Locations: Museu da Eletricidade, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, MUDE Museu do Design e da Moda - Colecção Francisco Capelo, amongst others.
The premise of the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale is not to give answers, but to position questions that through their sphere and context contain both a statement of intent and a call to action.
Close, Closeris an investigation into the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice. Over the course of three months, through diverse platforms of exhibitions, events, speeches, conversations, plays, stories, campaigns, competitions, dinners, debates, parliaments, publications, interfaces, atmospheres, experiments, inventions and civic actions, the Triennale is considering the condition in which architecture is practiced and the way it is framed, expressed and understood. Four central programmes Future Perfect, The Real and Other Fictions, The Institute Effect and New Publics, as well as a multitude of Associated Projects, present architecture not just as an object and idea to be mediated, but as the act of mediation itself.
It is a speculative urbanism, an exaggerated present, where we can explore the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research and envision the possible worlds we may want to build for ourselves. For the future is not something that washes over us like water, it is a place we must actively shape and define. Through fictions we share ideas and we chronicle our hopes and fears, our deepest anxieties and our wildest fantasies. Some of us will be swept up in what the city could be, others will be reserved and look on with caution. We have not walked these streets before, what things may come, in a Future Perfect.
The preoccupation underlying this exhibition has to do with the ambiguity and the paradoxes beneath the practice of hospitality, with the laws and norms that define and influence the ways in which architecture is used. The subjects and situations generated by the works presented destabilize the rules and compromises inherent to the occupation and use of space. They raise questions about the places in which we move everyday, the ways in which we relate to them and how they make us relate to the other. In the intimacy that they establish between place and occupant, each work practices a form of hospitality. Either to note the conflicts embedded in its exercise or to remind us of the urgency of its application, to prompt unexpected encounters, or to promote oppositions, convergences, battles or consensus.
The museums, project spaces, libraries, journals and magazines all around the world which frame the practice of contemporary architecture, commission and write its future history, are arguably as influential on today’s landscape as the credited authors, the architects.
The Institute Effect becomes a living, changing homage to the contemporary institution. Intended as a constantly changing stream of activity, 12 pioneering institutions engaged in innovative and groundbreaking practice have been invited to takeover the exhibition space, hosting a public programme of their choosing taking consecutive turns in bringing an ever-changing international residency programme to Lisbon.
Set in a fictitious establishment Institutare designed by the first institute, Fabrica, the exhibition space features everything each institute needs to host their event from a workshop area, archive, blog and library to tools and stationary with five institutional rules that each institution has been asked to follow.
Over the course of three months visitors can participate in activities as diverse as exploring new forms of pedagogy in an action workshop; visit a reimagined 1:1 construction of a Mexican architecture gallery; or experience Lisbon through a series of citywide interventions.
What happens if a real-life public stage, a civic stage, is suddenly unveiled in our cities? What would happen if we reframe the tamed reality of public space into a theatrical site of exchange were can collectively perform our aspirations? Would fiction become real life and vice versa?
New Publics invites all audiences to get together in this civic platform and perform the city they imagine. This experimental public program will present a series of Acts that will take place on the Civic Stage designed by Frida Escobedo from September 12 – November 10, 2013.