‘all design’: MARA SHOW 2011-2012
An exhibition which brings the sixteen diverse spatial practices emerging from this year’s MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture together into a space of productive interplay.
Private View: Thursday 27th September 6 – 9pm
with Geopolitical banana-wharf cocktails
Exhibition: Friday 28th September till Sunday 14th October 2012, open from Thursday to Saturday 1 – 5pm, Sunday 1 – 4pm
Saturday 29th September 1 – 5pm
Presentations and discussion addressing distance, design, and reversal after a year of researching architecture.
this is the centre of the earth….
Sunday 30th September 1 – 4pm
A day of games, risk, soil, bread, resort towns, water and ice, violence, force, law and outlaw, the weather, drugs and more drugs, monocultural blindness, and illegal lifeforms…
The group assembles along a narrow balcony overlooking South Quay waterfront in Canary Wharf. A suited man awkwardly pushes past, mumbling an apology as he makes his way through this gathering. In close proximity, an LED sign with live share prices moves across a building boldly asserting ‘Information in the right hands leads to amazing things. That’s the Knowledge Effect’.
Attempting to negotiate a small stretch of water – evidence of the Quay’s industrial past – one member of the group is precariously perched on a ladder trying to reach the old sign on the front of the building. Their intention is to intervene and cancel out its alliterated past so that ‘Kall Kwik business and design’ now reveals itself as ‘all design’.
This act of public redaction forms the title of the exhibition – a semiotic readymade, an architectural cut-up, and an aesthetic proposition. ‘all design’ brings the sixteen diverse spatial practices emerging from this year’s MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University together into a space of productive interplay.
Formed around the Centre’s methodological practice-based approach to research, the works take architecture as a point of departure and turn it into a mode of analysis and investigation. Collectively the projects reverse-engineer the making of space in order to interrogate and identify the political trajectories of matter and institutional protocols.
Situated in the financial heart of the city, this context provides more than just a backdrop to the exhibition, as the capital flows that move through this space are rematerialized into zones of exclusion and estrangement. Space is not simply a location, but a field of forces that push and pull at all the projects presented here. Tensions emerge that reveal moments of slippage, confusion, rupture, violence, and subterfuge; that reveal material erosion, breakage, contamination and ruin. But unlike the movement of electronic capital that carves clean new jurisdictions out of networked pixels, these works inhabit and trouble the margins of existing jurisdictions by settling on top of melting glaciers, moving into dense jungle, occupying the stairs of St Paul’s Cathedral, dwelling in a German mountain cave, entering the bread ovens of Cairo, and even probing the molecules of air and water that make up our planetary ecologies. ‘all design’ offers sixteen unique perspectives and interpretations of a collective set of global points and flows.
Remco de Blaaij
Daniel Fernández Pascual
Blake Fisher Mirko Gatti
Hannah Meszaros Martin
Louise Ashcroft and Helene Kazan
18 Harbour Exchange Square, Canary Wharf, London. E14 9GE
1 min from South Quay DLR station, 5 min from Canary Wharf Station
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