On the occasion of the awarding of the 10th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, the Frederick Kiesler Foundation presents in its exhibition space an installation with selected video works by Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation; inlcuding: ‘IKEA Disobedients’ (the first architectural performance to be included in the MoMA’s collection), ‘Sales Oddity’ (winner of the Silver Lion as the Best Research Project at the 14th La Biennale di Venezia) and their new work ‘Pornified Homes’, currently on view for the first time at the Oslo Architecture Triennale.
October 6 – October 28, 2016
Frederick Kiesler Foundation
Mariahilfer Straße 1b, 1060
“Transmaterial” gathers the work produced by Andrés Jaque and the architectural and artistic practice he founded in 2000: Office for Political Innovation. A transnational agency based in New York and Madrid, Office for Political Innovation works at the intersection of design, research, and political practices. It has gained a singular voice in the international scene of contemporary architecture by exploring how architecture can be alternative, inclusive, and subversive.
The term transmaterial refers to the way architecture is produced by the interaction between processes developed through the coordination of different material media (the built environment, the biology of beings, the online interaction, etc.). This notion can be found in research-based projects like “SALES ODDITY. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanisms” and “Pornified Homes,” as well as in designs like COSMO, Escaravox, and House in Never Never Land.
The works included in this exhibition rethink daily life via an ensemble of diverse and often incompatible sensitivities and traditions. Social sciences, theater, technology, art, and design—when these come together they create disciplinary hybrid projects that not only enforce a methodology, but also a mode of doing that renovates the priorities, the tools, and the formats in which existence can be discussed and transformed.
The videos featured in the exhibition are:
– IKEA DISOBEDIENTS NY (2012)
– IKEA Disobedients Madrid (2012)
– SALES ODDITY. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-Home TV Urbanism (2014)
– PORNIFIED HOMES (2016)
– SUPERPOWERS OF TEN (2013-2016)
– ANDRÉS JAQUE / OFFICE FOR POLITICAL INNOVATION 2000-2016
Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-home TV Urbanism by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, was awarded with The Silver Lion for best research project exhibited in the Venice Biennale 2014. The project presents a video projection on a textile model of the Milano 2 complex. It is focused on a fundamental aspect of modern societies: how the power of the media occupies other social spaces, both physically and politically. It is based on an innovative research combination of surveys and interviews with planners and residents, trying to make a re-appropriation of audiovisual media language. Although based on an Italian case, this issue is present in many international contexts dominated by technological and neoliberal contemporary cultures.