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Solicited: Proposals

Illustration: Andreas Samuelsson / Agent Molly & Co. Elements of the exhibition.
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01.10.2021-31.03.2022
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Solicited: Proposals

The exhibition is a crucial format for representation and reflection. Architecture exhibitions speak to both disciplinary and non-disciplinary, local and non-local concerns, creating a dialogue and offering the potential to strengthen both.

The relevance of architecture exhibitions is constantly changing, and they are worth continual reconsideration. Solicited: Proposals ↗ is a shared effort to parse the architecture exhibition, to untangle and rethink its meaning and its potential for today. Through the lens of a single element, each contribution seeks to reimagine the architecture exhibition: what it allows for and does not allow for; what it enables, what it disables; what it constructs and deconstructs.

The series seeks to frame freethinking within challenges that are older than today and that could feed into questions around what institutions are, could, can, and should be. It informs ongoing work in rethinking the rooms, experiences, and curatorial approaches currently underway at ArkDes in Stockholm.

Elements of the exhibition

An exhibition is a complex machine of both tangible and intangible moving parts, each of which are possible avenues into considering and radically rethinking what makes them both useful and relevant.

This project begins with nine elements that constitute exhibitions: the seating, the collection, the timeframe, the object list, the threshold, the outdoors, the queue, the budget, and the interpretation. There are a practically endless number of elements, however. Consider: the list of participants, the plinth, the ten-minute tour, the press release, the object list, the title, the caption, the opening hours, the cappuccino, the locker, the ticket, the collection, the greeting, the livestream, the no-touch sign, the comment card, the website, the brochure, the automatic door, the threshold, the gift shop, the publication, the bathroom, the bench, the Wi-Fi, the security, the agreement, the pitch, the biography, the outdoors, the translation, the surveillance camera, the queue, the maximum capacity, the risk assessment…

Contributors

Esther Choi, Jia Yi Gu, Gilly Karjevsky and Rosario Talevi, Vasif Kortun, Prem Krishnamurthy, Maria Lind, Federico Martelli, Mpho Matsipa, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Molemo Moiloa, Shirley Surya, Anna Livia Friel, Marco Provinciali, Mika Savela, Lev Bratishenko, Melanija Grozdanoska, Maria McLintock, Space Popular, Civil Architecture

In collaboration with e-flux Architecture

Solicited: Proposals is an editorial project initiated by ArkDes and e-flux Architecture, published between October and December 2021. Following an open call, additional contributions were published between February and March 2022.

Maria Lind: The Seating (PDF, 22mb)

Shirley Surya: The Collection (PDF, 23mb)

Prem Krishnamurthy: The Timeframe (PDF, 21mb)

Federico Martelli: The Object List (PDF, 15mb)

Vasıf Kortun: The Threshold (PDF, 15mb)

Gilly Karjevsky and Rosario Talevi: The Outdoors (PDF, 16mb)

Mpho Matsipa, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, and Molemo Moiloa: The Queue (PDF, 30mb)

Jia Yi Gu: The Budget (PDF, 15mb)

Esther Choi: The Interpretation (PDF, 15mb)

Anna Livia Friel and Marco Provinciali: The Brief (PDF, 3mb)

Mika Savela: The Caption (PDF, 5mb)

Lev Bratishenko and Melanija Grozdanoska: The Weather (PDF, 3mb)

Maria McLintock: The Moment (PDF, 4mb)

Space Popular: The Guide (PDF, 3mb)

Civil Architecture: The Horizon (PDF, 3mb)

Contributors: Esther Choi, Jia Yi Gu, Gilly Karjevsky and Rosario Talevi, Vasif Kortun, Prem Krishnamurthy, Maria Lind, Federico Martelli, Mpho Matsipa, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Molemo Moiloa, Shirley Surya, Anna Livia Friel, Marco Provinciali, Mika Savela, Lev Bratishenko, Melanija Grozdanoska, Maria McLintock, Space Popular, Civil Architecture

Editors: Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch (e-flux Architecture), James Taylor-Foster (ArkDes)

Illustrations: Andreas Samuelsson ↗ / Agent Molly&Co.