Potential Architecture

11 March – 19 April 2015


Potential Architecture fuses contemporary art with architecture in four site-specific commissions for Ambika P3 by international artists Alexander Brodsky,Joar Nango and Apolonija Šušterš, and the architect Sean Griffiths.  Utilising recycling, craft, and low-tech processes as well as performance, video, sculpture and installation, Potential Architecture draws on the interconnected histories and cultures of renowned practitioners from Russia, Slovenia, Norway and the UK working at the increasingly diverging interface of art and architecture. The built environment is increasingly viewed as rich territory for artists, in exploring identity, global and local politics, and ’the poetics of space’.

Potential Architecture is a collaboration between Ambika P3, the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Faculty of Media, Arts and Design and guest curator David Thorp. 


Visitor information:
Ambika P3, University of Westminster,
35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Baker Street Station
Daily except Mondays
Tue – Fri, 11am – 7pm
Sat – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
Admission: Free
Information: 020 7911 5876

Please note that the exhibition is closed on Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday. We are open as normal on Easter Saturday and  Easter Sunday.

 

An iteration of Potential Architecture will take place at Tromsø Kunstforening during 2016.
Tromsø Kunstforening is one of the premiere arenas for contemporary art in the circumpolar north.

This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, Hobs Reprographics, The Norwegian Embassy, Overbury and Ambika P3, The University of Westminster.

 

Participating Artists

Alexander Brodsky is one of Russia’s best known architects and a sculptor,  who was a key member of the paper architects’ movement during the 1970’s Soviet era.  He is renowned for projects melding art and architecture using recycled materials such as plastic bags, oil, glass and ice to create new structures and aesthetics. Famous for refusing participation in the state sanctioned production of low-quality, standardised buildings, his practice challenges ideas of of permanence, sustainability and civic pride. His best known works include Vodka Ceremony Pavilion (2004), Settlement at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale, and Cistern (2010). 

Sean Griffiths is an artist and architect, acclaimed for his controversial visions of architecture influenced by fine art. In 1990 he co-founded FAT, the influential UK architecture practice renowned for its critical approach to art and architecture. His work challenges notions of representation, monumentality and authenticity and is exemplified by FAT projects such as the Blue House in London (2002) and the BBC TV studios in Cardiff (2012) and by his recent work as a solo artist, My Dreams of Levitation (2015), exhibited at RoomArtSpace in London.

Joar Nango is an artist and architect who creates structures relating to indigenous identity and community interaction, influenced by his Sami heritage.  His work investigates the boundaries between architecture, design and visual art and has shown at the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial (2013) and the National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design, Oslo (2013).

Apolonija Šušterš has for twenty years explored the social aspects of living environments as manifested in art and architectural contexts through dialogue with artists, architects, critics and curators, and by encouraging communities to develop their own alternative visions for urban living.  She took part in Artes Mundi 5 (2012) and Berlin Biennale (2001).

Sunday Afternoon Talks:


Focus on Alexander Brodsky
Sunday 29 March, 3pm. Free, no booking necessary.
Talk by Robert Mull who has known Brodsky since the days of Paper Architects and regularly meets him in Moscow. Robert Mull is Professor of Architecture and Spatial Design at The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.  He was a co-founder of NATO (Narrative Architecture Today).  
 
Sandie Macrae in conversation with Sean Griffiths

Sunday 12 April, 3pm. Free, no booking necessary.
Sandie Macrae is Director of ROOM Artspace where an installation by Sean Griffiths has recently been on show.

Evening Events
Creative Practitioners: A look at the Medium of their Practice
Monday 30 March, 6:30pm. Free, no booking necessary.
Talk and discussion with Potential Architecture Guest Curator, David Thorp; Ambika P3 Curator, Michael Maziere; Ambika P3 Director, Katharine Heron and Visiting Professor Leon van Schaik.  

Wayward Geometry
Monday 13 April, 7:30pm. Free, to book please email p3.exhibitions@westminster.ac.uk
Curated by Dissolve Specific Objects, a London-based event series promoting improvised electronics and computer music. Set within the exhibition itself, this event will feature a programme of electronic music and sound art exploring the intersection between architecture, space and sound. Includes a site-specific performance of The Geometry of Sentiment by saxophonist John Butcher.

Artists Close to Architecture - Architecture Close to Art
Tuesday 14 April, 6:30pm. Free, no booking necessary.
Potential ArchitectureArtes Mundi 6, 2015 and last year’s Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy all included artists and architects whose work exists in the mid-ground between art and architecture. The curators of these three exhibitions; David Thorp (Guest Curator, Potential Architecture), Karen Mackinnon (Artes Mundi) and Kate Goodwin (Royal Academy), discuss their approaches, the issues explored in the exhibitions, and the artists and architects involved.

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