‘The Baltic Material Assemblies’ presents architecture from the Baltic states, investigating the material, infrastructural and cultural connections that have persisted despite the political borders and conflict lines that changing regimes have aimed to introduce tothe region. The exhibition explores geologies, infrastructure and architecture which hold not just our past but our shared futures within them.
“The Baltic Material Assemblies”
28 February – 24 March, 2018
Architectural Association London
36 Bedford Square, London
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are the only former Soviet states to have be come members of the European Union. An overwhelming majority of the energy networks, mining operations and urban layouts that were instruments of the soviet industrialisation of the Baltic States remain functional today. The reconfiguration or dismantling of this vast space demands a new relationship between society and its environment. The transformation of the Baltic States is incremental, synchronised and negotiated on many levels and in many cases only made possible through the support of other members of the EU.
Electricity grids, fossil fuel pipelines, nuclear assemblies, geological sections, minerals, landform buildings, insulation materials and landscape photographs are assembled in this exhibition and outline the background to the new architectural commitments of the Baltic States.
In 2018, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrate their independence centennial at a point in time where the three Baltic states are recognised as established and innovative members of the European Union – playing an active role in determining the shared future of the continent. Presented across the AA and RIBA gallery spaces the exhibition unfolds the notion of built space as a tightly linked and shared infrastructure – common ground for European unity.
The exhibition investigates futurity through its inscription into the region’s geology, infrastructure vand architecture. Presented at the AA and RIBA, it reveals built space as a common ground for European unity.