Motion Matters

UNStudio, Amsterdam


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Exhibition: May 18 - July 4, 2013
Opening: Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:30 PM

This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of:

For many years UNStudio has been investigating the potential of temporary installations as an experimental testing ground for manifold architectural concerns and it is these investigations that form the basis of the exhibition ‘Motion Matters’. The exhibition presents ten of UNStudio’s milestone projects, in addition to conveying their perspective on 25 years of architectural production, their current approach to architectural practice and the wider discourse that determines design challenges today.
UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is a Dutch architectural practice specialising in architecture, urban development and infrastructural projects with offices in Amsterdam and Shanghai.

The effects of situation, light, colour, and material on viewer perception are tested in a spatial installation of shifting perspectives. Within a trajectory of transitional spaces, optical illusions and trompe l’oeil effects are brought to contemporary structures, generating an experience that negotiates the ideal and the relational. The many interactions possible between building, programme and user which can engage the public in a dynamic and challenging confrontation is a key element in UNStudio's designs. The exhibit itself is not merely a showcase, nor an object to passively observe, but instead interacts with the visitor whilst simultaneously demanding active participation in order to create a spatial and dynamic experience.

At an almost 1:1 scale the visitor can, as it were, step into the projects on display: these include the Burnham Pavilion (Millennium Park, Chicago, USA), the Centre for Virtual Engineering - ZVE (Fraunhofer Institute, Stuttgart, Germany),  the Theatre Agora (Lelystad, Netherlands), the Galleria Centercity (Cheonan, Korea), the Arnhem Central - Platform Roofs (Arnhem, Netherlands), the MUMUTH Music Theatre (Graz, Austria), the Holiday Home (ICA, Philadelphia, USA), the Education Executive Agency & Tax Offices (Groningen, Netherlands), the Haus am Weinberg (Stuttgart, Germany), and the Mercedes-Benz Museum (Stuttgart, Germany).

In addition to the primary focus on these key projects, a more detailed view is generated by means of five thematic threads which bind the projects together along a three-dimensional ribbon which meanders through the exhibition space. These threads consist of numerous small images which afford the reading of the various relationships between the exhibited projects within a larger context of inspiration, debate and realization processes and provide insight into the knowledge driven nature of UNStudio’s practice.

Credits: photographs of the exhibtion by Christian Richters and Ronald Tilleman.

Speaking at the opening will be:

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin

Dr. Bart Hofstede, Head of Press and Culture Department, Dutch Embassy Berlin
Daniel Birnbaum, Director Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm
Ben van Berkel, Co-Founder and Principal Architect, UNStudio
Caroline Bos, Co-Founder and Principal Urban Planner, UNStudio


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