• Hard Engineering: Propositions for Future Ruins

Joseph-Lester, Jaspar, Prinz, Susanne and Westerman, Julie, 2017, Show, Exhibition or Event, Hard Engineering: Propositions for Future Ruins

Abstract or Description:

Increasingly produced and experienced outside the gallery, art often takes the form of interventions in public spaces to create critical responses and insights into urban change. These practices explore how the urban environment is produced by everyday acts and how the city is constructed from material and immaterial structures of civic organisation, representation, power and control. Hard Engineering addresses these issues with critical cartographies that explore how we think about navigating the city. These take the form of maps, charts and urban guides, films, sound works and installation that assess how counter-narratives, contested histories and marginalised memories can be revived and redeployed within a range of urban contexts undergoing rapid transformation.

The exhibition at Museu Nacional De Historia Natural e da Ciencia includes six visual and text guides to Lisbon that are the result of new collaborations across a broad range of disciplines (Art, Architecture, Civic Engineering, Physical and Human Geography and Social Anthropology). The guides set out to re-imagine the contemporary urban environment by exploring overlooked livelihoods, traces of profound social mutation, and the scars of past natural disasters (earthquakes, climate change), economic crisis (industrial decline, poverty) and human conflict (the aftermath of war, migration). They address sites whose relation to the past is now unclear, focusing on fragments of architecture and municipal ruins to suggest possible future models of use. The video installation, situated in the main riding hall, extends these themes and approaches with a work made collaboratively by the artists involved in the city guides. The videos are projected onto a large tarpaulin sheet, the ubiquitous temporary dressing of any city that is undergoing ‘regeneration’. This installation offers short moving-image episodes of transformation and decline, thoughts and propositions for identifying and navigating the future ruins of the city.

ArtistKiaer, Ian
ArtistNoronha Feio, Carlos
ArtistSantos, Miguel
ArchitectRoseta, Filipa
CollaboratorMarcal, Sofia
Book designerRufino, Pedro
EngineerAmaral Ferreira, Mónica
ArchitectZamarbide, Daniel
Scientific advisorWainwright, John
CollaboratorSkinner, Johnathan
CollaboratorLeitão, Bruno
CollaboratorJecu, Marta
Hard Engineering: Propositions for Future RuinsLisbon29 Sept - 5 Nov 2017Museum/exhibition
Official URL: http://www.museus.ulisboa.pt/en/node/1849
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: CIAUD
Funders: The National Museum of Natural History and Science, The Royal College of Art, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Oxford
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 21:44
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 15:27
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3260
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