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.