Call For Proposals: Beyond Environment Installation LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) 6522 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
The curators for the exhibition Beyond Environment, to be held in September and October 2014, are hosting a competition to design and build three pavilions at the LACE gallery. Beyond Environment explores the potent interchange between architecture, Land Art, and Performance Art that emerged through Italian architect Gianni Pettena’s collaboration with American artists Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson in the 1970s. Captivated by a journey to the USA in 1971, Pettena’s About Non Conscious Architecture series would converse with the American Midwest, a conversation culminating in his meeting with Robert Smithson in Salt Lake City. Earlier, while in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pettena’s experiments in material transformations helped create some of architect’s most iconic works. Staged in Minneapolis in an abandoned school and in a non-descriptive suburban house, and titled Ice House I and II, Pettena would pour water into the mold works he created around the buildings’ perimeter walls. Curing during the winter night to a coat of ice, the houses resonated with their conceptual predecessor, Kaprow’s Fluids of 1967, as well as with a newer contemporary architectural sensibly concerned with the effects of variedly compounded, highly eidetic architectural surfaces.
Curated by Emanuele Piccardo and Amit Wolf, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, Beyond Environment combines approximately thirty works by Pettena, Kaprow, Smithson, as well as from Pettena’s Florentine milieu, that of Superarchitecture and the Italian “Radical” groups UFO, Superstudio, and 9999.
Competitors are asked to reconsider this architecture-art complex using contemporary technologies and materials. An exhibition of selected proposals will be hosted concurrently at the WUHO Gallery. Program Requirements: Design three pavilions that will act as media rooms, each approximately 10’ x 10’ x 10’. Important aspects of the design are therefore the control of light/visual/sound elements, and the further manipulation of the pavilions’ envelope to accommodate seating and display. competition packet for existing gallery layout (plan and section) as well as dates for site visits will be sent to participants following registration. The winning designer(s) will be presented with a budget of $4000.
Submission Requirements and Process:
There will be a preliminary round of judging, from which a short-list of three candidates will emerge. The final judging will be held on 30, May, 2014. The winning proposal will collaborate with the curators, engaging in all aspects of the project realization including design sessions, discussions of the projects’ amendments/adjustments, and technical investigations into the pavilions’ realization. 24” x 36” presentation board (landscape format), mounted on rigid board or foamcore, with the following images: plan, section, perspective of media room, narrative (maximum 500 words). Budget to include all estimated costs, included separately on 8 ½” x 11” paper. No indication of design team and/or designer name to appear on the board.
Registration deadline/ Submission deadline:
07. June 2014
More information on the website: beyond-environment.com