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Cut’n’Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City
[eng] The exhibition “Cut’n’Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City” together with hosted a selection of our projects based on a selection of collages and photomontages.
The digital images that architects produce today, as exemplified in this exhibition’s prelude, are profoundly indebted to collage as both a technique and a tradition in modern art. Despite this fact, collage has seldom been considered crucial to the development of modern and contemporary architecture. With this lack in view, “Cut’n’Paste” proposes a new perspective on The Museum of Modern Art’s collection that reconsiders the influence of photomontage, assemblage, and other forms of collage or architecture culture over the last century. The exhibition’s title, “Cut’n’Paste”, refers both to the artistic techniques associated with collage and to the virtual processes that, thanks to popular digital software tools, have become synonymous with the making of contemporary architectural renderings.
The ethos of collage shapes every aspect of contemporary culture, from the glut of signs and images to the many layers of digital information to the art of sampling. This installation revisits early uses of collage to trace its evolution as both an aesthetic technique central to architectural representation and a cultural practice of layering, juxtaposition, and remix that configures the city. Opening with the seamless digital collages that dominate contemporary architectural practice, Cut ’n’ Paste pairs the early photo-collages of Mies van der Rohe with avant-garde experiments in photomontage, graphic design, and film. Architectural thinkers Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter’s Collage City (1978), an urban manifesto for the medium, provides a backdrop through which to reframe contemporary uses. As an architectural tool, this wide-ranging medium mixes high and popular references and offers a dynamic, inventive connection to cultural context.
Organized by Pedro Gadanho, Curator, and Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
CREAM estudio has been invited to participate in the Exhibition with different projects of the office as young architecture office.
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