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Is This Tomorrow? - Whitechapel Gallery

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Whitechapel gallery, invites architects and artists to work collaboratively and offer their visions on how future should be. As humanity engages with the world, they face unprecedented challenges such as climate change and bioengineering which affects the new architecture and design.




Is This Tomorrow? exhibition is a re- creation of This is Tomorrow (1956) which was for the 20th century in the Whitechapel Gallery. Is This Tomorrow exhibition features different architects to design pieces and proposition in response to the issues we face today. Some projects are imaginative pieces of animals and humans share the same spaces where past cultural traditions provide future insights of living.


Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Zineb Sedira

Borders/ Inclusivity


This sculpture attempts to block movement of people, goods and information between nation states and public/ private zones. Farshid states " Borders due block free movement but cannot connect societies. Diversity of ideas, people and things exist at molecular scale in every city. The sculpture contains 9 turnstyles, where some rotates to a single direction and some on both sides. These accesses are usually used in stadiums, transport systems and construction sites for high security. You can go inside the installation and go through the turnstyles, hearing the recorded sounds, electronic and natural sounds including bird chirping and alarms.


Enclosure

6a Architects Amalia Pica



6a architects and artists Amalia Pica consider the physical connotations of animal architecture, creating a maze like structure made from sheep management system. On the sides of the maze, there are animal related objects, including buoys used to entertain captive seals, devised objects from pigs's amusement, a cattle feeding bin and hamster tunnel. When creating this installation, the company researched the game snakes and ladders, the eleventh century Bayeux tapestry and proverbs about animals.


'A world that is both emotional and conceptual.'



Mind Garden, Heart Garden Mariana Castillo Deball & Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

Deball's sculptural work relating to the Mesoamerican calendar, is brought together with Bilbao's architectural exploration of the isolated yet communally connected human.


Mind Garden, Heart reflects on our relation to time and how spaces are inhibited and can be designed for living based on shared activities.

The metal beams that intersect the structure correspond to the first page of the Codex Fejervary- Mayer, a Pre Hispanic codes from the central Mexico which is a ritual calendar of 260 days formed by the combination of twenty names of days and thirteen numbers of days.


Each spatial coordinate refers to a colour "east - red",  north - yellow, west - green and south - blue. The complete installation relates to a space that corresponds to a year in the ritual calendar.



The Salvator Mundi Experience

David Kohn Architects

Simon Fujiwara


A miniature museum is created offering the opportunity to experience Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, which broke records for the highest price paid for an artwork auction.


Their investigation led them to Abu Dhabi and the new Louvre museum where Salvator Mundi was due to be displayed.


Housed in a model building composed entirely of sampled architecture devoted to a masterpiece that only appears a replica or projection, The Salvator Mundi Experience explores the plausible proposition of a world 'post - art' or post architecture even post culture.




Petite 2001

Dominique Gonzalez Foerster

Single channel video projection, an aluminium frame with glass panels, linoleum lamp and blanket.

The spatial ambiguities in this work serve to draw the viewer into a mysterious space in which figments of a child's imagination - including trees, buildings, people emerge and disappear behind her.


The room Dominique created are from a series of rooms dating from the 1990's, which evoke different atmospheres, periods and emotions. The artist considers these fictional domestic environments as in between spaces bridging our mental space and the external world.




So, I am asking... IS THIS TOMORROW?


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