Biarch _Barcelona Institute of Architecture _28nov09


>>> 3rd panel _4pm >>> INSTITUTIONS [ARCHITECTURE]

>>> La Pedrera, BCN

>>> Joseph Grima (Storefront, NY) Francisco Gonzalez de Canales (AA, London)

>>> Inês Moreira (moderator)

This dialogue addressed “institutions of architecture” and focused particularly on the cultural dynamics and the research produced and made public within hybrid, middle scale and very lively organizations. Our send-off was the belief that cultural architectural organizations can be active entities, attracting researchers, new students and a broader public, through the quality and the precise focus of its ideas and knowledge production.  Instead of the crystallization of institution making in sharp questions such as “what are institutions instituting, or, what are institutions institutionalizing?”, we addressed the expanded field of cultural organizing, from wider notions of architecture culture, constituency, urgency in research, to the roles of researchers/curators, so to understand the potentiality to embody what seems to be a practiced notion of institution: organizations producing, researching, hosting and inhabiting space.


The two organizations discussed – the Storefront for Art and Architecture [NY] and the Architectural Association [London] – develop experimental cultural programs of exhibitions, debates, events and publications. Both are experimenting with curatorial and editorial formats: the Storefront is a small space in NY organizing events, exhibitions (and eventually itinerating and expanding its space),  supporting both Art and Architecture fields, its intersections and a broader understanding of the cultural dimension of spatial practice; and Architectural Association, is a leading educational organization, promoting a very accurate and cutting edge design and scholar research, complemented by the program of its gallery, publications and outside spaces. Their programs expand the notion of “architecture culture”, from design-based studio-practices to a culturally more complex and entangled notion of spatial production. Politics, geography, economics, social sciences, as well as design, performance, and also the exercises of writing, exhibiting and divulging, are all participating in the idea of architecture they stage: as multidisciplinary, polyphonic events.

As cultural organizations they are agile, flexible and inventive and – besides the political/economical budget and audience pressures that the larger scale cultural organizations suffer so to sustain its institutional programs, to manage spaces and find its resources [cultural centers, museums, etc] – their smaller scale and organizational structure dribbles the problems of big scale by sticking to high quality programs, whether enabled by the elasticity of a non-profit organization (Storefront), or from extending the  renowned experimental graduate school (AA). The organizations are constituted as a set of relations, depending on a community of experts, complicity in researchers and a specialized cultural public, and their organizational strategy nourishes the notion of institution, revolves around questions of the fabrication of itself as a space; of pushing lines of research, and the pursuit to be inhabited by diverse intervenients and interlocutors.

Our panel focused on the textures/fabric of the two institutions, and the personal experience of our guests, and converging around three points: How are the organizations constituted, and what constitutes it? What propels them to particular subject matters of research and how do they practice it? Who is inhabiting and driving its dynamics?

We had the company of two generous guests, who engaged on a thick discussion:

Joseph Grima, educated as an architect, is a curator, writer and editor. He has collaborated with diverse platforms, from Domus Magazine to Multiplicity collective, before becoming director of Storefront in NY. Grima has graduated at the Architectural Association – from where our next guest comes from – and is undertaking his PhD at Goldsmiths College, a Research Department we both have in common.

Francisco Gonzalez de Canales, is an architect, active researcher and design practitioner, educated in Seville, Barcelona and Harvard, and holds a PhD on Architectural History and Theory. After being involved with the Collegio de Arquitectos de Sevilla as editor, he is teaching at the AA, where is coordinator of “Curatorial practices / Cultural products (AACP)”. Besides he is running his office Canales + Lombardero.

The program of the event can be found [here]; images can be found [here], and soon the videos with the contents are to be made public, too.


Biarch _28nov09 program

Guests: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Felipe de Ferrari, Pedro Gadanho, Francisco González de Canales, Joseph Grima, Paul Petrunia, Joana Sá Lima, Enrique Walker.

Moderators: Pep AvilésMario BallesterosAlicia Guerrero YesteInês Moreira

Directed by Jorge García de la Cámara

BIArch Dialogues Program (pdf)

With the BIArch Dialogues “Reviewing Architectural Knowledge Formats”, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture will concentrate on the generation and dissemination of architectural knowledge through multiple channels, opening a field of inquiry that complements the Institute’s fundamental theoretical, technical and academic concerns. These dialogues, along with the many other activities offered by the Institute during the course of 2009, are set up according to the will of bringing forth the interests and contents of a new postprofessional institution at the close of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The general objective of the dialogues is to extend the notion of architectural knowledge beyond curriculum. Expanding architecture culture is a particularly timely and challenging endeavor given the current state of the profession. Understanding the possibilities for architectural learning in alternative practices and fostering exchanges between modes of production and instruments of dissemination should offer a richer and potentially more stable professional outlook. Thus, alternative knowledge formats become key complements to the core academic activities of a postprofessional degree program.

By bringing together a series of young practitioners from a breadth of fields related to architectural knowledge, the dialogues will draw an outline for reflection and action in various areas of experience. What are the limits and possibilities of generating criticism or promoting reflection on architecture through print and digital media? What are the most appropriate formats for different types of information or audiences? How can academic and cultural institutions support each other and expand their respective scopes? What are the roles and responsibilities of architecture editors, critics or curators within the frame of knowledge and learning? How might the proper balance between different topics informing the discipline be achieved through the structuring of curricula? Through the shared reflection of scholars, critics, independent publishers, digital media entrepreneurs, curators, and cultural activists, the dialogues hope to establish a framework that might provide some of the answers to a context in which knowledge is permanently evolving.

[text via epulare]

performative presentation _phd research

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Performing Building Sites_ 15 minutes Performance conceived by Ines Moreira, as “the curator”, and performed by António Lago, as “the buider”, at Museum Studies Research Seminar, in the 12th October 2009, 2pm. Written as a comunication for the panel debate on “Museums and Curating”. [Moderator: Lúcia Matos Participants: Laura Castro, Ana Luísa Barão, Inês Moreira with António Lago, Pedro Carvalho De Almeida] [12-14 October 2009, Fundação Cupertino Miranda, Porto]

Estaleiros Performativos_ Performance de 15 minutos concebida por Inês Moreira, enquanto “a curadora”, e realizada por António Lago, enquanto “o construtor”, para o Seminário de Investigação em Museologia dos Países de Língua Portuguesa e Espanhola, no dia 12 de Outubro 2009, às 14h. Escrito como participação na Mesa de Debate sobre Museus e Curadoria. [Moderador: Lúcia Matos Participantes: Laura Castro, Ana Luísa Barão, Inês Moreira com António lago, Pedro Carvalho De Almeida] [12-14 Outubro 2009, Fundação Cupertino Miranda, Porto]

fotos: Patrícia Azevedo

ex-architects _poland _wroclow


What are the Ex – Architects?

The ExArchitects projects is a rare undertaking. It differs in everything from the conventional lectures or recurrent events. Its meetings aren’t focused on the achievments and realisations of given group of designers and architects. Invited guests don’t advertise their own successes, but tell about chosen subjects, about threads in the architecture, which are their own specialty. ExArchitects are not even fully lectures. The speakers are exceptional people, some of them are known better, some less – but all of them, through their constructive vision, hold a lot of influences on the modern shape of the architecture.

Now it’s time to explain some semantical questions. The „ex” preffix is universally recognised as equivalent of terms such as „former” or „beyond”. Usually is connected with mentioning former lovers and spouses. However the project involves questions from the field of architecture. In this case exarchitects are persons functioning bye the way of the main current of architecture, often don’t accepted there. Ex is linked as well with the experiments, and the project is focused on the experimental architecture. Ex can be understood also as the fact that not everyone from the invited speakers is an architect. Amongs them you can find a writer compelled by architecture, or art historian without formal architectural background.

Each lecture will be preceded by the introduction to main subject, which has  a goal to familiarise the audience with profile of a given speaker. Within ex- architects we foresee also special lectures (called special ex), which will cover current events. Coming soon: Henry Urbach, Aneta Szyłak, Dorota Monkiewicz, Felix Vogel, Ines Moreira, Juergen Mayer H. and many more!
more info: – soon!

project curator: Marcin Szczelina

RENOMA departments store, Wrocław, Poland!

performative gathering : intime et collectif





10th October 2009 _bordeaux

Three guest curators – Cláudia Martinho, Inês Moreira and Marcin Szczelina – offered three very different opening readings of what Intime Collectif stands for. Cláudia Martinho addresses the political and social dimension of Collective Intimacy questionning collective experiences and the sharing of intimate perceptions as a means to (re)appropriation of public space. Inês Moreira questions whether Intime Collectif can be clearly defined, positing it as an ephemeral condition and non-predictive relational moment, occurring beyond declared “intimate collectives”. As for Marcin Szczelina, his approach suggests notions of individual immersion in space and corporeal perception of collective intimacy as a way of understanding architecture of influences, without precise borders.

They invited a significant group of artists: Dennis Adams, Lara Almarcegui, Democracia, Johannes Gees, MAP Office, muf architecture/art, Laurent Tixador; and a group of architects, sociologists, theorists, critics and curators, Maurizio Bortolotti, Peter Cook, Joseph Grima, Sam Jacob / FAT, Doreen Mende, Paolo Plotegher, Anne Querrien, Mårten Spångberg / International Festival, Juri Steiner, Pelin Tan, Felix Vogel, Henry Urbach who expanded further the discussion.

collective intimacy _bordeaux

paulo mendes s luis 09

Intimate and  Collective: public debate
curated by: Cláudia Martinho, Inês Moreira, Marcin Szczelina
2pm – 6pm, October 10, 2009 Chapiteaux, Bordeaux
Evento 2009 is a public event happening through the urban spaces of the city of Bordeaux presenting artistic, architectural and performative installations articulated by the notion of Intime Collectif, the hub concept proposed by its curator, Didier Faustino. Exploring different dimensions of intimacy and collectiveness in public space, every programmed and commissioned art piece, architectural space, ephemeral event and sound experience is addressing situations where Intime Collectif exists. But how, and where, is Intime Collectif  having expression? Is Intime Collectif
a condition of the everyday? Contributing a bit further to the disentanglement and recomposition of the relationships inscribed in the expression of Intime Collectif, a one-day event will take place on October 10, 2009. Named “Intimate and Collective: public debate” it is envisioned as a dialogic afternoon that seeks publicly to expand and unfold the core concept of evento 2009, provoking multi-perceptions of the notions implicated in Intime Collectif.

Cláudia Martinho addresses the political and social dimension of Collective Intimacy questioning collective experiences and the sharing of intimate perceptions as a means of [re]appropriation of public space.

Lara Almarcegui _artist muf architecture/art _artist Pelin Tan _ guest

interpolators : Anne Querrien, Maurizio Bortolotti, Juri Steiner


Inês Moreira questions whether Collective Intimacy can be clearly stated, proposing it as an ephemeral condition and non-predictive relational moment, occurring beyond declared “intimate collectives”.

Doreen Mende _ guest Democracia _artist MAP Office _artist Marten Spanberg / International Festival_ guest Paolo Plotegher _ guest

interpolators:  Dennis Adams, Maurizio Bortolotti


Marcin Szczelina, suggests notions of individual immersion in space and corporeal perception of collective intimacy as a way of understanding an architecture of influences, without precise borders.

Laurent Tixador_artist Johannes Gess _artist Peter Cook _guest Sam Jacob / FAT _ guest

interpolators: Henry Urbach, Felix Vogel, Joseph Grima
The research on Intime Collectif contributes to activate a vocabulary and a weblog with contributions from artists’ production process and other invited guests such as Mirosław Bałka, Deadline Architect, Krzysztof Nawratek and Kobberling und Kaltwasser.
The public debate will take place at the meeting point of evento on October 10, in a big tent in the center of Bordeaux by the river Garonne, where three screens, an informal audience, a DJ and a local radio station will be provoked to performatively expand on the notion of Intime Collectif.

more info: WWW.EVENTO2009.ORG

photo by paulo mendes

Future Map _workshop and exhibition fbaup



30th September 09 _6pm (wednesday) to 13th October 09

FUTURE MAP _Exhibition of post-graduate students projects

Master in Art and Design for the Public Space _FBAUP, Porto exhibition developed as a workshop with Inês Moreira

artists: Brunna Anchieta, Eduardo Vieira de Almeida, Joana Nascimento, Luís Sezões, Maria Guiomar Côrte-Real, Michelle F. Domingos, Patrícia Monteiro, Patrícia Azevedo Santos, Rosana Alexandre, Rui Manuel Vieira, Sofia Santos e Vânia Cunha

2nd October 09, Sexta  10pm (friday)

Archaeology of the Urban _Book launch _Passos Manuel _Porto Authors: Álvaro Domingues, Inês Moreira, Gonçalo Leite Velho, Pedro Bandeira, Paulo Luís Almeida, Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro, Mário Moura, Jorge Marques, António Olaio, R2, among other. [portuguese and english] Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto, 2009

evento 2009 _program

image: Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Julia Wolfe
and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud

_The artistic and urban rendez-vous of Bordeaux
First edition: Collective Intimacy
Curated by Didier Fiúza Faustino

EVENTO 2009 _Download program

evento 2009 will take place throughout the urban public space of the city of Bordeaux. This first edition will present artistic, theoretical and performative interventions by over 50 participants, articulated by the notion of Collective Intimacy, the concept proposed by Didier Fiúza Faustino.

public art _evento 2009

Evento 2009 is under construction in Bordeaux. The foot bridge  by Tadashi Kawamata linking the “foire aux plaisirs” and Evento 2009 (by the river waterfront) is almost ready. A big circus tent is there too… though our´s will be yellow and white. Evento 2009 is coming very soon, but you can find most of the production work in our active weblog. 

Click our website.

evento 2009 _by paolo plotegher

Self-dispersing and dramatization (Mujeres Creando)

“A bride wanders in the streets of La Paz dragging her wedding gown, pushing a wedding cake on a wheeled tray. A bride as a mujer creando, a woman constructing, creating (creando) a situation, dressed as a bride, wearing a theatrical costume, borrowing her identity for the length of a walk. She talks with other women on the streets, in the market, on the pavements. “I hate men”… “I hate men”… “I hate men”… is what every woman says, I hate men because they are lazy, I hate men because they exploit women, I hate men because they are in power and they exploit us, I hate men because they have beaten me…”

Paolo Plotegher