Architecture in the Expanded Field

UCA Sculpture Question Research Group
Sculpture Network – start ’18: ‘Art and Architecture’

Gabor Stark
‘Architecture in the Expanded Field’

Introduction by Peter Hofer
Followed by a plenary discussion

Cragg Lecture Theatre
Thursday 15th February 2018
2.15 pm

UCA Canterbury
New Dover Road
Canterbury
Kent, UK

uca.ac.uk

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RED RANT

Red Rant_1

A project by Gabor Stark & Emilio Koutsoftides, 2017

The performative sculpture presents an open platform for free speech. Members of the public are invited to climb onto the augmented lifeguard station and to have their say: to shout at the waves, or to preach at the beach, to declare their position, or to rail and rant at Toronto. With its megaphone and perforated metal skin, the anthropomorphic tribune amplifies the visual and acoustic presence of the speakers. A punching bag, imprinted with the world’s first punch bag poem*, provides an additional opportunity for physical stress relief. The folded metal ribbons clatter against each other in the wind and even when not occupied the structure doesn’t stop to make noise. The accumulated sound of aeolian and human voices spreads out across the winter beach: a gift by and to the community.

Competition entry: WinterStations 2018, Toronto, Canada

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Red Rant_02_A

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RIOT IN TORONTO

 

I RAN TO TORONTO

TO RANT IN TORONTO

 

TO TORONTO

TO RANT O

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TO TORONTO TO RANT

TO RANT AT TORONTO

 

TO RANT O

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TO TORONTO I RAN TO

RAN RED IN TORONTO

I RAN TO TORONTO

TO RANT

 

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TO RANT O

TO RANT AT

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RED RANT

 

 

For the Birds

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A project by Gabor Stark & Emilio Koutsoftides, 2017

The stacked roost tower references the carved narratives and representations of animal spirits of the totem typology that can be found in Manitoba. The region is famous for its great avian diversity and around 50 out of the 150 recorded bird species spend the winter in Winnipeg. The segments of the interlocking timber structure provide a vertical cluster of bird habitats as well as a landmark for the walkers and skaters on the frozen  Red and Assiniboine Rivers. While the upper section holds sixty nesting boxes for woodpeckers, chickadees, shrikes, nuthatches, waxwings, sparrows and finches, the lower part can be entered by one human at a time. Stepping from the open into the interior of the tower, visitors find shelter from the wind and their attention is directed towards the sounds of the surrounding landscape and the framed view of the sky.

Competition entry: Warming Huts 2018, Winnipeg, Canada

For the Birds 01

For the Birds

For the Birds 02

 

Thomas, Jane, Rem, Colin, Bernhard, Robert and Denise go to the Beach

G.Stark_Margate Map Me Quick-1

Here a few slides from my pecha kucha talk at the Urban Design Autumn School in Margate, Kent. The fictional book covers are based on the speculation: What if T. S. Eliot, Jane Jacobs, Rem Koolhaas, Colin Rowe, Bernhard Tschumi, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown had visited Margate and had written a book about it?

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Unlike the other, fictional weekenders, T. S. Eliot actually did visit Margate. In 1921, recovering from a nervous breakdown, Eliot spent a few weeks at the Kent coast and wrote Part III of his poem The Waste Land while sitting in the seaside shelter at Nayland Rock.

“On Margate Sands.  

I can connect

Nothing with nothing.

The broken fingernails of dirty hands.

My people humble people who expect

Nothing.”

Exhibition in Pafos / 26 September – 03 October 2017

PolyCatOikia_A0_Emilio Koutsoftides + Gabor Stark

Alongside projects by the Neapolis University School of Architecture, Engineering, Land & Environmental Sciences and the other Pafos 2017 SECOND NATURE installations, the PolyCatOikia will be featured in the Lines of Production / Producing Lines exhibition curated by Solon Xenopoulos, Εvanthia Dova and Αngeliki Sivitanidou.

Lines of Production / Producing Lines

Attikon Cinema

Evagora Pallikaridi, Pafos, Cyprus

Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 3 October 2017, opening times: 16:00-19:00

Private view: Friday 28 September 19:00

https://precariouspropositions.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/polycatoikia-pafos-2017-european-capital-of-culture/