June 20, 2015
by Canadian Architect
A groundbreaking exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago features five ultra-current practitioners alongside works from its vast collection of architecture and design in Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, on view in the Architecture and Design galleries in the museum’s Modern Wing from April 11-July 12, 2015.
The exhibition focuses on the creative process of architectural firms Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio and highlights how they conceive new designs and ideas that reflect upon and expand the legacy of their field.
The exhibition was conceived to explore the perpetual conversation between present and past in architecture: Technology has profoundly influenced society and the discipline of architecture, yet even as contemporary architects experiment with new methods and media, their work is not divorced from history; they reference, reimagine and build from the history of the field.
Chatter: Architecture Talks Back argues that the architectural past is recombined and reconveyed with modern punctuation. Chatter is the way in which contemporary conversations are created. Chatter can be critical; it can rely on and question the history of architecture. Technology impacts the way architects communicate their ideas, and in these conversations, social media, like Instagram and Twitter, serve not only as outlets for communication but provide a framework for how architects’ work is produced and presented.
This exhibition looks to inspire audiences to understand how new ideas in architecture develop, what context stimulates the open-ended dialogue, and how contemporary society has influenced communication. Using a range of representational methods and formats, from drawings done by hand to those enabled by robots, from graphic novels to digital simulations, the works on view embrace both age-old and cutting-edge technologies and invite the audience to engage with the architectonic timeline. The architects featured in this exhibition exemplify how chatter can be linked to current practices in architecture.
For more information, please visit www.artic.edu/exhibition/chatter-architecture-talks-back
chatter: architecture talks back