ACUPUNCTURE. THE ARCHITECTURE OF CA2M IN TRANSITION
1st PHASE NOVEMBER 2016
Andres Jaque/Office for Political Innovation
CA2M will be working for the first time with the architecture of its building, but not in the form of an exhibition of scale models and plans, but by making the architecture happen live, like art happened live previously in Per/Form or in the Los Torreznos exhibitions. Office for Political Innovation, directed by the architect Andrés Jaque –a lecturer at Columbia University and the most visible face of new architecture in Spain – will be in charge of undertaking a series of exercises in architectural acupuncture in the museum. These painless actions, affecting specific points throughout its various spaces, will enable CA2M to adapt its architecture to uses that have become part of its everyday operation after its first eight years of life.
The project will be carried out in various phases throughout the next few years. Subtle changes will be introduced in the initial phase, renovating and making better use of different spaces that will revitalise the building. Subsequent phases will enact another series of interventions in areas such as the façade and lobby of the museum, as well as internal working spaces that call for new uses.
During this first phase of the process, various artists will carry out artistic gestures in several spaces that will have exhibition effects in different places: ranging from the Convention on the Use of Space by Adelita Husni-Bey to an intervention on signage by Dora García and Olga Subirós; from the invention of new forms of mobile display by Sergio Prego to the continuation of our collection capsules, as well as the exhibition Collection XIV: Public which wishes to cast light on how the art centre’s collection is growing by showing its developments over the last year. The museum will take on life as its appearance gradually changes: a process in transition during which “everything must change so that everything stays the same.”
For safety reasons, the museum will be closed for a brief period of time during the most complicated part of the works, although the museum’s programmed activities will take place as normal in different venues in the city.
Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation is best known for landmark designs such as COSMO NY, Escaravox, House in Never Never Land and Plasencia Clergy House. In 2016 it received the Frederick Kiesler Prize, the most important award for architectural experimentation. It has also received the Silver Lion at the XIV Venice Biennale, the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize and the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Award.
Its work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, ZKM in Karlsruhe, MAK in Vienna, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, London Design Museum, Museo Jumex and Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum in Basel. With offices in New York and in Madrid, it is currently working on projects in UK, USA, Turkey, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and Norway.