Peter Fischli & Hans-Ulrich Obrist: Why Airports?

Peter Fischli und Hans-Ulrich Obrist: Why airports?
Samstag, 28. Juni 2014, 16 Uhr, Aula

In Zusammenarbeit mit SAC – Städelschule Architecture Class.
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

Peter Fischli and Hans-Ulrich Obrist will talk about the exhibition Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price – A stroll through a fun palace at the Swiss Pavilion, curated by Obrist in frame of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 2014.

In a digital time of unlimited access to information, where everyone can be an architect, a curator, an intellectual thinker, Obrist revisits the recent past of architecture through retrospectives of Lucius Burckhardt (1925–2003) and Cedric Price (1934–2003), reflecting on its future in the 21st century. Lucius Burckhardt was a Swiss political economist, sociologist, art historian and planning theorist, known as founding father of ‘strollology’ – his science of the walk. He pioneered an interdisciplinary analysis of man-made environments, discussing both the visible and invisible aspects of our cities, landscapes, political processes and social relations, as well as the long-term effects of design and planning decisions. Cedric Price was guided by a fundamental belief that architecture must ‘enable people to think the unthinkable’. His project Fun Palace (1960–61), conceived as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘university of the streets’, though never realised, established him as one of the UK’s most innovative and thought-provoking architects.

Hans Ulrich Obrist *1968 in Zurich, Switzerland, is co-director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup’ (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 exhibitions. Obrist’s recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating But Were Afraid to Ask, Do It: The Compendium, Think Like Clouds, Ai Weiwei Speaks, Sharp Tongues – Loose Lips – Open Eyes – Ears to the Ground, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series.

Peter Fischli *1952 in Switzerland is an artist based in Zurich and Professor for Fine Art at the Städelschule since 2013.

Das Gespräch findet in englischer Sprache statt.