to be followed by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. ARCHIZINES will continue touring internationally through 2013, while the primary collection is currently being transferred to the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Archizines - AA Front Members' Room


Zak Kyes Working With...
at Graham Foundation, Chicago

Travelling 14/6/2012 - 22/9/2012 -

For further information please visit: http://grahamfoundation.org

Zak Kyes is the recipient of the 2010 INFORM Award, the annual accolade presented to graphic designers who develop a practice within the context of applied and contemporary art. Previous recipients include Laurent Benner (2007), Julia Born (2008) and Rebecca Stephany (2009). 

 

The award was marked by a one-person exhibition - 'Zak Kyes Working With...' - originating at the Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig and travelling to the AA and the Graham Foundation, Chicago (14 June-22 September 2012). Curated in collaboration with Barbara Steiner, the exhibition brought together a range of works by Kyes, as well as new ones by a host of collaborators including architects, artists, writers, curators, editors and graphic designers, presenting contemporary graphic design as a practice that mediates, and is mediated by, its allied disciplines. 

 

A Swiss-American who lives and works in London, Kyes has developed a graphic design practice that includes publishing, editing and site-specific projects for and in collaboration with cultural institutions. In 2005 he founded the design studio Zak Group and in 2006 became Art Director of the AA. Under the auspices of the AA, he organised the touring exhibition 'Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design', and later co-founded Bedford Press, an imprint that seeks to develop new models for contemporary publishing. By broadening the highly specialised role of the designer, Kyes challenges and further develops today's graphic design practice. 

 

Each invited contributor is assigned a role that addresses the different formats of an exhibition. Architect Jesko Fezer was invited to propose the exhibition architecture, while typographer Radim Peško designed a typeface for the show's object labels and wall texts. Artist Jospeh Grigely created the exhibition poster, and writers Shumon Basar and Charles Arséne-Henry conceived the audio guide. Artist Can Altay conducted a publishing workshop, and archivist and librarian Edward Bottoms offered a historical lecture on architectural publishing. Architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller devised an archive structure, and graphic designer Wayne Daly designed an expanded exhibition catalogue published by Sternberg Press (June 2012) which includes contributions by Richard Birkett, Andrew Blauvelt, Edward Bottoms, Maria Lind, Markus Miessen and Barbara Steiner, among others. 

 

'Zak Kyes Working With ...' was organised by The Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig in collaboration of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, and the AA. This project is also supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

 

This exhibition was previously at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Zak Kyes Working With... - AA Front Members' Room


God & Co: Francois Dallegret Beyond the Bubble
at ETH Zurich

Travelling 4/5/2012 - 24/5/2012 -

For further details please vist: http://www.ausstellungen.gta.arch.ethz.ch

The AA's travelling exhibition God & Co: François Dallegret Beyond the Bubble reviews the work of the French Montreal-based artist and architect François Dallegret (1937-). Dallegret's own life and work defies anything so predictable as a neat synopsis, but in essence his work - beginning in Paris in the late 1950s and early 60s, and later taking in New York and Montreal - absorbs everything from intricate line drawings for a series of astrological vehicles and designs for a number of machines (from those that assist in cooking a meal to others that generate literature) to the 'A Home Is Not a House' collaboration with the critic Reyner Banham; a drugstore/gallery in Montreal; proposals for a new Montreal Palais Métro; designs for chairs, more cars and yet more machines; a film collaborative set up to shoot a western; contributions to the Montreal 67 Expo; bars of soap; subversive credit cards; 'ironique' villas and light installations. 

 

The works in the exhibition take the form of drawings, photographs, films, cars and a small cosmology of objects designed and produced by François Dallegret from 1957 to the present day.

 

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: God & Co - AA Gallery

 

The AA has published a catalogue to accompany the show, illustrating a great many of Dallegret's works and containing texts by Alessandra Ponte, Laurent Stalder and Thomas Weaver.

 

Exhibition book
God & Co published to accompany the exhibition.

384 pages, Extensive col. & b/w ills


ArchizinesStorefront for Art and Architecture - New York

Travelling 18/4/2012 - 9/6/2012 -

For details see: http://storefrontnews.org/

ARCHIZINES (www.archizines.com) celebrates the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world. The touring exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the AA, features 60 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from more than 20 countries. Edited by architects, artists and students, these publications provide new platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture. They make an important and often radical addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate a residual love for print matter in the digital age.

 

The exhibition features titles from the collection alongside video interviews with their creators. Each publication has selected one issue to represent their approach to publishing and they are all available for visitors to read. An accompanying catalogue, published by Bedford Press, explores the relationship between architecture and publishing further through commissioned essays and texts by editors in Europe and North America. 

 

Since the initial exhibition at the AA, ARCHIZINES has been presented in cities in Europe and North America and now the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, to be followed by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. ARCHIZINES will continue touring internationally through 2013, while the primary collection is currently being transferred to the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 

 

Photo courtesy of Naho Kubota

 

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, for details visit: Archizines - AA Gallery


Translated By
at Salt, Istanbul

Travelling 6/4/2012 - 8/7/2012 -

You've entered the room. It looks empty, silent. Vinyl text on the wall, like an album track-listing. Writers' names instead of bands.
You've been given a black pamphlet and an electronic device connected to a pair of headphones.
You'll put them on. Pick a number. Press play. You look for the same number on the walls. You find it. Next to it, an image. Beside it there is a seat. You sit. On a beat-up office chair dredged from a river. You listen. And you start travelling. You're on Atlantic Avenue, between Nevins and Third. It's Brooklyn. 1971.
The voice stops. You go for another track, another chair, a different place. Now on a little stool, you follow a six-year-old girl's voice in your ears. You're lost in the Sheraton Hotel. An Aztec spaceship in Doha's desert.
It will last for 11 tracks. Through Tripoli, Brixton, Ramallah. Sofia, The Metaverse. Ardennes forest. A garden.
Until West Vancouver. Where the world is ending.

Curated by Charles Arséne-Henry and Shumon Basar



This exhibition was originally at the AA, see Translated By

Translated By
at SALT Galata and the new edition of the Translated By publication are realized in collaboration with the British Council.


Beyond Entropy - Milan

Travelling 9/6/2011 - 26/6/2011 -

ENERGY, the unseen powerful force that shapes every aspect of life from our cellular structure to our economy will be explored through a unique free exhibition and series of events that bring together world-leading scientists, architects and artists.

The show and events are part of Beyond Entropy, an ambitious two-year project from the AA School directed by Stefano Rabolli Pansera, involving 24 leading scientists, architects and artists working together to explore and broaden the ways we think about energy. Before coming to London, Beyond Entropy has been shown in Europe including at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and Société de Lecture, Geneva.
Work on display
A giant self-balancing mechanism, a working time machine, and forensic photography that captures your movements before the picture was taken are just some of the works on show. Each work explores a different type of energy and is created by a team consisting of an artist, architect and scientist.
About Beyond Entropy
Beyond Entropy, sponsored by Digital Technology Solutions/Olivetti, RePower and supported by Bersi Serlini, is set in the context of the urgent requirement of global energy and how this issue impacts on politics, economics and cultures across the globe. Beyond Entropy is a pioneering enquiry that fuses science, architecture and artistic collaboration to develop new ways of thinking about energy.

This exhibition was originally at the Architectural Association, see Beyond Entropy
More information can be found at: beyondentropy.aaschool.ac.uk/


Switzerland Design For Life
Istanbul Design Week

Travelling 19/6/2010 - 1/7/2010 -

Conceived by the Embassy of Switzerland, Pace PR and the Architectural Association, London, with various events and talks, political as well as artistic, SDL presented a new picture, full of innovative content, of what Swiss Design is today. The SCFB is proud to have been able to play a crucial part in giving a vast number of innovative and extremely talented Swiss artists the chance to present their work and attempt to re-define the British audience's view of how the Swiss regard themselves and how they would like the world to experience and see the “Swissness” in Swiss Design of today.

Switzerland Design for Life (SDL) was originally at the A Foundation Rochelle School Gallery.


Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031
vanessa@aaschool.ac.uk

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