Teatro dell’architettura will host the exhibition “Atelier Blumer. Sette Architetture Automatiche e altri esercizi” from March 9 to May 31. The exhibition is the opening event of a long series of activities aimed at testing the potential of the building: an array of lectures, debates, film screenings and conferences that will lead to the major show Louis Khan e Venezia in October.
“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises”
March 9 – May 31, 2018
The exhibition “Atelier Blumer. Sette Architetture Automatiche e altri esercizi”, curated by Gabriele Neri, shows a series of interactive installations that were designed and built by Riccardo Blumer’s students at USI Academy of Architecture. The seven automatic architectures are part of a learning and design path adopted since 2007. In the past decade, Academy director and professor Riccardo Blumer has carried out an alternative pedagogical model compared to the more standard approach to the world of architecture.
To that pedagogical approach is added the scientific concept of “interference”, according to which a mutual reinforcement of each of them arises from an overlapping of phenomena. From these premises and thanks also to the precious collaboration established by the Blumer atelier with the Dalle Molle Institute of artificial intelligence studies, USI-SUPSI of Manno, the idea was born to verify the meeting between the possibilities of the automatic movement, the “thought” that can be developed in a machine, and their free application in the field of architecture.
The Seven Automatic Architectures are therefore machines able to move autonomously according to the most sophisticated applications of robotics, installations with which visitors can interact and which refer to some transversal artistic experiences of the most recent past, from kinetic art to experimental theater, from Tinguely’s Art en mouvement to the many other references that everyone will find. The exhibition path is accompanied by sounds produced by engines, pistons, pulleys, compressors and photon sensors, a collective work useful for possible reflections on the role of architecture in a world that in large part is made of interference.