A Stable World That Will Last Forever on view in Vancouver

A Stable World That Will Last Forever is a constructed portrait of Vancouver by Krista Jahnke, in collaboration with HCMA | AIR, displayed at the Olympic Village Station on the Canada Line until April 2015. The composition uses recognizable Vancouver architectural elements organized into a new configuration, which allows the viewer to imagine our city within a new landscape and context. By rearranging line, space and forms that communicate the power of architecture within the environment and how people interact with both, the piece invites viewers to envision Vancouver from a different perspective while circulating through the city.

The piece is inspired by the languages of propaganda and graphic art favoured by the Italian Superstudio from the 1960s. Rather than casually viewing architecture as a benevolent force, the members of Superstudio blamed it for having aggravated the world’s social and environmental problems, while being equally pessimistic about politics. The group’s once radical theories about architecture’s environmental impact, the potentially negative consequences of technology, and the inability of politics to untangle complex social problems are now considered to be core concerns by self-aware, contemporary architects and designers. The piece examines the relationship between environment, architecture and society in the modern city and addresses the complex role of their interconnectivity and dependency.

Krista Jahnke received her BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University in 2009 and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Ottawa’s Carleton University in 2007. Jahnke’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and public spaces. In 2009 Jahnke’s series Same Soup Different Flavour: 100 Pairs of Converse Shoes was part of a year-long exhibition at Vancouver’s Burrard SkyTrain Station and is now part of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation permanent collection. Currently, Jahnke’s photography series Drive In is installed at Main Street SkyTrain Station until spring/summer 2015. Additionally, Jahnke’s architectural photography was incorporated into the 2012 documentary Coast Modern and was included in the group exhibition Photography and the West Coast Modern House at the Charles H. Scott Gallery.

Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program was developed by the firm in 2014 as part of a broad strategy to examine the potential of the practice’s work to contribute to social sustainability goals. HCMA | AIR is meant to stimulate discussion and challenge preconceptions about the limits of arc limits of architectural practice. The program invites artists to investigate the interface between the public realm and people through an exploration of the boundaries between architecture and the artist’s creative field.