Saturday, February 28, 2009

Peter Cook
: Robots in the Woods

March 7, Saturday, 14:00


Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi,

Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sokağı, No: 11a Galatasaray

"Transdisciplines" lecture series organized by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti continues with Peter Cook. The lecture entitled Robots in the Woods will take place at garajistanbul on Saturday, March 7th.

The lecture of Peter Cook will prompt the themes of hybridisation, metamorphosis, and ambiguities as dynamic sources in his latest works. The Comfo-Veg Club project of Cook provokes the amazing imaginative metamorphosis of vegetation spaces lying between the robotic gadgetry and the melting spatial elements, by redefining architectural imageries. It invokes how architecture would intersect with digital technology in more organic, amorphous and ambiguous ways, rather than the conventional digital works came into being in architecture as strict, definite geometrical elements. Similarly, his “friendly alien” project of Kunsthaus in Graz shockingly awakens the continuous attentiveness of architectural senses. His latest project by his London-based CRAB Studio, “Department of Law and Central Administration of Vienna Economics University” which is planned to start next year, evokes the exciting dynamism of sliding spaces on floatable routes.

Sir Peter Cook (RA, AADipl, RIBA, BDA, FRCA, FRSA, ARB) is a British architect, experimentalist, educator, academician, and architectural theoretician. He recently received a knighthood in 2007 by The Queen of England, for services to architecture. He was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (as founder of Archigram) in 2004. He studied architecture at Bournemouth College of Art from 1953-58, and at Architectural Association in London from 1958-60. Peter Cook was Year Master, Unit Master and Tutor at Architectural Association from 1964 to1990; and was the Chair of Architecture of the Bartlett School at UCL from 1990 to 2006. He has been the Chief Assessor of the Viennese architecture schools since 2004. He has been Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Emeritus Professor at University College London and the Life Professor at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt-Main. His contributions to architecture vary from being a Royal Academician to the “commandeur de l’ordre des arts et letters” of the French Republic; and to being a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. Prof. Cook has published eight books and received many international awards including the Jean Tschumi Medal of the UIA and Annie Spink Medal for Education by RIBA. His principal architectural collaborations have been with Archigram Group 1963-1975, with Prof. Christine Hawley 1976-1998, with Prof. Colin Fournier 1998-2004. He has been the director of CRAB (Cook-Robotham Architecture Bureau, London) since 2004. His latest projects include the winning competitions for the “Kunsthaus” in Graz, Austria; the “Theatre” in Verbana, Italy; and “Department of Law and Central Administration Vienna Economics University” in Vienna, Austria.

The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

The lecture by Peter Cook is generously supported by the British Council.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Building Knowledge

Nikolaus Hirsch
"Transdisciplines" Lecture Series - 8: 

Saturday, 28th February, 5:30 p.m

Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi,

Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sokağı, No: 11a Galatasaray

In his lecture Garanti Galeri and Platform Garanti [GGPG] Nikolaus Hirsch contributes to the discussion on pavilions in light of some of his recent projects. Referring to "Exquisite Corpse", his growing institutional model for the European Kunsthalle (recently being exhibited at Showroom London, 2008), and the "Cybermohalla Hub" (Manifesta 7 and Delhi), he questions the relationship between stable and unstable spatial configurations.

Nikolaus Hirsch is a Frankfurt-based architect and professor at Städelschule who has held academic positions at the Architectural Association in London, at the Institute of Applied Theater Studies at Giessen University, and at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue, the Hinzert Document Center, and numerous exhibition structures such as "Making Things Public" at the ZKM (curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel) and "Indian Highway" (Serpentine Gallery, 2008). Hirsch´s ongoing research in institutional models has resulted in projects such as the Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with William Forsythe), Unitednationsplaza in Berlin (with Anton Vidokle), European Kunsthalle, Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi and currently a studio structure for Rirkrit Tiravanija´s "The Land".

His work has been shown in "Neue Welt" (Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2001), "Utopia Station" at the Venice Biennial 2003, "Can Buildings Curate" (Architectural Association London / Storefront Gallery, New York, 2005), Thomas Bayrle´s "40 Years Chinese Rock 'n Roll" (MMK Frankfurt, 2006), "Horn Please" (Kunstmuseum Bern, 2007), and Manifesta 7 in Bolzano. Nikolaus Hirsch has curated „ErsatzStadt: Representations of the Urban" at Volksbühne Berlin and is a member of the „Curating Architecture" program at Goldsmiths College in London. Recently he has published „On Boundaries" (Sternberg Press), a collection of essays and interviews that focuses on the relationship between architectural, artistic and curatorial models.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Red Thread" Talks and Conversations - 3

11th International İstanbul Biennial
"Continental Drift: The Politics of Perception"
Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost

February 17th, Tuesday, 18.30.

Garanti Han 115A
Garamti Galeri and Platform Garanti, 5th Floor

For the first time since the 1970s, an economic crisis has upset the geopolitical balance of power, suggesting possible changes in the model of worldwide development. How can artists participate in this potential transformation? How can they warn against the worst of the likely outcomes, while imagining different ways of life, new tomorrows?

Walk around Istanbul -or New York, or Delhi, or Shanghai- with wide-open eyes and camera clicking: you will learn a tremendous amount about the insertion of the city into transnational networks, but almost nothing about the national or regional economy, the cultural conditions driving political-party formation, the long-term shifts in mentalities and attitudes. The circulation patterns of contemporary society foster a structural blindness. Recent attempts to integrate the social sciences with artistic practices are essential to the perception of change at all the scales (global, continental, national, territorial, intimate). But every analysis comes laden with its own viewpoint, its own interests and prejudices. What interests us are experimental groups able to participate or even generate social events, while developing critical questions on the form, process, meaning and ends of their activity. Placing ideas to the test of experience and public debate, these groups may be able to open their own eyes and produce more widely sharable visions.

For the past four years, Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost have collaborated with the 16 Beaver Group in New York on the autonomous seminar "Continental Drift", bringing together artists, social theorists and activists to look at the influence of geopolitical change on daily life. The most recent seminar was carried out in Zagreb, Croatia, in collaboration with the WHW curatorial collective.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

On Support: 'Support Structures'

Celine Condorelli, James Langdon

Friday February 13, 2009, 6.30 p.m.
Ottoman Bank Museum Conference Hall,
Bankalar Caddesi, 11, Karaköy

This is the last talk of the ‘on support’ lecture series, which has been working as a draft towards a publication of ‘Support Structures’. In this talk Graphic designer James Langdon will discuss with Celine Condorelli and Gavin Wade how design can be considered as a form of support. By navigating through some of the material in process of being made into a book, they will integrate the investigation in notions of support within the realms of art, architecture and other spatial practices; and make a first, public proposal for what a curated bibliography of support might look like.

'Support Structures' is a publication project for the creation of the missing bibliography of support structures. A long-term engagement with notions of support highlights an almost complete absence of literature or theory on the subject, and therefore the imperative need to support its creation. While registering and collecting reference projects in a new archive of ‘support structures’, alongside the 10-phase ‘Support Structure’ project with Gavin Wade, Celine Condorelli has been inviting specialists from different fields to elaborate frameworks and work on texts which will form the theoretical backbone of the publication.

Celine Condorelli works with art and architecture. She is one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Birmingham, UK. Recent exhibitions include 'Park Nights', Serpentine (2008), 'Far-West', Arnolfini (2008), ‘Hidden Curriculum’, Casco, Utrecht (2007), GIL Biennial, Ghuang Zhou, Shanghai, Beijing, (2007), 4'33'', Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, (2007), 'Revisits', Linz, Graz (2007/2008) 'theatre pieces', Tate Triennial (2006), 'Alterity Display', O'Hana gallery, london 2004). Recent projects include developing Support Structure phase 1-10, with Artist-Curator Gavin Wade, at Chisenhale Gallery, The Economist, ICA, V&A, London, Portsmouth, Greenham Common, Essex University, Birmingham Eastside (2003-2009), and previously taxi_onomy with artist Beatrice Gibson, at 'Subcontingency', Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin, 'Public Structures', GuangZhou Triennial, and 'the thin line' PEAM and Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (2005-2007). Celine Condorelli is phd candidate in Research Architecture, Goldsmith London.

James Langdon studied as an artist and now works as a designer of books and printed matter with artists and arts organisations. Recent and current collaborations include artists books and catalogues with Ruth Claxton, Harrison and Wood, Steven Shearer and Victor Man; and the ‘exhibition in a book’, Has Man a Function in Universe?, curated by Gavin Wade, published by Book Works and including artists Mark Titchner, Shezad Dawood and Neil Chapman amongst others. James is also one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Birmingham, UK.

Gavin Wade is an artist-curator, Publisher of Strategic Questions and Director of Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Curated projects include This Is The Gallery And The Gallery Is Many Things, Eastside Projects (2008); Strategic Questions Venice, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); Thin Cities, Piccadilly Line Centenary, Platform for Art, London Underground (2006-8); Public Structures, Guang Zhou Triennial, China (2005); ArtSheffield05: Spectator T, cross city Biennial (2005). Other projects include Support Structure Phase 1-10, with architect Celine Condorelli, various locations (2003-2009); and Kiosk5:KiteKiosk (mit Simon & Tom Bloor and Nils Norman) Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone (2008). His books include Has Man A Function In Universe, Bookworks (2008); The Interruptors: A Non-Simultaneous Novel, Article Press (2005); STRIKE (adjusted by Liam Gillick), Alberta Press London (2002); and Curating In The 21st Century, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2000).

Monday, February 02, 2009

Charles Waldheim: 
Planning, Ecology, and the Emergence of Landscape

"Transdisciplines" Lecture Series - 7: 

February 7, Saturday, 14:00

Garaj Istanbul

Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi,

Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sokağı, No: 11a Galatasaray

The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

"Transdisciplines" lecture series organized by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti continues with Charles Waldheim. The lecture on Planning, Ecology, and the Emergence of Landscape will take place at Garaj Istanbul on Saturday, Febrary 7th.

The lecture will begin with a brief historical overview of the relative alienation of the design disciplines in the wake of the cultural politics of the 60s and early 70s. This includes a discussion of the parallel alienation and serial separation from schools of design or architecture the disciplines of landscape architecture and urban planning. Citing Harvard, Penn, and Toronto among others, the introduction suggests that the recent renewal of landscape architecture’s status as a design medium within leading design schools has coincided precisely with the rapprochement between planning programs and schools of architecture and design. Further the introduction argues that this symmetrical re-engagement, rather than simple coincidence, derives from shifts within the built environment itself and the disciplines that describe it. This reading promises a moment of tangency between the concerns and questions of landscape architecture and planning practice, one in which both disciplines promise to benefit from renewed commitments to subjects of mutually shared historical interest.

The first half of Waldheim’s talk includes a series of short historical cases, each describing the role of landscape in the formation of the region as a subject of city and regional planning practice in the 19th and 20th centuries. Among these are a brief overview of recent scholarship on the dominant lineage of regionally informed planning projects as proposed by Geddes, Mumford, MacKaye, and culminating in McHarg. The projects and texts of Ludwig Hilberseimer are presented as an alternative to that tradition, an alternative in which economic readings underpin an ecological approach to industrial decentralization. The first half closes with an overview of the reception of McHargian principles in the 60s and early 70s and the shift of landscape architecture to a medium of regional and urban planning, as well as a summary of the perceived failures of the McHargian project to address the challenges of the contemporary metropolis.

The second half of the talk surveys the recent re-emergence of landscape as a medium of urban design, and the impact of that shift on the disciplinary commitments and professional precedents of urban planning. Among these, the talk describes the renewed interest in landscape as a medium of design agency and the role of landscape as a cultural form. Equally, the talk will identify the role of ecology in that renewal of landscape design, and rehearses various claims that have been made on behalf of landscape ecology as an agent of contemporary urban development. The main body of the talk closes with a survey of several recent projects in North America that propose landscape and ecological process as drivers of design process, and employ planning practices that are necessarily informed by ecological subjects, the sites they imply, and the constituencies they represent.

The lecture concludes with a provisional sketch of potential models for contemporary planning practice informed by contemporary understandings of landscape and ecology as media of urban design. The conclusion cites the work of a small number of contemporary designers working at the intersection of planning and landscape design, referencing their various positions as they inform contemporary conceptions of urban development and design.

Charles Waldheim, FAAR, is Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Waldheim’s work examines the relationships between landscape and contemporary urbanism. He coined the term “landscape urbanism” to describe the recent emergence of landscape as a medium of urban order for the contemporary city. Waldheim is a licensed architect and principal of Urban Agency, a multi-disciplinary consultancy in design and urbanism. Waldheim / Urban Agency engage with public agencies, private clients, design professionals, and multi-disciplinary teams on a range of projects at the intersection of contemporary urbanism and landscape.