This exhibition of our work was hosted at University of Texas School of Architecture at Austin. Freestanding seven-foot-tall partitions are wrapped with images of the firm’s projects, built work on one side and proposed projects on the other. These objects floated in the gallery space and were rotated midway through the show to display two groupings of projects.
An exhibition of architecture inherently creates a separation between the viewer and the work. The experience is not of the space, but a representation. The organization of this exhibit intensifies that separation.
Upon entering any of the three doors to the gallery, the viewer is denied access after only a few steps. One is immediately confronted by a barrier disrupting the traditional flow of circulation. Just inside the first two doors, an information desk creates a balcony from which to view the show. The gallery becomes a stage for the projects, creating an ensemble from distinct projects.
The third door opens onto a bench holding books featuring our collective body of work. Complete access is again subverted; the bench, though it is in the gallery, is oriented back towards the hallway and main path of students and faculty. The realms of process and object, visual and data information, dialogue and everyday patterns, are delineated and restricted to create a more complex and engaging experience.