This exhibition is one of the Triennale’s two main exhibitions, and it is completed by the the On Residence exhibition at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture DOGA.
The installation for the exhibition, "Blocks of blabla", features 3 models of self storage units in New York City and is presented by Anna Neimark as part of First Office. SCI-Arc helped to support the work with many students who participated in the workshop surrounding the conceptual design of the models: Deborah Garcia, Connor Gravelle, Jon Gregurick, Daniel Hapton, Alissa Lopez, Kyla Schaefer, and Tidus Ta.
The In Residence exhibition invites the audience to explore ten sites that encapsulate the contemporary transformation of belonging. Each site is presented through texts and materials selected by the curatorial team; reports commissioned to a group of architects, artists, journalists, and other professionals; and a series of intervention strategies. These intervention strategies speculate on the architectures associated to the particularities of each site, and have the ambition of questioning contemporary modes of practice. Developed throughout a year after their selection through an International Call, they range from spatial strategies, typological variations, and material prototypes to digital platforms and legal propositions, among many others. They are being developed as built structures, 1:1 tests, scale models, and representations for public debate. Through this multiplicity of materials, each site is presented as as unstable node submitted to ongoing alterations and redefinitions.
The sites in Oslo and the Nordic region include: an apartment in Copenhagen rented through digital sharing platforms; a worker’s residence in Kirkenes, in the Arctic Region, on the Norwegian border with Russia; a transnational neighborhood that forms part of the Million Housing Programme on the outskirts of Stockholm; an asylum seekers’ reception center in Oslo; and the border spaces, technologies, and transit areas of the Oslo Airport in Gardermoen. The five global case studies include: a personal cubicle in a self storage facility in New York City; a house resulting from the remittances sent to the coffee growing region of Colombia; a patient room in the Dubai Health Care City; the technological spaces linking religious communities in Lagos; and an Italian textile factory in one of the biggest Chinatowns in Europe.
Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier (After Belonging Agency), Chief Curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016.