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Art & Architecture Summit, London 2019

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New Ways of Seeing: Art & Architecture in a Changing World

The way that we look at art is changing. So are the spaces in which we encounter it. The circulation of images has been fundamentally affected by digital technologies and social media; our expectations of how art responds to, and agitates within, the world has been shaped by political upheavals, questions of social justice and the looming threat of environmental catastrophe; museums have become social spaces as much as galleries. As traditional definitions are expanded or pulled apart, what do we want from our cultural institutions? From the most innovative new museum spaces, to studios looking to traditional methods for sustainable design, to way the selfie is shaping exhibition making, leading figures from the worlds of art, architecture and technology come together for a day of interdisciplinary conversations about ‘good’ design – and why it matters.

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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Tom Emerson (6a Architects, London)
Sou Fujimoto (Architect)
Orit Gat (critic, New York)
Ralph Rugoff (director, Hayward Gallery; curator, Venice Biennale 2019)
Chasper Schmidlin (Voellmy Schmidlin Architektur, Zurich)
Amy Sherlock (deputy editor, frieze; curator, Frieze Academy Art & Architecture)
Francesca Torzo (Z33 Kunstencentrum, Hasselt, Belgium)
Manijeh Verghese (director public programmes AA; curator British pavilion Venice architecture biennale 2020)
Lukas Voellmy (Voellmy Schmidlin Architektur, Zurich)



PROGRAMME

9.15am: Registration

9.45am: Introduction

Amy Sherlock, Deputy Editor, frieze; Curator, Frieze Academy Art & Architecture

10.00am: Opening Conversation: Re-thinking Everything: How Multidisciplinarity Can Change the World

What can the fields of art, architecture, design and technology learn from one another? In the Bauhaus’s centenary year, a reflection on why the pioneering school’s multidisciplinary approach is more relevant than ever in response to the urgent political, environmental and social questions of the day.

10.40am: New Spaces

Architects present some of the most interesting and innovative recently completed international museum projects.

Chasper Schmidlin & Lukas Voellmy (Voellmy Schmidlin Architektur, Zurich) – Muzeum Susch, Switzerland
Francesca Torzo – Z33 Kunstencentrum, Hasselt, Belgium
Tom Emerson (6a Architects, London) – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

11.40am: Coffee Break

12.00pm: Panel Discussion: Insta-tutions? How Social Media Is Changing Exhibition Design

How are traditional arts institutions responding to the phenomenon of Instagram museums? How much does the selfie influence what artworks are installed and in which kinds of space? Does this democratize the art-viewing experience or do we risk making art more visible but less seen?

Moderator: Orit Gat (critic, New York)
Ralph Rugoff (curator, Venice Biennale 2019)

1.00pm: Lunch Break

2.00pm: Artist Session: What Else Can Art Be?

How can theeconomies, institutions and materials of art be harnessed as a force for urban regeneration and social change?

2.40pm: In Conversation: Make It New: Traditional Methods for Sustainable Design

How architects are looking to traditional methods and materials to create public spaces that are both environmentally sustainable and help build communities.

3.00pm: Coffee Break

3.20pm: Panel discussion in collaboration with RIBA

4.00pm: Closing Keynote: Learning from Nature: Sou Fujimoto

From his smallest project – an all-glass public toilet set within an enclosed garden in Ichihara City, Japan – to his open, scaffold-like design for the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, and the recently opened abre blanc, a mixed-use tower that seems to grow from the ground in Montpellier, France, Sou Fujimoto’s designs seek to incorporate nature into the built environment. In this lecture, he discusses what architects can learn from natural forms.

4.40pm: Closing Remarks

5.00pm –7.00pm: Drinks Reception


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