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  • Gallery 101 and Carleton University School of Architecture co-present.

    Vito Acconci (Brooklyn, New York)
    Monday, September 16, 2002, 6PM
    Vito Acconci’s work began as fiction and poetry, which treated the page as a self-enclosed space for writer and reader to travel through. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, he began using performance, film and video as instruments of self-analysis and person-to-person relationships. In the early 80’s, participatory sculpture made performative spaces for viewers, whose activity resulted in the construction and deconstruction of houses. The work evolved into architecture and landscape design, and at the end of the 80’s, he started Acconci Studio, a group of architects who design public places, furniture and vehicles, both built and theoretical. Recently built projects are: a movable landscape for the courtyard of the Buildings Department Administration Building, Munich; a bench in the form of a Möbius strip, Fukuroi City, Japan; a lighting system for the San Francisco Airport; a seating system for the 161st Street Subway Station, Bronx, NY; Kenny Schachter conTEMP, a gallery in New York.

    Gilles Saucier (Montréal)
    Monday, September 30, 2002, 6PM
    Gilles Saucier founded Saucier and Perrotte Architects, Montreal, with Andre Perrotte in 1988. The themes that characterize their office’s work — an interest in occupants’ movement through space and the experiential and spatial rapport that can be established to urban space — is reflected in their educational and cultural buildings. Their recent work includes the school of architecture for the Université de Montréal, the recently completed First Nations Pavilion at Montreal’s Botanical Garden, and the design for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. Their work has been extensively published both nationally and internationally and has received numerous design awards including three Governor General Awards and a current Progressive Architecture Award.

    Adrian Blackwell (Toronto)
    Monday, October 21, 2002, 6PM
    Adrian Blackwell makes sculptures, takes photographs, and teaches architecture and urban design at the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo. He is actively involved in the annual Reclaim the Streets event and the radical planning organization Planning Action, both in Toronto. He built "Model for a Public Space" at Mercer Union in Toronto (2000), installed "Public Water Closet" outside Gallery 101 in Ottawa (1998), and "How to open a car like a book" as part of the Hamilton Art Gallery's outdoor project, Centrifugal (1999). In 2001, his pinhole series, "Evicted May 1, 2000 (9 Hanna Avenue)", showed both in Substitute City at the Power Plant in Toronto and at a better place at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina.

    Lucy Orta (Paris, France)
    Monday, November 25, 2003, 6PM
    Lucy Orta produces temporary mobile architecture for nomadic populations (Refuge Wear, Collective Wear, Nexus Architecture). Her structures transform variously into poetic items of clothing, sleeping bags, first aid units, and tent domes with protruding appendages for heads, feet, and hands. She has built her projects with the active participation of members of diverse communities in France, South Africa, Australia, the USA, Mexico, Bolivia, and elsewhere. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world, including the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan; Secession, Vienna; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Cartier Foundation, Paris; and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

    Jan-Erik Andersson (Turku, Finland)
    Monday, January 13, 2003, 6PM
    Jan-Erik Andersson's performances, sculptures, installations, new media and architectural projects evolve around life's main energies: love, eating, cleaning, and communication. In his collaborations with architect Erkki Pitkäranta, under the name of Rosegarden, he has been exploring the possibilities for architecture to combine more organic forms, a livlier imagination, and a more colourful outlook with functionality. He uses fairy tales and stories, which he writes himself or with the buildings' users, as a starting point and inspiration for structures and interiors. Rosegarden has built houses (The Cumin House, The Flower House), offices and interiors all over Finland. Andersson has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, in France, Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, and Italy, and in the USA and Brazil.

    Anne Cormier (Montréal)
    Monday, January 27, 2003, 6PM
    Anne Cormier is an architect and a founding member of Atelier Big City. She is a professor at the Université de Montréal. With Atelier Big City she has taken part in numerous projects such as the Centre d'interprétation du Bourg de Pabos, which have received both Governor General Awards and Architectural Association of Quebec prizes. Atelier Big City is a participant in Laboratories organized by the Canadian Center for Architecture; their explorations of contemporary urban infrastructure and development have recently led them to a successful competition for redevelopment work at Montreal’s Place des Arts.

    Brigitte Shim (Toronto)
    February 10, 2003, 6PM
    Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe based in Toronto, an architecture and design firm interested in the integration of furniture, architecture and landscape. Their work has been honoured with six Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Governor General’s Medal’s and Awards for Architecture along with awards from the American Institute of Architects, Architectural Record Interiors, and I.D. Magazine Design Review. Recent projects include Ledbury Park, Toronto, and the Moorelands Camp Dining Hall, Haliburton, Ontario. Their furniture has represented Canadian design in international exhibitions. She is a faculty member at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and is currently teaching at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne.

    Peter Cardew (Vancouver)
    March 10, 2003, 6PM
    Peter Cardew is Principal of Vancouver-based Peter Cardew Architects. His work of the past twenty years includes a wide range of building types including schools, exhibition buildings, housing, libraries, and art galleries. Works such as his Stone Band school, False Creek Housing, and Forestry Centre Addition are representative of the way he joins analyses of local contexts and vernacular building with sophisticated building technology. His works have received international recognition through awards and publications. He has also held the position of Chairman of the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel and has taught and lectured extensively in North and South America and in Europe. A retrospective exhibition of his work is currently touring cities in North America and Europe.

    Marko Peljhan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
    March 31, 2003, 6PM
    Marko Peljhan's artistic productions are based on modular architecture, encrypted high frequency, short-wave communication, sustainable energy and food production, networks and integration systems, publications and lectures. Makrolab, first realized at Documenta X in Kassel (1997), is an information base and self-sustained environment, a processual work-machine whose aim is to research telecommunications, weather systems and migrations from an isolated/insulated reflective environment. It employs satellite receivers, microwave links, short-wave radio and network connections, as well as space-control data for representations of air traffic and routing. In 2007, Makrolab will be placed in the Antarctic as a permanent art/science station. Peljhan has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout eastern and western Europe, Japan, Australia, the USA, and more.

    Forum Lecture Series 2002-03.
    All lectures are held in the main foyer of the Carleton University School of Architecture (1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa Ontario K1S 5B6 CANADA). Open to the general public, admission is free. For more information, please call Gallery 101 at 613.230.2799 or email architecture@carleton.ca.