The Hylozoic Ground Collaboration at Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside

The Hylozoic Ground Collaboration demonstrates how a theoretical idea, propelled forward through groundbreaking research, can lead to a promising new branch of contemporary architecture. It charts the 15-year multi-continent journey of Philip Beesley’s “Hylozoic Series” that culminated in the Canadian entry to the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010. Curated by Philip Beesley and Esther Shipman, The Hylozoic Ground Collaboration is Design at Riverside’s celebration and tribute to this exceptional body of work which weaves together structural engineering, artificial life science, hybrid architecture and art. The collaboration refers to the collective of designers within Philip Beesley’s studio, legions of dedicated students and volunteer teams, and to the ultimate fusion of expertise and innovation offered by primary collaborators such as Robert Gorbet and Rachel Armstrong.

Running from August 21 to October 2, 2011, this exhibition is a behind-the-scenes look at the sketchbooks, prototypes, drawings, and evolution of the elements that comprise the wonder and magic of Hylozoic Ground – a window into the intense research, experimentation, highly specialized technical expertise and countless hours behind the beauty and spectacle.

The opening reception takes place on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30pm, followed by a Key Collaborators’ Forum on Friday, September 30th at 6:30pm. A lecture takes place on Thursday, October 13th at 6:30pm. Frank and open discussions focusing on the implication of mixing art and science will occur between Hylozoic Ground‘s visionary team of Philip Beesley (artist and architect), Robert Gorbet (engineer), Rachel Armstrong (experimental chemist), followed by book signing and refreshments at Design at Riverside. Admission is free, everyone is welcome.

Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside is located at 7 Melville Street South in Cambridge, Ontario. For more information, please visit