For its second annual conference The Jaap Bakema Study Centre wanted to take a closer look at the relationship between research and the exhibition medium. Curators, researchers and designers from various international institutes discussed the way knowledge production, innovation and exhibition design are interrelated.
Exhibitions have the power to frame the architectural discourse by exploring the larger cultural conditions that shape the discipline. In the same way as a world’s fair communicates a global condition, an exhibition of architectural drawings communicates the existence of archives and their institutional memory, while a model interior of a house conveys that the private realm also belongs to the sphere of culture and its politics. The 2014 Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas, proposed another kind of format that dominated the various presentations: the exhibition as a platform for research.
Yet, from the analysis of historical materials to speculations about the future, what sort of knowledge production is constituted by architectural exhibitions? Where and who is the audience? And what does turning an exhibition into a platform for research tell us about the state of the discipline and where it is heading?
Programme Monday 30 November
Laboratories of Architectural Ideas
9.15-10.45 Paper session I
Cases of architects curating exhibitions to explore their fascinations and new ideas
Moderator: Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Yale University.
- An Exhibition in Need of a Name: How the ‘Gläserne Kette’ Made its Way into History, Jasper Cepl, Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau
- ‘Idea as Model’ and Its Discontents, Stefaan Vervoort, Ghent University
- Alison and Peter Smithson, ‘A Family of Exhibitions’, Ana Ábalos Ramos, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
- The Case of Hans Hollein, Eva Branscome, University College London
Motors Of Research
11.00-12.30 Paper session II
Cases of researchers using the exhibition as a driver for their own research project
Moderator: Marie-Thérèse van Thoor, TU Delft.
- Reconstructing Oskar Hansen's Strategies of Display, Aleksandra Kedziorek, Musuem of Modern Art, Warsaw
- ‘Bauhaus, Spain, America’: An Ongoing Research and Exhibition Project, Laura Martinez de Guereñu, IE University Madrid / Segovia
- Le Corbusier’s Iconology of the Interstitial Space: Thinking, Researching, Exhibiting, Luis Burriel Bielza, ENSA Paris-Belleville
- Visual Literacy and Social Change? New Brutalist Image 1949-1955, Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan
Research Online/The Future Of Curating
14.00-15.00 Round table session I
A conversation on Open Acces, Virtual Museums and Digital Story-telling. (NWO sponsored)
With Kieran Long (V&A Museum), Frans Neggers (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Frank van der Hoeven (TU Delft), Sandra Fauconnier (freelance producer) and others.
15.00-16.30 Paper session III
Cases of how the exhibition is an environment and/or medium for communication
Moderator: Marten Kuipers, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.
- The Urban Room as a Driver of Planning Imagination, City Foresight and Place-based Decision-making, Dhruv Adam Sookhoo, Newcastle University
- The Discovery of the Photo Model. Researching and Exhibiting the Model Collection of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Oliver Elser, DAM Frankfurt
- Theo Crosby’s How to Play the Environment Game, Salomon Frausto, The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, TU Delft
- Building Exhibitions as Research at the Societal Level, Carola Hein, TU Delft
In the Zone between Theory and Practice
“In the ‘Zone’ between Theory and Practice: Three Exhibitions by Reima Pietilä, 1960-1972”
Keynote lecture by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Yale University.
Programme Tuesday 1 December
9.15-10.45 Paper session IV
Reflections and speculations on the limits of knowledge production and exhibition making in the context of a postmodern society
Moderator: Tom Avermaete, TU Delft.
- Standardization after Speer: the Constructa Building Exhibition in Hannover (1951) as Case Study, Nader Vossoughian, New York Institute of Technology
- The Swedish Museum of Architecture 1962-1985, Thordis Arrhenius and Christina Pech
- Exhibiting Architecture as Commodity, Martin Hartung, ETH Zürich
- Exhibition as Forms of Simulation: or Mediating the Postmodern, Léa-Catherine Szacka, AHO Oslo
New Curatorial Approaches
11.00-12.30 Paper session V
Cases of contemporary curatorial practices that explore new formats
Moderator: Dirk van den Heuvel, Jaap Bakema Study Centre.
- Future Islands: Unsettled Archipelagos of Research and Practice, Charles Walker and Kathy Waghorn, Auckland University of Technology
- AFRITECTURE: A Platform for Exchange of Knowledge, Andres Lepik, TU München
- Of No Fixed Form. The Irish Pavilion and the 14th Venice Biennale, Gary Boyd and John McLaughlin, Queen’s University Belfast
- Jukebox Curating, Jérémie Michael McGowan, AHO Oslo and National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
- Out of the Box: A Distinctive Approach towards Exhibiting Archives, Giovanna Borasi, CCA Montréal
14.00-15.00 Round table session II
A conversation on research and architecture exhibitions.
With Stephan Petermann (OMA/AMO), Max Risselada (TU Delft), Marina Otero (HNI) and others.
20.00 - 22. 00 Lecture at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Maarten Gielens' lecture is the closing event of the two-day conference 'Research on Display. The Architecture Exhibition as a Model for Knowledge Production'. Maarten Gielen (1984) is one of the founders of the collective of designers Rotor. The collective is based in Brussels and their work moves moves between design and research, including an innovative practice in curating and designing exhibitions.
For the dinner at Het Nieuwe Instituut public closing lecture by Maarten Gielen / Rotor, you can find more information and tickets here.