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1,000 m2 of desire. Architecture and sexuality

1,000 m2 of desire. Architecture and sexuality
October 26, 2016–March 19, 2017

Opening: October 25, 7:30pm

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Montalegre, 5
08001 Barcelona
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–8pm

Curated by: Adélaïde de Caters and Rosa Ferré

Research Committee: Beatriz Colomina, Esther Fernández, Marie-Françoise Quignard

Boudoirs for men? A phalanstery community governed by passions? A multimedia sexual entertainment centre? An army of sex volunteers? Sex-spa thermal museums? Eco-contemporary follies?

Architecture as the organization of a space and setting makes up a substantial part of our sexual fantasies. Looking at the way western society has planned, built and imagined places for sex from the 18th century to the present day, the research has been motivated by an exploration of the million nuances comprised under the promise of “pleasure.” It examines the power wielded by spaces as the driving forces of desire and shows how architecture has contributed to controlling behaviour and creating gender stereotypes in our patriarchal society.

1,000 m2 of desire presents some of the projects that have subverted traditional models and advocated utopias of sexual coexistence or private realms, “libertine” spaces of refuge, conceived entirely as settings for pleasure. It highlights the way certain periods of resistance to established norms have largely originated from informal architecture and the appropriation of places. It shows how architectural practice has been dominated by men until very recently and, as a result, spaces designed for pleasure have been imagined from male desires and fantasies.

Many of the spaces presented have only been imagined and built through language or the projected image. Drawings and architectural models, artworks, installations, films and other materials establish relationships that invite us to consider how sexualities are constructed in accordance with specific cultural codes subject to norms that govern bodies and discourses, and the nature of the space of desire and pleasure in our society. The exhibition considers our role as voyeurs when reading or looking at pornographic material and the way fictional spaces have typified and become part of our collective imagination.

When today’s sexual freedom is starting to be seen by many as sexual liberalisation, the question about how much time is set aside for sexual pleasure when our daily lives are monitored between the time for production and the time for consumption acquires a new dimension.

Under the banner of looking sexy (from the selfie to Instagram), the internet makes the laborious construction of the image of our private lives compulsory. In the 21st century, desire is now the desire of others and, in an increasingly obsessive manner, is inverted in the desire for recognition and competition over representation. Is the hypersexualisation of society, as it is represented by the media, substituting or sublimating actual sexual life?

Society seems to have plunged into a narcissistic depression in which the internet functions as a masturbatory machine. In the western context, in which permissiveness is no longer transgression but the norm, what role does architecture play in gratuitous bodily encounters, in reviving transgressive eroticism and re-eroticising social relationships?

Research publication: Adélaïde de CatersBeatriz ColominaPol EsteveEsther FernándezFulvio FerrariRosa FerréMarie-Françoise QuignardIngo NiermannRem Koolhaas.

Participants: Bentham, Piranesi, Ledoux, Lequeu, Fourier, Sade, Restif de la Bretonne, Pierre Adrien Pâris, Vivant Denon, Bastide, Blondel, Adolf Loos, Schindler, Carlo Mollino, Ant Farm, John Lautner, Chrysalis, Wilhelm Reich, André Masson, Paul DelvauxGuy Debord, Nicolas Schöffer, Verner Panton, Madelon Vriesendorp, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura, Ettore SottsassArchigram, Haus-Rucker Co, Superstudio, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Rem Koolhaas, Douglas Darden, Bernard Tschumi, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Larry Sultan, Alessandro Guerriero, Jean-Didier Bergilez, ecoLogicStudio, Danli Wang, Pol Esteve, Marc Navarro, Ursula Biemann, Fito Conesa, Army of Love, Ingo Niermann, Alexa Karolinski, Ania Soliman, Yann Minh, Joan Morey, Johannes Wohnseifer, William Kentridge and others

In parallel to this exhibition, the CCCB will also present the lecture The Perversions of Modern Architecture: Everything you wanted to know about it but were afraid to ask by the architect and architecture historian Beatriz ColominaWednesday, October 26, 2016 at 6:30pm.

Press images & videos are available here.


ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years

ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years
October 22–November 20, 2016

Book launch: October 20, 2:30–4pm, Are we Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
Galata Greek Primary School

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No: 5
Nejat Eczacıbaşı Binası
34433 Şişhane İstanbul

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The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial announces the publication of Are we Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley. This polemical book is a set of detailed field notes by the co-curators of the biennial that opens next week. It explores the ideas that initiated the project, guided it, grew during it and go far beyond it. These reflections reboot the conversation on design in the face of a planet and a species in unprecedented crisis.

The question “are we human?” is both urgent and ancient. Colomina and Wigley offer a multilayered exploration of the intimate relationship between human and design. Their field notes offer an archaeology of the way design has gone viral and is now bigger than the world. They range across the last few hundred thousand years and the last few seconds to scrutinize the uniquely plastic relation between brain and artifact. A vivid portrait emerges. Design becomes the way humans ask questions and thereby continuously redesign themselves.

Are we Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design is published by Lars Müller Publishers (Zurich) in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), and will be launched at the biennial and available soon in stores.

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (preview October 20–21) is entitled:
ARE WE HUMAN? : The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years

The curators initiated the biennial project by launching a manifesto in the Istanbul Archeological Museums on December 1, 2015 and inviting responses by over 70 artists, designers, architects, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, labs, collaborations, centers and NGOs.

Participating artists include Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Hito Steyerl, Martha Rosler, Tomás Saraceno, Madelon Vriesendrop, Armin Linke, Ali Kazma, Lucy McRae, Pierre HuygheLu Yang, and Antoni Muntadas along with choreographer William Forsythe and film maker Jørgen Leth. Architects and designers include Diller/Scofidio, Rana Salam, Juan Herreros, MOS, Lesley Lloko, François Dallegret, New-Territories, and Territorial Agency. Theorists and historians include Eyal Weizman, Keller Easterling, Anselm Franke, Thomas Keenan, Zeynep Çelik Alexander, and Sohrab Mohebbi. Neuroscientists include Sebastian Seung and his lab at Princeton University and a team from the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University.

An Open Call for two-minute videos produced 146 videos from more than 37 countries. The Superhumanity collaboration of the curators with Anton Vidokle and Nikolaus Hirsch of e-flux commissioned more than 50 writers to discuss “self-design” in a series of online dispatches. The biennial also initiated Turkey Design Chronology by Curious Assembly, 50 experts doing a major research into all dimensions of design in Turkey over the last 200 years.

Full list of core participants:
Bager Akbay; Atif Akin; Zeynep Çelik Alexander; Venessa Heddle, Elliott Sturtevant; Lucia Allais; Pedro Alonso; Hugo Palmarola; Stefano Boeri; Atelier Bow-WowGalina Balashova, Philipp Meuser; Marco Brizzi & Davide Rapp; Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Center for Spatial Research, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia UniversityCenter for Land Use InterpretationRevital Cohen, Tuur Van Balen; Common Accounts; François Dallegret; Tacita Dean; Thomas DemandDiller Scofidio; Stéphane Degoutin, Gwenola Wagon; Daniel Eisenberg; Keller Easterling; estudioHerreros; Fake Industries Architectural Agonism; Forensic Architecture, FIBAR: Baltasar Garzón, m7red, Irendra Radjawali; William Forsythe; Anselm Franke; Globaïa; Stuart Grey; Mathew Hale; Nieuwe Instituut; Joyce Hsiang, Bimal Mendis; Natalie Jeremijenko; Lydia Kallipoliti, Andreas Theodoridis; Ali Kazma; Thomas Keenan, Sohrab Mohebbi, with Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani; Axel Kilian; Laura Kurgan; Jørgen Leth; Jose Lirá; The Living / Sculpting Evolution Group; Lesley Lokko; Marshmallow Laser Feast, Analog, FBFX, Duologue; m-a-u-s-e-r; McEwen Studio; Lucy McRae; Enric Miralles, Benedetta Tagliabue; Domi Mora; MOS; Antoni Muntadas; NEMESTUDIO; New Territories / M4 with Pierre Huyghe; Spyros Papapetros; Jussi Parikka, Ayhan Ayteş; PATTU; Martha Rosler; Rana Salam; Alfredo Thiermann, Ariel Bustamante; Tomás Saraceno; Sebastian Seung, Amie Sterling; SO?; Hito Steyerl; Studio Works; Paulo Tavares, Armin Linke; Orkan Telhan; Territorial Agency; Universal Space Program; Madelon Vriesendrop, Mark Wasiuta, Florencia Alvarez, Adam Bandler; Lu Yang; Annett Zinsmeister