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BornHouse

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VHUTEMAS gallery, Moscow Institute of Architecture   1 march 2007 — 1 april 2007

curator

  • Yuri Avvakumov

coordinators

  • Anna Gainutdinova
  • Maria Troshina

project description

BornHouse, the name of the exhibition, is a metaphor of form for the birth of a new form (Yuri Avvakumov). The first maternity homes/hospitals in Russia and the world in general made their appearance in the middle of the XVIII century, and were initially for those women who wanted to give birth in secret, illegitimately or not wanting to keep the child. Secrecy has been maintained behind the closed doors of the maternity homes even up to the present day, for outwardly they were not in the least different from other houses in which people lived or convalesced. . From those long ago times architects have not thought of anything more adequate than nature for giving birth to new life, apart from the medical conveyor belt. . How newborn babies perceive (hear, see, smell) the space in which they first see the light of day is one question. Whether the new architectural form should be anthropomorphic of the newborn is another question. Participants were not asked as a matter of course to design a genuine maternity home. Participants were entitled to submit for the exhibition any object (found or designed) which corresponds to the name and trope of the exhibition, with the desirable condition that the exhibit is comparable in terms of weight and dimensions with the height and weight of a newborn child.

artists

  • Evgeny Aess
  • Art-Blya studio (Mikhail Labazov, Andrey Savin, Andrey Cheltsov)
  • Yuri Avvakumov
  • Timur Bashkaev
  • Alexander Brodsky
  • Raoul Bunschoten
  • Gary Chang
  • Adriaan Geuze
  • Obledenenie arkhitektorov group (Ilya Voznesensky and Alexei Kononenko)
  • Alexei Kozyr
  • Totan Kuzembaev
  • Yuri Kuzin
  • Meganom Project (Yuri Grigoryan and Alexandra Pavlova)
  • Peter Mrkli
  • Laurids Ortner
  • Vladimir Plotkin
  • Hani Rashid
  • Vladislav Savinkin and Vladimir Kuzmin
  • Sergey Skuratov
  • Sergey Tchoban
  • Stuart Veech and Maria Kosmachiova
  • vydavy sindikat




A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is coming out on the 1st March.






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