After Belonging addresses and imagines the objects, spaces, and territories of a transforming condition of belonging. Global circulation of people, information, and goods has destabilized what we understand by residence, questioning spatial permanence, property, and identity—a crisis of belonging. These transfers bring greater accessibility to ever-new commodities and further geographies. But, simultaneously, circulation also promotes growing inequalities for large groups, kept in precarious states of transit.
After Belonging analyzes the ways in which architecture participates and intervenes in both our attachment to places and collectivities—Where do we belong?—as well as our relation to the objects we produce, own, share, and exchange—How do we manage our belongings?
September 8-November 27, 2016
Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture DOGA
Hausmanns gate 16, Oslo
September 8-November 27, 2016
Universitetsgata 13, Oslo
Chief Curators, Publication Editors, and Exhibition Designers:
Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis and Marina Otero Verzier
“How can different agents involved in the built environment address the ways we stay in transit? How can architects intervene in the reconfiguration of the contemporary residence? Being at home has different definitions nowadays, both within domestic settings and in the spaces defined by national boundaries.”
The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 is divided into two parts:
-A triennale On Residence, in which to collectively analyze the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence.
-A triennale In Residence, in which international architects and professionals concerned with the built environment will engage in local collaborations in Oslo, the Nordic region, and around the globe, to intervene in the transformation of residence.
After Belonging: On Residence documents the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the definition of our contemporary spaces of residence. It considers the aesthetic, technical, and sociopolitical implications of this definition. Architecture here takes different forms beyond the building, from arrangements of objects and their logistics, to territorial configurations and digital systems of organization.
The exhibition displays a series of contributions gravitating around five areas: Borders Elsewhere, Furnishing After Belonging, Sheltering Temporariness, Technologies for a Life in Transit, and Markets and Territories of the Global Home. Arranged as an accumulation of evidences and speculations, the On Residence exhibition unveils the multiple scales and media involved in the architectures of contemporary forms of residence and how they convey new articulations between individuals, objects, technologies, collectives and territories.
PARTICIPANTS: Adrian Lahoud; Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation; Bouchra KhaliliCenter for Political Beauty; Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe); Coralie Gourguechon; Design Earth; Einar Sneve Martinussen & Jørn Knutsen; Enorme; Estudio; Femke Herregraven; FFB; Folder; Frida Escobedo & Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa; Jill Magid; Kadambari Baxi, Janette Kim, Meg McLagan, David Schiminovich & Mark Wasiuta; Kër Thiossane with Amadou Kane Sy; Sigil (Khaled Malas, Salim al-Kadi, Alfred Tarazi, and Jana Traboulsi); Laura Kurgan, Juan Saldarriaga & Angelika Rettberg; L.E.FT & Lawrence Abu Hamdan; Luis Callejas & Charlotte Hansson; Martha Rosler & Pelin Tan; Martti Kalliala; Nora Akawi, Nina V. Kolowratnik, Johannes Pointl & Eduardo Rega; OMA & Bengler; Pa.LaC.E; Paulo Tavares; Paulo Moreira, Ana Naomi de Sousa & Pétur Waldorff; ROTOR; estudio SIC | VIC; Sputniko!; Supersudaca; Superunion; Unfold
After Belonging: In Residence focuses on a selection of ten sites around the globe that encapsulate current transformations of belonging. It is a speculative platform organized through commissioned reports and intervention strategies considered as two distinct and related architectural operations to approach those sites. The reports outline diverse ways of describing the sites, offering multifaceted perspectives and bringing together different scales.
In addition, five intervention strategies have been selected for the sites located in Oslo and the Nordic region, through an international open call. These interventions design tactical and long-term forms of engagement with the sites, and rehearse alternative architectural practices. By bringing together these different approaches, the In Residence exhibition aims to test the capacity of architectural expertise to respond to changing realities.
Reports by: James Bridle; Matilde Cassani; Eriksen Skajaa Architects; First Office; Husos; Living Architectures; Emeka Ogboh; Ahmet Ögüt+Emily Fahlén; The State (Rahel Aima, Ahmad Makia, Deepak Unnikrishnan); Transborder Studio
“After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit” The After Belonging publication brings together commissioned essays exploring theoretical arguments, historical case studies, and narrative voices, with a compilation of contributions presented in the different Triennale’s platforms. Working as an archive, it contextualizes each contribution within wider conversations and fosters relationships between the works.
The After Belonging Conference invites architects, thinkers, decision-makers, and local experts to collectively dissect the questions at stake in the Triennale. It will address new modes of practice emerging from architecture’s changing relationship to permanence, property, and identity; the complexities of architectural action related to migration and refugeeism; and the new economic, social, and cultural networks framing the contemporary constructions of domesticity and foreignness.
THE EMBASSY AND THE ACADEMY
The New World Embassy: Rojava is a stateless embassy that represents, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by Kurdish communities of the autonomous region of Rojava in northern Syria. The embassy is conceived and designed by Studio Jonas Staal in collaboration with the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and takes the form of a temporary installation in Oslo.
The Academy is an academic forum organized by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO. It will bring schools and students from around the world into a global dialogue and knowledge-sharing experiment, reflecting on the topics of the Triennale. By introducing long-term academic conversations and collaborations, the Academy aims to have a lasting impact on architectural education and practices.
OSLO ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE
Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival, and one of the world’s main arenas for investigation, discussion and dissemination of architectural and urban challenges. Through various events and media, OAT seeks to challenge the field of architecture, engage the public and inspire local and international debate. OAT is a knowledge-driven Triennale, which continuously develops and produces content with relevance that goes beyond the triennale itself.