Current Preoccupations

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Monday 24 October 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 72 mins

Maarten Gielen presents the work of Rotor, a group of architects, designers, and other professionals interested in material flows in industry and construction, particularly in relation to resources, waste, use and reuse.

Founded in 2005, Rotor represented Belgium at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2010. Usus/Usures explored wear as a reaction to use in architecture and as a potential creative process. In 2013, they curated the Oslo Architecture Triennale that included Behind the Green Door: a vast exhibition on the challenges facing ’sustainable’ architecture today.

Maarten Gielen is a founding member of the collective Rotor where he currently works as designer, manager and researcher. At Rotor, he collaborated on exhibition projects including OMA/ Progress (Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2011), Usus/Usures ( Belgian pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale), and Ex Limbo (Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2011). In 2012, he was appointed visiting professor at the HEAD in Geneva. He curated together with Lionel Devlieger the 2013 Oslo Architecture Triennale and was awarded the Rotterdam-Maaskant prize in 2015.

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