The Hylozoic Ground Collaboration
Curated by Esther E. Shipman
August 18 - October 16, 2011
The Hylozoic Ground Collaboration demonstrates how a theoretical idea, propelled forward through ground breaking research, can lead to a promising new branch of contemporary architecture. It charts the fifteen year, multi-continent journey of Philip Beesley’s “Hylozoic Series” that culminated in the Canadian entry to the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010. The Hylozoic Ground Collaboration is Design at Riverside’s celebration and tribute to this exceptional body of work which weaves together structural engineering, artificial life science, hybrid architecture and art. The collaboration refers to the collective of designers within Philip Beesley’s studio, legions of dedicated students and volunteer teams, and to the ultimate fusion of expertise and innovation offered by primary collaborators such as Robert Gorbet and Rachel Armstrong.
This exhibition is a behind the scenes look at the sketch books, prototypes, drawings, and evolution of the elements that comprise the wonder and magic of Hylozoic Ground—a window into the intense research, experimentation, highly specialized technical expertise and countless hours behind the beauty and spectacle.
CATCH ALL THREE EVENTS:
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Key Collaborators Forum*: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Lecture: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:30pm
Admission is free, everyone is welcome.
*The Key Collaborators Forum brings together Hylozoic Ground's visionary team of experts including Philip Beesley (architect/artist, Canada), Dr. Robert Gorbet (engineer, Canada), and Dr. Rachel Armstrong (experimental chemist, United Kingdom), for a discussion on the implication of mixing and harnassing breakthroughs in art, engineering & science for creative endeavours. Followed by a book signing and reception in the gallery, sponsored by the Grand Valley Society of Architect
Design at Riverside would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council Program for the Promotion of Architecture for their contribution to the Hylozoic Ground Collaboration exhibition and the Grand Valley Society of Architects for their contribution to the Key Collaborators Forum.
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IMAGE: Phillip Beesley, The Hylozoic Ground (detail), 2010. Image courtesy of the architects. Photo: Pierre Charron.