Works + Words 2019
Many intuitive decisions taken during the development of a project can be made visible when transformed into new objects once the process has finished. They are in turn, little projects which each evolve independently and can be explained through their own logic and qualities.
But there is always another stage in this process: a film that animates and puts these objects in action, trying to explore situations and movements in them that otherwise remain invisible. The objects, themselves worlds of illusions, are animated by the films, which begin to explain a new story inside them. At the same time, these films are new illusions, projected onto the objects which can hold them and frame them. Both the films and the objects explain fragmentarily some aspect of a project that now is forgotten. We are now trapped by these magical pieces, alive in themselves.
We travelled to Copenhagen with three of these fabrications on paper and on film, which develop different interests of the project to adapt an old workers’ cooperative into the new Sala Beckett Theatre and Drama Centre in Barcelona.
The first fabrication is about the work on the reuse of existing doors and windows found in the original building, and how they move to a different location to be useful for the new occupation. The second fabrication is a paper Pop-Up, which intends to register the magic and ephemeral character of theatre activity. And the third one is a Paper Theatre, an interpretation by British artist Soraya Smithson of “the multifaceted quality of Sala Beckett in its layering of history, location, use and potential.”
The exhibition reflects on the connection between the physicality of these inanimate objects and the films that put them in action, bringing the observer close to faraway realities that the project creates. The illusionism of film allows us to create fluidity and rapidity of engagement that standard architectural representation often resists. We are trying here to bring both of these media together, with an interest in testing the threshold of the actual to the liberties of the possible.
|Dates:||28 November 2019 – 19 January 2020|
|Situation:||The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), Copenhagen|
|Works+Words 2019 Curators:||Anders Abraham, Peter Bertram, Christina Capetillo|
|Works+Words 2019 Participants:||Peter Märkli, Francesca Torzo, Günther Vogt, Sarah Wigglesworth, John Mclaughlin Architects, Christoffer Harlang, Masashi Kajita, Penelope Haralambidou, Flores & Prats, Lisbeth Funck, Kristine Jensen & Guro Sollid, Thomas Pearce, Jon Kr Ähling Engholt, Sarah Rivière, Jacob Sebastian Bang & Anne Romme, Aisling O´Carrol, Chris Thurlbourne, Wiltrud Simbürger, Nicolai Bo Andersen, Riet Eckhout, Ralph Pasel, Rolf Gerstlauer, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen & Martin Tamke, Niels Martin Larsen & Anders Kruuse Aagaard, Jo Van Den Berghe, Marta Guardado & Matthias Ballestrem, Nicolai De Gier, Karianne Halse, Victor Boye Julebæk, Isabela Wieczorek|
|Design and Installation:||Flores & Prats / Eva Prats, Jorge Casajús, Ana Rafaela Echeverría, Ricardo Flores|
|Photographs:||Peter Bertram, Søren Svendsen and Flores & Prats|
|Additional support from:||Institut Ramon Llull|