LIVING Frontiers of Architecture III-IV
1 June - 23 October 2011
Inspiring, surprising and thought-provoking. Louisiana's large-scale summer exhibition 2011 was full of impressions and insights into the multiple ways we live in the world today.
In an extensive look through an anthropological lens, Living presented a crossover between architectural projects and art installations. Glimpses of a number of current ‘case stories’ from a wide variety of places in the world showed how social development all over the world is creating a diversity of ways of living, communicating and dwelling, and how the many tendencies are reflected in the home. Architects are challenged to present ideas for an architecture that relates to shared human ideas of the individual and the social network.
“To live is to leave traces” Walter Benjamin
The anthropological layer in the exhibition was expressed through proposals for how human relations across geographical and national boundaries create alternative collective interests – from the ‘single’ life to collectives, from the Roma to the nouveau riche.
The exhibition looked at a cross-section of a wide field where an extract, a compressed picture of the world right now, appears in a kaleidoscopic pattern. Film, video, photography, drawings, models and installations visualize this diversity, commented on in depth in interviews with artists and architects. Separate large installations form part of the themes of the exhibition, each of which was rounded off with a ‘case story’.
The exhibition catalogue Frontiers of Architecture III-IV – Living includes a preface by the director of the Louisiana Museum, Poul Erik Tøjner, and the curator of the exhibition, Kjeld Kjeldsen, as well as the articles “An exclamation mark that tells me I exist – an anthropological introduction to living” by Mark Vacher, “Cell Block, Egospheres, Self-containers” by Peter Sloterdijk, “Pollen Architecture and Pollen Cities” by Yann Moulier Boutang, as well as “Archipelagos and Pavilions” by Joseph Grima. It also features the poem “Living” by Morten Søndergaard and brief introductory texts to themes and presentations of works in the exhibition. Cover image by Patrick Roddie.
Price DKK 198 / members DKK 148