Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Domènec + Sert and Torres Clavé and Subirana

Conversation Piece: Casa Bloc


Wooden model and three Formica chairs. Wood table, glass, digital print.

A production of ADN, as part of the solo exhibition “Dom Kommuna. Domestic Architectural Manuals for Coexistence”. ADN Platform, Sant Cugat, Barcelona.

Dom Kommuna. Domestic Architectural Manuals for Coexistence.
Domènec has worked repeatedly on the architectural paradigms of Modernity. He offers a critical view on the symbolic constructions of Alvar Aalto, Mies van der Rohe or le Corbusier, with the aim of identifying architecture as the “political unconscious” of modernity. As Walter Benjamin grasped, the architects’ projects constituted the best embodiment of the powerless Modernity’s dream to accomplish emancipatory and welfare promises.

Social housing is the place where the contradictions between ideological programs and political realities are most reflected.

Domènec’s proposal for ADN platform gathers a collection of works that revolve around this topic. The central piece is a new production on Casa Bloc, a workers’ housing complex constructed between 1933 and 1939 in Sant Andreu, Barcelona. Two other related pieces complete the display: Domestic (2000), about Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, and Conversation Piece: Narkomfin (2013).

The proposal studies these three fundamental common housing projects, as well as their political contexts and their dystopian drifts.


Friday, 30 March 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Simon Boudvin + Mies van der Rohe

HEM (Seagram Building - NY), 2008,
profilé en H du poteau du Seagram Building de New York réalisé avec une matière composite,
moyenne des matériaux constituant l’immeuble, (béton, acier, bronze, plâtre, bois, travertin, verre),
vue de l’exposition Faire et défaire, c’est toujours travailler, commissariat de Matthieu Clainchard, Galerie West, Den Haag, 2008.

Vue de l'exposition Chantier, commissariat de Mathieu Mercier, à la galerie Jean Brolly, Paris, 2010.
au mur : Ananias LÉKI LAGO, « Shebeen », Alan CHARLTON, « 4 different grey ».


Isaac Julien + Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi’s Footsteps (Stones Against Diamonds), 2015
Endura Ultra photograph, diptych
180 × 480cm
Edition of 6 + 1 A/P

Bo Bardi’s Cave (Stones Against Diamonds), 2015
Duratrans in lightbox
123 × 303 × 5cm
Edition of 4 + 1 A/P

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Ala Younis + Le Corbusier

Ala Younis, Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad exhibition installation view, 2018. Photo Tim Bowditch. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and Art Jameel