“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (more…)

“Arkhè” new exhibition devoted to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection

The new series of exhibitions devoted to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection, invites the visitor to reconsider the very foundations on which architectural experimentation has been built since the start of the 1950s.

 

Coop Himmelb(l)au Villa Rosa, 1967 Scale model Bois, plastique, plexiglas, métal, peinture, mousse synthétique, polystyrène 44 x 68 x 68 cm 999 01 01 © Philippe Magnon

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Villa Rosa, 1967 Scale model Bois, plastique, plexiglas, métal, peinture, mousse synthétique, polystyrène 44 x 68 x 68 cm © Philippe Magnon

 

This first phase called “Arkhè”, looks back over contemporary interpretations of architecture’s founding myth. From the teachings of Vitruvius, in the 1st century BC, to Reyner Banham’s flamboyant and resolutely pop iconoclasm, architecture has not ceased unveiling its origins: primitive hut or first fire, woven canvas or sculpted monument, garden of Eden or mother’s womb… Behind each model, behind each new start, is a certain vision of man: the first architecture prescribes what the last man will be. (more…)