evolving structural logics - ecoLogicStudio
physiological architecture - DÃ©costerd & Rahm
emotions abstracted - Louise Bourgois
the reproduced space - Ree Morton
paradise cage (Kiki Smith) - three female artists
Outline _research 2009
In the year of 2009/10 research activities are specifically focused on strategies of contemporary space production within the field of art and architecture. As we aim for a discussion about contemporary space-related approaches in fine arts, we take in consideration a crucial transition period in art history: referring back to minimalist and post-minimalist sculpture in the late 1960s and 1970s, primary sculptural and phenomenological interest in the actual physical configuration of (exhibition) space becomes evident. Eventually, moving away from the implied representational logic of the so called `environmentsÂ´ , artists allocated greater meaning to how each piece of an artwork becomes dependent on the context that it is viewed in, developing a new format, well known today as `installation artÂ´.
In winter term ws 09/10, Claudia Pasquero offerered students to participate in a 3-day study about systems of dynamic adaptability and the process of generating complex form. In this context, her inquiry does not primarily point to the aesthetics of self-organized patterns, though `beautyÂ´ may be perceived as an emergent property of semi-natural form. Rather the mathematical and procedural processes of formation itself define a set of principles, methodologies and tools for structuring a full-scale form-finding inquiry through the self-organization of material behavior. Claudia is the co-founding member of ecoLogicStudio and teaching faculty at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London.
In summer term SS 09, we invited the Viennese artist Gabriele Sturm to do a 3-day workshop. In her workshop, Gabriele encouraged students to reveal and discover information somehow embedded in generic food packing material such as travel routes, points of origin and sale. At the same time, ones own subjective reading of certain food items gave shape to reworked iconographic representations of personal, emotional perception and response. In this way, content no longer gets transmitted through defined ordering systems; it rather follows strategies of de-illustration, des-illusion, to point at unfulfilled expectations, and the need for individual contribution of persistent re-reading and ceaseless re-processing.
As accompanying events, we organized two public round tables, including the artist Gabriele Sturm, the architect Claudia Pasquero, and invited guests such as Tatjana Schneider (Teaching faculty at University of Sheffield) and designer Oliver Bertram, founder of different futures, who is currently teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. // svk