March 27, 2010

Columbia University, GSAPP presents Operators’ Exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Chrissie IlesŁukasz Ronduda
Felicity Scott
Anton VidokleMark Wasiuta

The exhibition will be open to the public March 30 – May 7, 2010
at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall (gallery hours: Mon – Fri, 12 – 6pm)

Exhibition curated by Łukasz Ronduda and Mark Wasiuta
With curatorial assistant Natalia Sielewicz

Operators’ Exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture explores the surprising and productive relationship between Polish experimental film and architecture in the late 1960s and early 1970’s. The exhibition traces the evolution of Polish architect Oskar Hansen’s theory of Open Form from its origin in Hansen’s own architectural projects to its application in film, multi-slide projection, visual games, and performative practices.

Led by artists Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek a group of Hansen’s students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw pursued Open Form as the basis for a collective, communication oriented production. Through a strategy they described as “working with the camera” the artists recorded indeterminate actions and ephemeral performances coordinated in relation to the camera’s field of view. The projects in the exhibition offer evidence of these artists’ fascination with objective documentation, mathematics, logic, and cybernetics, which, in their work, emerged as procedures for non-authorial interactions. The artists conceived their practice as a radical form of social experimentation that would examine the values and models of a non-authoritarian social system and would offer a form of interference to contemporary politics and propaganda.

Additional Events
April 28, 2010 6:30pm, Arthur Ross Gallery
Gallery Talk with curators and art historian Boris Groys
(Center for Art and Media Technology Karlsruhe and New York University)

Film Screening at Light Industry
Please check for date and time

Organized as part of the on-going GSAPP Global Experiments in ART/ARCHITECTURE Initiative

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