We are happy to announce that Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli (Socks-Studio / Microcities) will contribute as content curators to “The Form of Form“, one of the three main exhibitions of the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which will take place in Lisbon between Oct, 6th and Dec, 11th, 2016. Directed by chief curators Diogo Seixas Lopes and André Tavares, the 4th edition of the Triennale (also named: “The Form of Form”) “aims to readdress current trends and explore the possibility of architecture as a cultural device to produce built forms. In other words, it aims to explore the ways in which architecture transforms the world.”
“The Form of Form”, the exhibition for which we will curate the content, accompanied by the design and constructions by Kersten Geers (Office KGDVS), Mark Lee (Johnston Marklee) and Nuno Brandão Costa, explores one of architecture’s fundamental legacies: “its own form. Not only is history built from this visual universe, but form is also a common language that aggregates architects from all over the world around a collective conversation. In this exhibition, which starts from a potentially infinite archive, three architects build a dialog that challenges notions of authorship and the limits of form.”
From the 2016 Lisbon Triennale Press Kit:
This exhibition will explore the nature of the architectural form. From elaborate linguistic proposals to purely abstract concepts, each project features its own formal configuration.
Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli were invited to reflect upon a selection of examples from the Socks platform (www.socks-studio.com), which was founded by them. They highlight the permanency of form and its capacity to bring together a group of values in any visible thing. The Socks format has evolved during the years, from the original idea to an online magazine, becoming a basis to the speculation and discussion, taking advantage of Microcities studio’s architecture projects.
Functioning as a “conversation”, the narrative of the exhibition is articulated around several spaces that are born from some of the architectural projects of Kersten Geers, Mark Lee and Nuno Brandão Costa, responsible for the exhibition project. Each of the spaces that will be created is intended to receive the contents selected from the extensive Socks database.
Curated by Diogo Seixas Lopes, the exhibition The Form of Form is perceived as a process that comprises three preliminary workshops. The final result seeks to be a “space of meeting” capable of demonstrating the meaning of form in architectural drawing, in the past, present and future.
The language of architecture will be explored through the sampling of constructive drawings, landscape interventions, urban patterns, artistic researches, amongst other things. Originated in different times and regions of the world, the content stresses what remains and what varies, as well as marking the analogies and affinities in the creation of the environment that is built. Organized from twelve intertwined spaces, each one will integrate images connected to a core, in interconnection with the others in a continuity of works that relate to each other through affinity or opposition. The exhibition presents itself on a continuous path that can be tried through different routes.
We are also happy to share the spaces of the Triennale with Fabrizio Gallanti and Francisca Insulza of Fig Projects, curators of “The World in Our Eyes“, an exhibition aiming to display “how architects observe, describe, analyse and represent the city“. Building Sites, curated by André Tavares, will complete the curatorial effort with a show about the building site, seen as the place where technology, economy, politics and design finally converge and deploy.
The Triennale will be enriched by a series of conferences and debates ( Talks Talks Talks), many other exhibitions scattered over the territory of the city (Satellites), a book, associated projects selected from a Call for projects and many awards, among which one, the Début Award, dedicated to young architects.