March 30, 2010
by Canadian Architect
This exhibition reveals how the exploration of space has informed the rediscovery of earth, and illustrates the importance of pursuing an architecture based on the production of ideas. The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents three approaches to the ideas of an adventurous journey that started 40 years ago after the 1969 moon landing. Featuring the work of architects Greg Lynn, Michael Maltzan and Alessandro Poli, Other Space Odysseys comes at a time when space exploration is the subject of renewed enthusiasm, but also of debate which questions its justification. Scientific expeditions, satellite launches, and the emergence of space tourism are pushing us to reconsider our relationship with our own planet.
For these architects, space has provided not only a rich context for experimentation, but also an extreme condition in which to test new ideas for life on earth. The exhibition, on view at the CCA from April 8 until September 6, 2010, is curated by CCA Curator of Contemporary Architecture Giovanna Borasi and CCA Director and Chief Curator Mirko Zardini, in active collaboration with the architects.
Other Space Odysseys presents the architects’ projects in two galleries each, adjacent and open to one another in order to establish relationships among their respective works. This format produces a conversation between the architects’ work, expanding to create a broader and more complex reflection on the themes of the exhibition. The idea of space exploration provoked these architects to use new and different media for disseminating their ideas: models, collages, animation, and objects supplant more traditional two-dimensional forms of representation.
Accordingly, Other Space Odysseys presents a wide array of material, both real and virtual, from the simple tools of a farmer to the digital animation of a science fiction film. The architects have worked to select the material and present concepts through the exhibition design. The graphic design for the exhibition, by the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based designer Alex DeArmond, is inspired by the long distances, intersecting geometries, and nebulous lighting inherent in space exploration.
Commenting on the exhibition, Mirko Zardini stated: “Other Space Odysseys has nothing to do with space architecture or architecture in outer space. It is not a celebration of high-tech architecture and imagery or extreme physical and mental conditions. Instead, this exhibition proposes a letting go of architecture understood as the production of material goods in favour of architecture as the production of ideas.”
Greg Lynn, Michael Maltzan, and Alessandro Poli have developed unique and imaginative responses to the questions of space travel and the inhabitation of new, extraterrestrial realities. Their odysseys, real and virtual, ultimately promise a rediscovery of our own planet.
For more information, please visit www.cca.qc.ca/system/items/4126/original/CCA_Other_Space_Odysseys_Press_Release.pdf