“Architecture After the Future” at Haus der Architektur Graz

The exhibition features eight contributions to Future Architecture Platform’s Call for Ideas 2016. Each of the eight projects selected by curator Ana Jeinić exemplifies a specific strategy for adapting architectural practice to the post-futurist cultural condition.

 

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

 

According to social theorists, such as Marc Augé or Franco “Bifo” Berardi, we live in an age characterised by the collapse of the very idea of the future: In the last decades of the 20th century, with the repeated economic crisis, the discouraging reports to the Club of Rome – a group of experts from a wide range of disciplines – and the seemingly definite collapse of the socialist project, our belief in the future was irreparably shattered. Taking into account that the architectural project, in the conventional sense of the term, has always been a project of the future, the described situation must have had profound consequences for architecture as a discipline.


 

Practical Information

“Architecture After the Future”
23 June to 30 July, 2017
HDA – Haus der Architektur
Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz
Austria

 


The exhibition Architecture After the Future is based on the assumption that understanding and revealing these consequences presents a major task for the contemporary discourse on architecture and also a necessary prelude to the imminent debate on how to reintegrate the dimension of the future once again into the architectural and broader cultural imagination. The exhibition features eight contributions to Future Architecture Platform’s Call for Ideas 2016. Each of the eight projects selected by curator Ana Jeinić exemplifies a specific strategy for adapting architectural practice to the post-futurist cultural condition.

 

Florian Bengert, Space in Time – The Future of Logistic Landscapes, project image – © BNGRT (Florian Bengert)

Florian Bengert, Space in Time – The Future of Logistic Landscapes, project image – © BNGRT (Florian Bengert)

José Tomás Pérez Valle, No Man’s Land, project image – © José Tomás Pérez Valle

José Tomás Pérez Valle, No Man’s Land, project image – © José Tomás Pérez Valle

 

The strategy of reluctance is thematised by Miloš Kosec, while the related affinity towards indeterminacy, vacancy and reduction can be found in José Tomás Pérez Valle’s architectural treatment of territorial disputes in Latin America. Ephemerality – or the tendency to squeeze the temporal existence of an architectural object into the present moment – characterises the spatial interventions of Bika Rebek and Noemi Polo, as well as Ersi Krouska’s portable refugee tents.

 

Ersi Krouska, Penelope Pop-Up, ‘Pop it up and settle – fold it, wear it and walk – weave your path through life.’ – © Ersi Krouska

Ersi Krouska, Penelope Pop-Up, ‘Pop it up and settle – fold it, wear it and walk – weave your path through life.’ – © Ersi Krouska

Selim Projects, Rare World Fiction Collection as part of Proxima Utopia – an ongoing design-led research towards a world atlas of utopias in the era of "post-everything" – © Selim Projects

Selim Projects, Rare World Fiction Collection as part of Proxima Utopia – an ongoing design-led research towards a world atlas of utopias in the era of “post-everything” – © Selim Projects

 

Paolo Patelli’s architectural archaeology of the European Union exemplifies the prevalence of the reflexive (past-oriented) content and the decline of the projective (future-oriented) dimension in contemporary architectural projects. The tendency of relativisation, catalogisation, and equalisation of utopian scenarios distinguishes Mika Savela and Henrik Drufva’s proposal of a world atlas of utopias for the era of post-everything. Paul Landon’s videos and installations thematise the impact of speculative building and its visual representations on the perception of urban space, while a mix of pragmatic and ameliorative (rather than optimistic and utopian) sort of future speculation characterises the architectural projects of Florian Bengert.

 

Paolo Patelli, The Architecture (an Archeology) of a Post-Nation, detail of the video-installation – © Paolo Patelli

Paolo Patelli, The Architecture (an Archeology) of a Post-Nation, detail of the video-installation – © Paolo Patelli

Sibilasoon, The Invisible Blanket, photography of the installation – © Sibilasoon

Sibilasoon, The Invisible Blanket, photography of the installation – © Sibilasoon

 

The exhibited projects will be accompanied and structured by a series of short texts about post-futurist design strategies written by Ana Jeinić and illustrated by Andreas Töpfer. The topic of the exhibition will be further elaborated in the form of a Symposium with selected artists and guests, while the blog Architecture After the Future aims at providing a broader perspective on the crisis of future in contemporary architecture and exploring possible ways of overcoming it.

 

Paul Landon, Dissolving Futures, detail of the digital slide-show – © Paul Landon

Paul Landon, Dissolving Futures, detail of the digital slide-show – © Paul Landon

Miloš Kosec, The Emergence of the Reluctant Architect: ‘wall of vegetation’ designed by Patrick Blanc for the Museum Quai Branly in Paris – © Miloš Kosec

Miloš Kosec, The Emergence of the Reluctant Architect: ‘wall of vegetation’ designed by Patrick Blanc for the Museum Quai Branly in Paris – © Miloš Kosec

 

FEATURED AUTHORS AND PROJECTS

BNGRT (Florian Bengert) – Space in Time: The Future of Logistic Landscapes
Miloš Kosec – I Would Prefer Not To: The Emergence of the Reluctant Architect
Ersi Krouska – Penelope Pop-Up: Refugee Tent System
Paul Landon – Dissolving Futures
Paolo Patelli – The Architecture (an Archaeology) of a Post-Nation: A Design-Based Inquiry into the Prototypes of the European Project
José Tomás Pérez Valle – No Man’s Land: Subtracting the Border
Selim Projects (Mika Savela & Henrik Drufva) – Proxima Utopia
Sibilasoon (Bika Rebek) and Amore Agency (Noemi Polo) – The Invisible Window

 

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view  © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Clara Wildberger – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

"Architecture After the Future" exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

“Architecture After the Future” exhibition view © Martin Grabner – HDA

 

Curator: Ana Jeinić
Exhibition design: Ana Dana Beroš
Illustrations: Andreas Töpfer
Graphic design: milchhof:atelier
Video production and editing: Matija Kralj
Project manager: Janosch Webersink

Event in the context of Future Architecture Platform: www.futurearchitectureplatform.org. Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Office of the Federal Chancellor in Austria (Margarete-Schütte-Lihotzky-Projektstipendium 2016)


 

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