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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

National Museum-Architecture

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: In Residence is a speculative platform focused on a selection of ten sites around the globe that encapsulate current transformations of belonging. The exhibition presents ten commissioned reports and five intervention strategies, intended as two distinct but related architectural operations to approach these sites. The ten reports outline diverse ways of describing the sites, offering multifaceted perspectives and bringing together different scales. In addition, five intervention strategies have been selected through an international open call for the sites located in Oslo and the Nordic region. These interventions design tactical and long-term forms of engagement with the sites, and rehearse alternative architectural practices. By bringing together these different approaches, the In Residence exhibition aims to test the capacity of architectural expertise to respond to changing realities.

Reporters: Eriksen Skajaa Arkitekter; James Bridle; Transborder Studio; Ahmet Öğüt & Emily Fahlén; Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine; THE STATE; Matilde Cassani; Emeka Ogboh; First Office; Husos Architects

Intervention Strategies: Bollería Industrial; Nabil Ahmed, Dámaso Randulfe; Caitlin Blanchfield, Glen Cummings, Jaffer Kolb, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Leah Meisterlin; Elisabeth Søiland, Silje Klepsvik, Åsne Hagen; Ruimteveldwerk;

The exhibition is produced by The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design 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 On Residence, at The Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture, DOGA. 

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.