Skin Peep 2009

How does one set up an exhibition showcasing both the architectural works produced by their studio and the underlying processes which bring them into being?

How does one effectively exhibit his elaborate design process, the research & presentation work, complex project documentation, coordination & meetings – all into one show?

After copious meetings and discussions, we decided to simply take the lot outside our comfort zone, and construct a temporary studio inside the museum itself to literally house this process and the people behind it, allowing visitors to peep in and watch the team at work.

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Sponsored by iCentre,  Light Projects, BSL Ltd., Ballut Blocks, Doneo.

 

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Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. (Mies van der Rohe)

We like this famous quote, but it wasn’t too influential on our choice of materials. We wanted to present the raw, often disliked, concrete brick in a new light. The brick provides holes for our audience to peep in, whilst their harsh skin provides protection to keep them out. The bricks were all recycled back into the industry. The concealed timber supporting them was actual recycled formwork from one of our sites.

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. (Voltaire)

The idea of living and working in an art museum for a month, under the gaze of strangers, might have been regarded as exhibitionist behaviour. We tended to look at it as experimental motivation. Not so much for us (our inspiration comes from a dozen other influences, sometimes the most bizarre) but more for our viewers. From the press coverage received, it seemed that our unorthodox workspace inspired the mainstream enthusiast.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo da Vinci)

 We do not think our work is minimal, or that it follows any particular style, but as our temporary, monolithic pavilion probably typified in its own right, we tend to try making things look simple.

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SKIN PEEP 2009

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How does one set up an exhibition showcasing both the architectural works produced by their studio and the underlying processes which bring them into being?

How does one effectively exhibit his elaborate design process, the research & presentation work, complex project documentation, coordination & meetings – all into one show?

After copious meetings and discussions, we decided to simply take the lot outside our comfort zone, and construct a temporary studio inside the museum itself to literally house this process and the people behind it, allowing visitors to peep in and watch the team at work.

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. (Mies van der Rohe)

We like this famous quote, but it wasn’t too influential on our choice of materials. We wanted to present the raw, often disliked, concrete brick in a new light. The brick provides holes for our audience to peep in, whilst their harsh skin provides protection to keep them out. The bricks were all recycled back into the industry. The concealed timber supporting them was actual recycled formwork from one of our sites.

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Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. (Voltaire)

The idea of living and working in an art museum for a month, under the gaze of strangers, might have been regarded as exhibitionist behaviour. We tended to look at it as experimental motivation. Not so much for us (our inspiration comes from a dozen other influences, sometimes the most bizarre) but more for our viewers. From the press coverage received, it seemed that our unorthodox workspace inspired the mainstream enthusiast.

SKINPEEP INFO

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo da Vinci)

 We do not think our work is minimal, or that it follows any particular style, but as our temporary, monolithic pavilion probably typified in its own right, we tend to try making things look simple.

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PROJECT TEAM: Chris Briffa, Darren Cortis, Sandro Valentino, Sarah Crockford, Matthew Casha, Justin Schembri, Francois Mangion, Marcia Calleja Haber, Silvio Bartolo, Sylvan Attard, Paul Cortis.

Sponsored by iCentre,  Light Projects, BSL Ltd., Ballut Blocks, Doneo.