M+ International x Power Station of Art: Archigram Cities
Date: 21 November 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 4:00pm–8:30pm (Shanghai)
Venue: Power Station of Art, 200 Hua Yuan Gang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
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Screening of Archigram Films
Archigram 1967, 1967 © BBC, copyright content reproduced courtesy of the British Broadcasting Corporation
Archigram 1967 (1967)
Commissioned by the BBC for a late-night arts programme, Archigram 1967 was the first national broadcast of Archigam’s work, following on their increasingly influential magazine. In the programme synopsis, the BBC describes Archigram as ‘a group of young British architects who believe that architecture in the space age means expandable buildings that can change when and as needed’. Transmitted on 19 January 1967 and directed by Tattooist International, the film shows Archigram’s view of the world, including some ideas which, they suggest, may help ‘make sense of our towns and cities’.
Archigram Opera, 1972 © Archigram
Archigram Opera (1972)
Archigram Opera is a multimedia projection of Archigram’s work across ten years of their activity and nine issues of their magazine. The group developed the projection in 1972, with Archigram member Dennis Crompton as lead producer. The Opera is a narrated projection of 644 slides—accompanied by the music of 1960s rock bands like Vanilla Fudge, the Grateful Dead, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer—that distils the group’s thinking, work, influences, and intentions, identifying with what the architects describe as ‘Mobility, Robots, Dreams Come True’.
Discussion with Archigram
Peter Cook is an architect, writer, and member of Archigram. He graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1960. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and has taught at the Royal Academy; the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London; and the Städelschule. He was Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London between 1970 and 1973 and Chair of Architecture at the Bartlett between 1990 and 2006. He continues to practice architecture, with Gavin Robotham, as CRAB. In 2007, Cook was knighted for his services to architecture.
Dennis Crompton is an architect, lecturer, and member of Archigram. He led the development of the technical aspects of Archigram’s activities. He has maintained the records of the group’s work from its earliest days, eventually establishing the Archigram Archive. In collaboration with Ron Herron, he designed the exhibition Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961–74 at the Kunsthalle Wien in 1994. He has been connected to the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture since 1965, and taught there for over thirty years. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was responsible for the production of publications and exhibitions at the AA. He lectures frequently at schools of architecture in Europe and the United States.
David Greene is an architect, writer, lecturer, and member of Archigram. After completing his studies at the Nottingham College of Art (now the School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University), he practised architecture, collaborated with London-based clothing designer Paul Smith, and taught at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture and at Westminster University, where he was a professor from 1997 until 2007. In 2002, he and Peter Cook jointly received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for excellence in architectural education. Throughout his career, he has developed work in an extended research project on ephemeral architecture, entitled L.A.W.U.N. (Locally Available World Unseen Networks), which he continues to lead at the AA. The book L.A.W.U.N. Projects #19 (Architectural Association, 2012) catalogues his ideas from 1959 through 2008.
Michael Webb is an architect and member of Archigram. He studied architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture (now the University of Westminster), and emigrated to the United States in 1965. Drawing has played a fundamental role throughout his career, defining the development of his Temple Island study (published by the Architectural Association in 1987) and Drive-In House series. His writing has appeared in Architectural Design, Daidalos, and the Journal of Architectural Education and his work has been exhibited at the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Architectural League of New York, and Art Net. He was a Mellon Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2011. A monograph on his work, Michael Webb: Two Journeys, edited by Ashley Simone, was published by Lars Müller Publishers in 2018.
Reflections on Practice and Dialogue with Archigram
Drawing Architecture Studio, Under the Zhengyangmen, 2018. © Drawing Architecture Studio
Li Han is a Founding Partner of Drawing Architecture Studio, through which he explores and presents a critical view of dwellings, cities, and the urban environment in the medium of narrative-based digital drawing. His work integrates influences from Pop Art, postmodernism, and contemporary popular culture into depictions of urban landscapes. Li was the overall winner of the Architecture Drawing Prize curated by the World Architecture Festival, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and Make Architects in 2018. His publications include A Little Bit of Beijing, A Little Bit of Beijing · Dashilar, and Hutong Mushroom. He was trained at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and RMIT University in Melbourne.
Atelier FCJZ, Jishou Art Museum, 2019. Photo: Tian Fangfang. © Atelier FCJZ
Yung Ho Chang is founding principal of the Beijing-based Atelier FCJZ (Feichang Jianzhu), established in 1993. Since its inception, Atelier FCJZ has pursued a multidisciplinary practice and emphasised the craft of design, through both research and realised projects from large-scale urban design to decorative arts. Chang was educated in China and the United States and is a professor of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University and a professor and former head of the Architecture Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a professor and founding head of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University.
Jiakun Architects, With the Wind, 2013. M+, Hong Kong. Photo: Nicholas Tse. © Jiakun Architects
Liu Jiakun is the founder and the principal architect of Jiakun Architects, a Chengdu-based practice that focuses on designing in response to social realities and respect for local context and vernacular craftsmanship. His architectural and installation projects include the Luyeyuan Stone Sculpture Art Museum, With the Wind, Crossroads for the first Chengdu Biennial, Rebirth Brick, and West Village, as well as the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing in 2018. Liu has participated in many international exhibitions, including the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and the Venice Biennale in 2015. He was trained at the Chongqing Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
URBANUS, Model, Urban Village: Gangxia Village (2004–2005), Shenzhen, China, 2005. M+, Hong Kong. © URBANUS
Meng Yan is an architect and co-founder of URBANUS, a design practice and think tank based in Shenzhen and Beijing. His projects focus on key issues of China’s urban development, including the Luohu Art Gallery, the Dafen Art Museum, the OCT Art & Design Gallery, and numerous urban regeneration research initiatives in Shenzhen. He was chief curator of the Shenzhen Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai and co-curated the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, held in Shenzhen. He was trained at Tsinghua University and Miami University.
MAD Architects, Postcard of New York, Superstar: a Mobile China Town, Venice Architectural Biennale 2008, Italy, 2008. M+, Hong Kong. © MAD Architects
Ma Yansong is an architect and founder and principal of the Beijing-based practice MAD Architects. His design practice, exhibitions, and publications address ideas of environment, the city, and balance between nature and technology. His projects with MAD across a range of scales include the Absolute Towers, the Ordos Museum, the Harbin Opera House, Hutong Bubble 32, and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Ma was trained at the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture and Yale University.
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