The Colony Expo1: New York MomaPS1
MAY 12–SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
The devastating effects of natural disasters and economic volatility have spurred architects to reconsider how to build in a tumultuous world. Argentinean architecture firm a77 has created a colony in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard in which artists, thinkers, architects, and other cultural agents are invited to live and work communally. At both the stages of its construction and occupation, the Expo Colony seeks to find alternatives for future housing and use of public space. It is also a proposal for a different exhibition format; one that stresses process over product and collective creativity over the individual artist.
Each week MoMA PS1 has invited different hosts to live and work with their collaborators for the duration of their stay:
The third week of this collective manifestation, titled Civilization: Monumental Materialism, was hosted by the Icelandic artists Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir and Ragnar Kjartansson, who then invited ten additional participants; Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Björk Guðnadóttir, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Magnús Sigurðarson, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Ryan Erskine, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir.
The Colony is organized by Pedro Gadanho, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, and Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1, in consultation with writer and architecture theoretician, Niklas Maak.
The Colony of Light
Hosts: Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
Hosts: Georgia Sagri, Alexander Fleming
and Cammisa Buerhaus
Civilization: Monumental Materialism
Hosts: Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, Ingibjörg
Sigurjónsdóttir and Ragnar Kjartansson
72 Hours of Truce: Exploring Immediate Signs
Host: Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
(Palais de Tokyo, Paris)
Weeks 5 and 6
Rockaway Architecture Workshop
Hosts: Frank Barkow, Niklas Maak,
and Harvard GSD Students
TV Party goes to Camp
Host: Glenn O’Brien