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Wed, Jan 24, 2018 12pm - Thu, Feb 15, 2018 11:59pm

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Günther Domenig & Eilfried Huth - Medium Total, 1969-1970

Günther Domenig & Eilfried Huth - Medium Total, 1969-1970


Third Floor Hallway Gallery

Curated by Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo, Luca Galofaro and Davide Sacconi, with the assistance of Caroline Lacroix and Alessandro Toti

Featuring the work of Andrea Branzi, Bernard Calet, Günther Domenig and Eilfried Huth, David Georges Emmerich, Hiromi Fujii, Ludger Gerdes, Günter Günschel, Bernhard Hafner, Toyo Ito, Mathieu Mercier, Walter Pichler and Guy Rottier

With the contributions of Black Square, BuildingBuilding, Matilde Cassani, Lukas Feireiss, Saba Innab, LIST, Manthey Kula, OBRA, OMMX, PioveneFabi, UHO and Vazio S/A

The encounter between CAMPO and Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire of Orleans produced MISUNDERSTANDINGS, a project which, by addressing one of the most important archives of architectural experiments worldwide, opens a reflection on the operative value of museums and collections for the contemporary discourse and practice of architecture.

Approaching Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s collection less with the cultural diligence of the curator than the amateur curiosity of the architect, CAMPO discards the traditional monographic, typological or historical readings, to adopt a looser and unconventional framework that pairs human emotions and architectural principles. Nostalgia/Form, Surprise/Limit, Fear/Structure and Hope/System are the four binocular lenses through which we looked at the collection as living material that can be studied but also manipulated to reflect on the contemporary condition.
CAMPO selected from the archive twelve pairs of visual documents – drawings, images or models, photographs – three for each dialectical theme, to give them stripped by any information regarding the original project, to twelve architects as a brief. The invited contributors have been asked to respond to the diptych through the project of a book in which they freely collect and organize the reflections and speculations provoked by the images. Suspended from their material context and subtracted to the precision of history the images acquire a new life, becoming projective instruments in the hands of the invited contributors. Juxtaposing and displacing elements of the collection in a new framework that disrupts their conceptual and historical meaning, allows for MISUNDERSTANDINGS, temporary mistakes and purposeful inaccuracies that liberate unpredictable narratives from the sheer visual power of the works.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS is also a meditation on the fundamental need of architecture as a form of reaction to emotions, intended as a primordial and collective process. On the one side emotions constitute our common and generic capability to relate with each other, on the other side our capability to give form to the environment is the necessary physical and mental instrument that allows us to live together. If today emotions are more and more at the core of human activities – where sentiments and relationships constitute the ultimate productive force – architecture, by giving form to the materiality of space and its representational power, can interfere with the impalpable nature of emotions, accelerating, delaying or altering the on-going processes of social and political transformation.

The exhibition is the first step of a larger cultural project initiated by Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, which culminated in the Biennale of Orleans 2017, titled “Walking through someone else dreams.” After the event at CAMPO the twelve diptychs and books traveled back to Le FRAC Centre of Orleans in January 2017, where the original materials were exhibited together with the new contributions.

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