The Art Institute of Chicago Presents CHATTER: ARCHITECTURE TALKS BACK, Now thru 7/12
The Art Institute of Chicago announces a groundbreaking exhibition featuring five ultra-current practitioners alongside works from its vast collection of architecture and design in Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, on view in the Architecture and Design galleries in the museum's Modern Wing from today, April 11, 2015, through July 12, 2015.
The exhibition focuses on the creative process of architectural firms Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio and highlights how they conceive new designs and ideas that reflect upon and expand the legacy of their field.
Neville Bryan Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design Karen Kice conceived the exhibition to explore the perpetual conversation between present and past in architecture: "Technology has profoundly influenced society and the discipline of architecture, yet even as contemporary architects experiment with new methods and media, their work is not divorced from history; they reference, reimagine, and build from the history of the field."
Chatter: Architecture Talks Back argues that the architectural past is recombined and re-conveyed with modern punctuation. Chatter is the way in which contemporary conversations are created. Chatter can be critical; it can rely on and question the history of architecture. Technology impacts the way architects communicate their ideas, and in these conversations, social media, like Instagram and Twitter, serve not only as outlets for communication but provide a framework for how architects' work is produced and presented.
This exhibition looks to inspire audiences to understand how new ideas in architecture develop, what context stimulates the open-ended dialogue, and how contemporary society has influenced communication. Using a range of representational methods and formats, from drawings done by hand to those enabled by robots, from graphic novels to digital simulations, the works on view embrace both age-old and cutting-edge technologies and invite the audience to engage with the architectonic timeline. The architects featured in this exhibition exemplify how chatter can be linked to current practices in architecture.
Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular is both consumer and producer as he references architectural history to develop a "mash-up" of ideas that open up and re-theorize architecture. Erin Besler questions the immediate acceptance of new technologies and seeks to investigate the gaps that exist in her discipline, probing issues of drawing and translation in architecture. Experimentation and speculation underpin John Szot's practice through his production of digital videos that simulate possibilities for architecture to draw on overlooked social contexts. The process and mission of Formlessfinder challenges how architecture is conceived, experienced, and understood, yet also depends on the same fetishizing of form undertaken by previous generations of architects.