Zurich 1st International Architecture Exhibition 1980, The Presence of the Past. Strada Novissima, installation view.

Zurich

Exhibiting Architecture - Methods, History and Criticism

Thursday 16 – Thursday 23 August 2018

Throughout the 20th century and in particular in the emergence and development of (Post)Modernism, exhibitions have been key sites for experimentation, discussion and critique of Architecture. As today the discipline is increasingly subjected to the mechanisms of mediatization and the attention economy, the medium of the exhibition continues to gain relevance. Here it is not only a tool to formulate and communicate an understanding of Architecture to fellow practitioners but to a wider audience, hence contributing to its popularization. In many ways, the history of curating and displaying Architecture is closely linked to developments in related fields like the humanities and especially Art. But what sets apart Art and Architecture exhibitions is a fundamental issue: What we see when entering the Architecture gallery is commonly not the “real thing” but rather a representation of a building or a city – something that would be otherwise too vast and complex to be contained. Feeding of this inherent tension, how can Architecture exhibitions today not only move beyond the conventional modes of display (eg. the model, drawing, and photograph etc.) but furthermore avoid the pitfalls of functioning as a promotion of a specific cultural practice and instead unfold its potential as a critical tool? 

The Zurich Visiting School picks up these issues and unfolds it through a series of lectures, conversations, and workshops. It is structured according to a critical analysis of the common sites of exhibition making (eg. the institution / museum, commercial gallery, non-for profit / off space, public space) as well as curatorial techniques and modes in an attempt to investigate models moving beyond. 

By bringing together practitioners and theorists from the field of art as well as architecture the AAVS Zurich enables the students to develop a multidisciplinary perspective on the issue of ‘exhibiting architecture’. The programme will culminate in a presentation and discussion with the invited guest. The final outcome of the class will be either a piece of criticism, the outline of an essay, a researched and developed curatorial proposal, or a draft for an exhibition design. The medium is not limited to text, but can also take on the forms of drawings, collages and the production of images, etc.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Led by a visiting faculty that is comprised of practitioners from the field of architecture, curating and exhibition making as well as theorists and artists (full list will be announced soon) the participants will be able to develop or further deepen the following knowledge and skills:

– an understanding of the role that exhibitions have played in the history of the discipline of architecture and in particular the emergence of Modernism and respectively Postmodernism

– the relationship between developments in the field of exhibiting art as well as architecture

– an in-depth thematization of the issues and paradoxes surrounding architecture as an object of exhibitions

– insight into the different fields and contexts in which exhibition making can unfold (institutions, museums, commercial galleries, non for profit / off spaces, public space) through hands-on conversations with practitioners

– practical guidance in the conceptualization of exhibition, eg. different curatorial / organizational models

– insights into practical issues related to the production of exhibitions (eg. funding, loan agreements etc.)

– training in the writing of exhibition proposals/funding applications

The development of the individual works will be closely guided by the Programme Heads and the visiting faculty.

Applications

1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 15 July 2018.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £750 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

Eligibility

The workshop is open to current students in the fields of architecture, design, curating, art history and related subjects in the humanities, phd candidates and young professionals.

Location
Longtang, founded by artists and curators Anne Gruber, Tobias Kaspar, Emil Michael Klein and Ludovica Parenti is
a tank to think through contemporary art.

Hagenholzstrasse 106, 8050 Zürich.

Faculty / Guests

Lennart Wolff studied architecture at the University of the Arts in Berlin and has participated in research-based studios at TU Berlin’s Habitat Unit as well as a joint project by TU Braunschweig and Columbia University. He graduated from the Architectural Association, London. During his training he has worked for different offices in Santiago de Chile, Berlin and at Selldorf Architects in New York City. Together with Elisa R. Linn he has founded the curatorial project km temporaer. Current and upcoming projects include performances, screenings and exhibitions at galleries, independent spaces and institutions such as Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (Aachen, 2015), Galerie Bernhard (Zurich, 2017), South London Gallery (London, 2018), British School at Rome (Rome, 2018), Bronx Museum (NYC, 2018), the German Center for Architecture (Berlin, 2018) as well as Museo Nivola (Sardinia, 2019). He has written for magazines like Frieze, Kaleidoscope and Cura among others.

Klaus Platzgummer studied architecture at the ETH Zürich and holds an MA in History and Critical Thinking in Architecture from the Architectural Association, London. He is currently a research and teaching associate at the Department of Architectural Theory, Technische Universität Berlin and a tutor for History and Theory Studies at the AA Undergraduate and Graduate School. He was a curatorial assistant for the Pavilion of Switzerland at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, contributed to the Estonian Pavilion 2018 and has co-curated the exhibition ‘Architects Portraits’ at the Werner Oechslin Library Foundation in Einsiedeln, Switzerland.

Li Tavor (co-curator Swiss Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018)
Daniel Baumann (Director Kunsthalle Zurich)
Elisa R. Linn (curator and critic based in Berlin and New York)
Alex Lehnerer (Ciriacidis Lehnerer Architekten, commissioner German Pavilion Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014)
Nina Zschocke (ETH Zurich)
Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen (curators, directors GTA Exhibitions / ETH Zurich)
Ludovica Parenti (independent curator based in Zurich and Rome)

Contacts

Programme Head
Lennart Wolff

Programme Tutor
Klaus Platzgummer

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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