ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]

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Curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 Conference: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Oslo Opera House

Oslo (Norway) / September 9, 2016

The After Belonging conference brings together architects, thinkers, decision-makers, and local experts in order to dissect the role of the architect in the contemporary reconfiguration of belonging. 

The Conference is organized in four sections: 

Global Expertise interrogates the role of the architect within current processes of globalization. By addressing economic, ecological, and logistic networks, this first section questions previous understandings of global expertise and practice, and seeks for a new common frame of action and discussion.

Sheltering Temporariness delves into the complexities of architectural action within the loaded social and political contexts in which notions of belonging and shelter are reconfigured. The section addresses contexts either affected by the alleged exceptionality of natural disasters or armed conflicts, or where precariousness has been normalized.

Productions of Locality looks at the practices and representations involved in the construction of identities in global regimes. Distinctive geographies will be addressed both in their instrumentalization for the markets of tourism or as a form of emancipation.

The Digital and the Real Estate analyzes architecture’s mediations within the technological and financial infrastructures supporting new ways of being together, considering both their potentials and challenges.

Participants: Amale Andraos, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kajima, Eyal Weizman, Grete Brochman, Gro Bonesmo, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Juan Herreros, Karl Otto Ellefsen, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Michel Feher, Negar Azimi, Even Westvang & Simen Svale Skogsrud, Per Heggenes, Reinhold Martin, John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Andreas G. Gjertsen, Yasmeen Lari

 

  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office, particularly focusing on architecture's role in the articulation of society. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he was finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas, and is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center.

    The work of the office unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Ignacio g. Galán is the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Award 2015). He previously collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton SOA, and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the Jury. 

    Galán was trained at ETSAMadrid and TU Delft, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is completing a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. He is Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign.

  • Statement Open or Close

    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural cultural transfers, material exchanges, and population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation to architecture, conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability, remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, collective operations, and diverse types of mobilization, particularly concerning the architectures of residence. 

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.