San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Clockwork Jerusalem In conversation
Thursday 9 October / 7pm / Free / Pre-booking essential
MK Gallery are delighted to be hosting the curators of this year’s British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Sam Jacob and Wouter Vantisphout, who will be discussing the development of their exhibition, A Clockwork Jerusalem, with Architectural Historian and Broadcaster, Kieran Long.
About the exhibition:
Commissioned by the British Council, A Clockwork Jerusalem explored how the international influences of Modernism became mixed with long standing British sensibilities. It examined how traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction were absorbed to create a specifically British form of Modernism.
The exhibition focussed on the mature flowering of British Modernism; the moment it was at its most ambitious socially, politically and architecturally, but which also witnessed its collapse. A variety of large scale projects, including Milton Keynes, offer insights into the way architecture was central to manufacturing a new vision of society at a scale inconceivable in today’s Britain. It explored how the modern future of Britain was built from an unlikely combination of interests and shows how these projects have changed our physical and imaginative landscapes.
Sam Jacob is a leading figure in the architecture and design industries. He was a founding director of FAT Architecture where he was responsible for a range of internationally acclaimed and award winning projects for clients including Igloo, Urban Splash, Selfridges and the BBC as well as local authorities and private clients. Alongside commercial work, many projects have been exhibited at leading galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The MAK in Vienna and at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Sam continues to design, write and curate, often in partnership with other agencies and institutions.
Sam is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Chicago, Director of Night School at the Architectural Association in London and Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. He is a columnist for Dezeen and Art Review and contributing editor to Icon. Sam is a regular participant in talks and events at venues including MoMA, ICA and the Southbank Centre.
Wouter Vanstiphout is a historian of architecture and Professor of Design and Politics at the Technical University of Delft, Delft since 2009. Previously he was visiting Professor of Geography, Landscape and Cities at the Akademie der Bildende, Vienna (2008-09) and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at Technical University, Berlin (2004-09). Vanstiphout is one of the founders of Crimson Architectural Historians research collective, Rotterdam. He is also a member of the Reflection team of VROM, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, The Hague and serves on the board of SKOR, Foundation Art and Public Space, Amsterdam.
Kieran Long is a writer, academic and broadcaster in London and the architecture critic of the Evening Standard newspaper. He began his career writing for architecture magazines, was the founding deputy editor of Icon magazine, and became editor of the Architects' Journal in 2007 and later editor in chief of the Architectural Review. He left these positions in December 2009 to work for the Evening Standard and to film the television series Restoration Home, the first series of which was aired on the BBC in Summer 2011. He has since filmed two further series of Restoration Home and is currently also filming another series, £100K House, for the BBC.
Alongside these commitments, he is the Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at the Victoria & Albert Museum and, in 2012, was the assistant director at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is also studying a PhD looking at the history and philosophy of context in London and writes for publications across the world including Volume, Form, Icon and Abitare.
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MK Gallery is a public purpose-built venue for changing exhibitions of international contemporary visual art.