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Venice Architecture Biennale: Sneak Peek

Thibault Brevet and Hyperwerk students dove into work on the Arsenale installation with a one-week workshop in Basel last month.

Thibault Brevet and Hyperwerk students dove into work on the Arsenale installation with a one-week workshop in Basel last month.

Superscript will be heading to Venice to begin final preparations for the Architecture Biennale soon, so we wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at all of the work that’s been done so far. Take a look at our earlier post about our three-part event Towards a New Avant-Garde, happening during the Biennale’s opening weekend, June 7-8.

A collaborative project with a global dimension, this ambitious installation has been designed by interaction designer Thibault Brevet and architecture studio DEVspace in collaboration with students from the Hyperwerk Institute, part of the Academy of Art and Design of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.

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Brevet and Hyperwerk students used the “Grand Central” open source vector printer as a starting point, redesigning it completely for the Venice event.

Throughout a one-week workshop in Basel in April 2014, Brevet and Hyperwerk students Kevin Renz, Gabriel Meisel, Gabriel Kiefer, Fabian Ritzi, Ivo Ludwig, David Safranek, and Matthias Maurer redesigned his award-winning open-source printer Grand-Central and all its components and mechanics specifically for the Biennale, creating an optimized, truly site-specific installation that will create a large impact in the space. Grouped together in modules of six, the printers will envelop the event area like a triptych, serving as the backdrop to each of the discussions as they print images, quotes, and references in real time.

Watch this space, as well as our Facebook wall and Twitter feed, for more updates as our amazing collaborators add their own layer of radical design to our discussions of the Italian avant-garde…

Brevet and Hyperwerk students used the “Grand Central” open source vector printer as a starting point, redesigning it completely for the Venice event.

CNC-cut components were manufactured in Berlin (photo by Fabian Ritzi, Hyperwerk student)

 

 

 

 

Superscript Headed to 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Fundamentals

We are excited to announce Superscript’s participation in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale! Directed by Rem Koolhaas with the theme of “Fundamentals,” this year’s Biennale also includes a roster of programming called “Weekend Specials.”  As part of this commissioned series, our three-part event Towards a New Avant-Garde will take place during the Biennale’s opening weekend, June 7-8.

Towards a New Avant-Garde will be under the umbrella of the “Monditalia” section of the Biennale housed in the Arsenale—an exhibition complemented by a series lectures, workshops, performances and discussions organized to consider a range of conditions in Italy, from architecture to politics to religion.

Using the state of Italian architectural practice as a jumping off point, our back-to-back moderated discussions will debate issues of collective action, internationalization, and economics in architecture now and in the future. Our goal is understand lessons we can still learn from the radical architectural impulses of the 1960s and consider how they are being applied by a new generation of architects in the context of today’s economic and political environment.

Working with Superscript to develop Towards a New Avant-Garde are London-based author and scholar Catharine Rossi and Milan-based researcher and writer Rossella Ferorelli. Specially invited guests and provocateurs (including young Italian architects who graduated from the country’s four major schools of architecture) as well as the audience will be invited to participate in these lively, content-generating events in the main Arsenale building. 

A live-edited installation and a website, created by architects DEVspace and interactive designer Thibault Brevet, will reflect the dynamics of the discourse and act as physical and virtual platforms to both document and amplify the conversations in conjunction with other media, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. After the talks are over, the products of these discussions will become an experimental publication, which will be produced on site during the following week.

The 2014 Biennale runs from June 7 through November 23. See you there, or sign up on our mailing list to learn how to participate in our event virtually!

Thurs, 5/9 @MAD: On Display #3: Location

In the future…
What functions will a museum building serve? How will museums engage with their location? What new cultural roles will museums claim? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of architecture, planning, and museology.

On Display
Case study #3: Location
Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

 

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums? Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. The in-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum, March 12-June 9, 2013.

 

Case study #3: Location

In 2008, MAD relocated from a Midtown side street to 2 Columbus Circle. Historically the point from which all distances are measured from New York, Columbus Circle acts as both a magnet and centripetal force in the city, a lively public space where people of all types and generations mix. MAD’s decision to relocate to an emblematic site in New York City raised the museum’s profile overnight, giving it a bold physical presence in the urban fabric and a clear stake in the surrounding public space. How does a museum’s location impact its role as a cultural aggregator and disseminator?

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay

 

Previously:

Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm
Case study #2: Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm

Thurs, 4/18 @MAD: On Display #2: Exhibition

In the future…
What themes will exhibitions address? How will exhibitions be designed? What spaces will exhibitions inhabit? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of design, publishing, museology, and anthropology.

On Display
Case study #2: Exhibition
Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums? Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. Thein-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum, March 12-June 9, 2013.

Case study #2: Exhibition
The Robot Exhibit: History, Fantasy, and Reality (1984) at MAD (then the American Craft Museum) was one of the first comprehensive surveys of the history of robots, cyborgs, automatons, and androids. A visionary exhibit that attracted a record number of visitors with its interactive displays, MAD presented robots as a multidisciplinary phenomenon, a confluence of craft and science. But beyond the myth of the robot, here were the roots of a revolution — automatization, new production methods, and even 3D printing and rapid prototyping — that would take the design world by storm in the following twenty years. How can exhibitions forecast future trends in design, from concepts to manufacturing, funding and consuming?

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay

Save the Date!
Case study #3: Location
Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm

Previously:
Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm

ADBC #5: Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise @MAD April 4

Superscript invites you to the fifth meeting of ADBC, the Architecture and Design Book Club, with our special guest Stephanie Murg.

On Thursday, April 4 join Superscript and art and design writer Stephanie Murg for a discussion of The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola (1883), a novel set amid the the rise of the modern department store in 19th century Paris.

Basing his fictional emporium on spectacular Parisian stores like Bon Marché, Zola describes experimentation with all types of marketing methods—advertising, fixed prices, and, most notably, the dazzling displays that lured customers in from the street, pulling them, floor after floor, through a sea of goods ranging from the exotic to the everyday. We’ll discuss design themes related to consumerism, the modern city, and the rise of the middle class.

The conversation will take place in the second floor galleries at MAD, amid the current exhibition After the Museum: The Home Front 2013, which includes a related installation by Superscript, On Display. The April 4 event is free and open to the public (on Thursdays evenings MAD admission is free/pay-what-you-wish).

Need a copy of the book? Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Oxford University Press, we have several copies of The Ladies’ Paradise (trans. Brian Nelson, 1995) available to give away to guests. Email us at hello@superscript.co to arrange pick up while supplies last!

Guest: Stephanie Murg is a writer whose interests lie at the nexus of art, design, fashion, and capital markets. She edits the design blog UnBeige, lectures widely on design history and visual culture, and has a background in research for JPMorganChase (London), Harvard Business School, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her writing appears regularly in publications such as Wallpaper*ARTnews, Art+AuctionThe Architect’s Newspaper, and Smithsonian.

Text: Émile Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise.

Venue: The Museum of Arts and Design, 2nd fl. galleries, 2 Columbus Circle

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time:
6:30pm Introduction
6:45-7:30pm Discussion, Q&A
7:30pm Drinks reception

Produced by editorial consultancy Superscript, ADBC is a free and public book club. We invite anyone to drop in and join our informal conversations in different venues around the city.
Follow us at @superscriptco
www.superscript.co

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Thursday, 3/21 @ MAD: On Display #1: Object

What can a stool, a room of robots, and Columbus Circle tell us about the future of museums?

On Display
Case study #1: Object
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm
MAD, 2 Columbus Circle

Superscript + HAO + Neil Donnelly host a series of three public conversations where historical milestones of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)—ranging from a design object, to a curated show, to the physical location of MAD itself—serve as starting points for a conversation about the future of museums. The in-gallery discussions, held on Thursday evenings when the museum is free to the public, will be supported by a live-edited, interactive installation on display in the Museum’s second-floor gallery space. Questions, opinions, and findings from this set of events encouraging audience participation will, in turn, evolve into a publication containing critical reflections on the role ahead for museums within an ever-evolving, increasingly digital-bound society. On Display at MAD is part of The Home Front 2013: After the Museum.

Case study #1: Object
For The Global Africa Project, a 2010 exhibition on African visual culture today, MAD included the Taboo stool by the industrial design firm Birsel + Seck. Made of 75 percent recycled plastic and manufactured by a female-owned company in designer Bibi Seck’s birthplace of Senegal, Taboo was a groundbreaking design object in multiple ways, as was MAD’s choice to present the modest object amid an array of visually dazzling pieces.

In the future, what will museums choose to display, how will people experience objects, and what will museums say about objects? Please join us for a conversation with special guests from the fields of design, museology, and anthropology.

Those attending each event can choose to be listed as contributors in the final On Display publication. The public will also be able to participate in conversations remotely via Twitter: @superscriptco #OnDisplay