DAZ (Deutsches Architektur Zentrum)

‘Structural Studies’, June-14 & Toshihiko Mitsuya @ DAZ, April 18th, 2012

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A collaboration between ‘June-14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff’ and Toshihiko Mitsuya, architects and artist, study various structures created from 0.02mm aluminum. The designs test the limits of the thin material given various kinds of loading and shape. Everyone knows aluminum foil as light and thin. It is composed only of surface, no thickness. However, it gets very hard if pressed and, moreover, it can form sensitive details, which cannot be done with clay or stone. The shapes tests the limits of the material, the seven works presented: 

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1. Door to Your Garden

2. Wall Between Us (unstable) 

3. Pillow

4. Tower Calling Your Mobile

5. Post to Lean Against

6. Curtain That We are Alone in

7. Column Supporting You and Me

In the second week of the exhibition architect and artist Alexander Schweder La will add works to the show that explore the question of architectural strength from a moister perspective. As a counterpoint to the thin becoming strong posited by June-14, Schweder La’s experiments with rot expose the frailty of the architecture that we desire to be permanent.

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‘Vandals #2 and #3’ from Julika Gittner @ DAZ (Deutsches Architektur Zentrum), October 28th 2011

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Vandals #2 and #3 are part of a series of temporary public sculptures by the London artist and architect Julika Gittner. Chained to lampposts, the objects are exposed to an urban condition over a period of 10 days. Whilst the sculptures act as provocateurs as well as receptacles of aggression and vandalism they are also vulnerable pieces of artwork. Outside of the protective space of the museum their fragile constructions become sensors for how the public treats culture beyond the grip of the bourgeois white gloves. The process of exposing the objects on the street is documented in photographs. The sculptures were presented at DAZ.

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