This exhibition focuses on the innovative concepts and visionary projects of the English architectural group Archigram (Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb). Especially active during the years from 1961 to 1974, the London-based group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology.
The presentation of Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-74 was
organised by the Archigram Archives, London
In celebration of Plug In's 30th anniversary, the Institute is proud to present: ARCHIGRAM!
This exhibition focuses on the innovative concepts and visionary projects of the English architectural group Archigram (Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb). Especially active during the years from 1961 to 1974, the London-based group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions worldwide.
The significance of their work for the international community of architects has long been recognized; in the early 90s they were back in the focus of debates about future urban life. Thus, it comes as no surprise that their work should be presented in Winnipeg, a city at a significant crossroads in its development or devolution.
Herron, Crompton and Cook developed a sophisticated spatial exhibition structure arranging Archigram's work - more than 1000 original drawings and sketches, and over two dozen models. Concepts - Living City, the Woolands Plug'n Clip Room and the Harrod's 1990 House - which had formerly been translated into reality have been reconstructed. The significance of the drawings lies in the fact that they were not only important for the work within the group, but also had an influence on modern architectural drawing techniques and the structures they represented.
Fun, play and pleasure were the rationale for Archigram's projects, not as recreation, the pause that refreshes, between stretches of productive labour, but as an epistemology and an end in itself. From Concerning Archigram, edited by Dennis Crompton, published by Archigram Archives, London 1998.
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Established in 1972, Plug In - ICA was Manitoba's first artist-run centre. For over 25 years, Plug In - ICA has played a central role in creating a living culture in Manitoba, placing the art practise of our province within the context of world contemporary art.
Event coincides with the Royal Canadian Architectural Association meeting in Winnipeg June 5-8.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 5
Istitute of Contemporary Arts
286 McDermot Ave Winnipeg,
Manitoba R3B 0T2, CANADA