ignacio g. galán
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Curation and Design of an exhibition within the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA)

Oslo (Norway) / September 08 -November 27, 2016

Design by Lluís A. Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier. Drawing by Eduardo Tazon.

After Belonging: On Residence documents the spatial conditions that shape our ways of staying in transit and the redefinition of our contemporary spaces of residence, considering the aesthetic, technical, and sociopolitical implications of this redefinition. Architecture, here, takes different forms beyond the building, from arrangements of objects and their logistics, to territorial configurations and digital systems of organization. The contributions to the exhibition gravitate around five areas: Borders Elsewhere, Furnishing After Belonging, Sheltering Temporariness, Technologies for a Life in Transit, and Markets and Territories of the Global Home. Arranged as an accumulation of evidences and speculations, the exhibition unveils the multiple scales and media involved in the architectures of contemporary forms of residence, and how they convey new articulations between individuals, objects, technologies, collectives, and territories.

Participants: Unfold; Amadou Kane Sy; Kër Thiossane; Enorme Estudio & PKMN Architectures; ROTOR; Jill Magid; Coralie Gourguechon; Superunion Architects; Folder; Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation; Femke Herregraven; Einar Sneve Martinussen & Jørn Knutsen; Martti Kalliala; Sputniko!; Sigil, Khaled Malas; estudio SIC |  VIC; Martha Rosler & Pelin Tan; Bouchra Khalili; Supersudaca; Pa.LaC.E; Frida Escobedo & Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa; Kadambari Baxi, Janette Kim, Meg McLagan, David Schiminovich, Mark Wasiuta; Cooking Sections; Paulo Tavares with Armin Linke, Giulia Bruno; L.E.FT with Lawrence Abu Hamdan;  Nora Akawi, Nina V. Kolowratnik, Johannes Pointl, Eduardo Rega; Center for Political Beauty; Adrian Lahoud; Luis Callejas & Charlotte Hansson; Design Earth; Center for Spatial Research (Laura Kurgan, Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Angelika Rettberg); Ana Naomi de Sousa, Paulo Moreira, Pétur Waldorff; OMA + BENGLER 

The exhibition is produced by DOGA - The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in collaboration with Oslo Architecture Triennale. This exhibition is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and accompanies the exhibition In Residence, at The National Museum – Architecture.

Exhibition Curators and Designers: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier

Design and Production Associates: Juan Ruiz Anton, Paola Simone García / Graphic Design: This is our work (Megan Feehan) + MHDS (Markus Heibø) / Design Assistant: Kamilla Csegzi / Research Associate: Jess Ngan / Assistant: Nick Oelrich

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  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. Our work focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavors. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. The office was a finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize as a result of its contributions to design culture. 

    We operate through diverse media and platforms and are continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research 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. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Grant 2015). He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies 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. He is currently one of the editors of the eponymous volume, forthcoming in 2020 by Sternberg Press (Graham Foundation Grant 2019).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, and diverse forms of population displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated with Distinction 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 and a Fulbright Scholar. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign among others.

  • Statement Open or Close

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

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation challenge our understanding of architecture (conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability), requires new imaginations for our ways of being together and consequently remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

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

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