With this Smiljan Radić conference, the Triennale launches the second edition of the cycle Critical Distance, in coproduction with CCB. Bestiary is the motto.
“It seems every good illustration is the image of a momentary conviction. Whatever the technique used, the effect on the surrounding area is civilizing. To illustrate is to civilize, it is to construct the imaginary from a fully unattainable state. A good illustration is always the diffuse multiplication of the memory of an object. Bestiary shows some illustrations of architecture or exercises of ecphrasis.” Smiljan Radić
Smiljan Radić (Santiago de Chile, 1965)
Graduated from the Catholic University of Chile in 1989 and undertook further studies at the Istitutto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy. He travelled for three years and finally opened his own architecture firm in Chile in 1995.
He was selected as the best architect under 35 by the College of Architects of Chile in 2001; he was given the Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard award in 2008; named honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, USA, in 2009; and given the award for best career by Universidad Mayor de Chile in 2013.
Smiljan Radić has completed the majority of his buildings in Chile, with commissions ranging from small and fragile buildings, such as the Extension to Charcoal Burner’s House, The Wardrobe and the Mattress in Tokyo, Japan; The Bus Stop Commission in Kumbrach and the Serpentine Pavilion 2014 in London; domestic scale buildings such as Cooper House 2, Pite House, the House for the Right Angle, Restaurant Mestizo, to medium scale buildings such as the Civic Neighbourhoods in Concepción, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago, and the Winery VIK in Millahue.
The work of Smiljan Radić moves freely across boundaries, avoiding any specific categorisation within one field of architecture. He studies different materials, their sensory and social conditions, rebuilding stories that seem to have been associated with the materials, and always in close collaboration with the sculptor Marcela Correa.
Smiljan Radić has given many conferences and installed architecture exhibitions of his body of work, such as: Global Ends in Gallery Ma Tokyo, 2010; People Meet in Architecture with sculptor Marcela Correa at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, 2010; Un Ruido Naranjo in the Museum of Contemporary Art Hiroshima, 2012; The Wardrobe and the Mattress in Hermes Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, together with Marcela Correa; Bus Stop for Krumbach, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2013; Ilustraciones with Alejandro Luer at Galeria AFA, Santiago, 2013 and the Pavilion of the Serpentine Gallery, London, 2014.
His work has been published in several architecture journals and monographs, the most recent being El Croquis N° 167, Madrid, Spain. He currently lives and works in Chile.
Joaquim Moreno (Luanda, Angola, 1973)
He graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Porto, has a Masters from the Barcelona Technical School of Architecture and a PhD from Princeton University.
He is adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, in New York, at Minho University, in Guimarães and Autónoma University in Lisbon.
Moreno was one of the editors of the Portuguese journal InSi(s)tu and the curator, with the philosopher José Gil, of the Portuguese representation at the Venice Architecture Biennial of 2008.
Moreno is an active member of Jornal Arquitectos’ team and curated with Paula Pinto the exhibition Carlo Scarpa, Brion Tomb – Guido Guidi at Garagem Sul CCB.