The MIARD T4 design studio ‘Showing and Producing Architecture’ run by Marta M Roy Torrecilla, is focus this trimester on exhibit design -and more precisely on exhibiting architecture- as a spatial practice to display and produce content.
An essential part of the course is the contribution the students will do in November for the exhibition ‘Drawing Ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association’ curated by Riet Eeckhout and Arnaud Hendrickx at deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus in Antwerp.
If at the heart of any exhibition is the notion of communication, coming October 25th session will take the form of an open discussion forum where students will have to reflect on their curatorial strategies and the intended message of their designs.
Marina Otero Verzier, Director or Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, will share her experience and knowledge on exhibition models, curatorial practices, social experiments, as well as their legacy and political implications.
Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, where she leads research initiatives such as ‘Automated Landscapes,’ focusing on the emerging architectures of automated labour, and ‘Architecture of Appropriation,’ on squatting as spatial practice.
Otero is the curator of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2018. And with the After Belonging Agency, she was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, which addressed the implications of architecture in contemporary processes of displacement and identity construction. From 2011-2015 Otero was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, a global network of research laboratories for exploring the future of the built environment, which was launched by the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in 2008.
Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation, Design Trust, and the FAD Thought and Criticism Award, has been published in different books and journals. Otero has co-edited Promiscuous Encounters (GSAPP Books, 2014), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (Dpr-Barcelona, 2016), After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay In Transit (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016).
She currently teaches at ETSA Madrid and Royal College of Art in London. Otero studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. She completed her PhD at ETSAM in 2016. Her thesis ‘Evanescent Institutions’ examines the emergence of a new paradigms for cultural institutions, and in particular the political implications of temporal and itinerant structures.