ignacio g. galán
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Interior networks, Italian habitations Gallery

Photos by Javier Rubin

Research and design of an installation within an exhibition at Real Academia de España en Roma
Rome (Italy) / June 17 - August 31, 2014

Contemporaneous to the construction of the notion of privacy and increasingly throughout the 20th Century, the interior spaces we inhabit became entangled with different cultural and economic processes and exploded any stable definitions of its boundaries. And still, interiors continued to gather different constituencies and manage systems of inclusion and exclusion in forms exceeding their physical delimitations alone.

"Interior networks, Italian habitations" reflects on the real and imagined interiors built simultaneously in the late 1920s and the 1930s in Italy, and displays the complex array of spaces overlapping in the construction of an Italian habitation throughout the period. Different interiors were linked within cultural and material networks reaching from rural settings to New York and Addis Abbeba, from arrangements suggested in Il Corriere della Sera, to objects on display in La Rinascente, to stages shot in Cinecittà.

Simultaneously a display wall and a dividing fence, the exhibition reflects on the way in which the flatness of interior images reproduced in the media and the fleetingness of interior ensembles in department stores and exhibition rooms had lasting spatial implications and created borders at different scales.

"Interior networks, Italian habitations" is a private installation in a collective exhibition.

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    [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 studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and has a PhD in Architecture History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome. 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.

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    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.