MIKE NELSON / ADRIAAN BEUKERS

Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!

Mike Nelson
Wednesday, 24th January, 19h, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Mike Nelson creates large-scale architectural installations, transforming existing spaces with meticulous constructions made from found objects. He fuses an encyclopedic range of references into three-dimensional narratives. By littering his works with pertinent objects, he aims to provoke viewers into questioning their individual standpoints; he relies on the viewer's involvement to continue or complete the scene. Only the fully mental and physical involvement with the installation offers all perspectives to the audience - an sculptural all-over-experience.

Mike Nelson lives and works in London and Edinburgh. In 2001 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2001, for the 'haunting resonance of his architectural installations,' as seen in his contributions to the British Art Show and Another Place, a National Touring Exhibition. He is amongst others research fellow at the College of Art Edinburgh and Lecturer at the CCA and RCA in London.

the Architecture Class presents:

Prof. Adriaan Beukers, Faculty Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft: [ The Spirit Of Lightness ]
Thursday, 25th January, 19h, Aula

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

Professor Adriaan Beukers is responsible for the research and development of lightweight structures at TU Delft's Aerospace Engineering Faculty. Beukers' passion for innovation inspired him to co-author two books with Ed van Hinte on the subject of composite materials. This is a specialist area in which Beukers truly excels, having been a consultant to both designers and architects. Both of Beukers' books, 'Lightness', and his most recent book, 'Flying Lightness', explore the possibilities of how composite materials can help reduce our impact on the environment.

Beukers is focused on fighting to change the way the Western world uses energy, materials and cheap labour, without considering the consequences. "Lightness," he exclaims, "can help us in achieving more energy efficiency. We currently have an unbalanced ratio, and we're heading for climate change and other dire implications. If not altered, we'll end with the depletion of fossils fuel, and then we'll either have to change our transportation systems, stop them completely or change our mindset, as transport can be drastically improved." Beukers also works closely with his aerospace engineering students to find new solutions, such as a new and safer Liquified Petroleum Gas canister for automobiles, or a small composite pillow bag that when inflated with air can raise a weight of up to 131 tons. This solution is widely used in emergencies, such as after an earthquake or a terrorist attack that collapses buildings.

The Städelschule Architecture Class Lecture Series is supported by the Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen.