Architect: Andrés Jaque Architects & the Office for Political Innovation
Architect director: Andrés Jaque Architects & the Office for Political Innovation
Collaborators: Ruggero Agnolutto (Project Responsible) Fernando Arocha, Ángela Bailén, Almudena Basabe, Elisa Bua, Álvaro Carrillo, Catalina Corredor, Roberto González García, Michal Just, Jorge López Conde, Marco Marcelletti, Paola Pardo, Khristian Serena, Patrycja Stal, Dagmar Stéeova, Silvie Talackova
Facilities: Juan Carlos Lafuente, Álvaro Zamora
Others: SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH Silvia Rodríguez
Location: Madrid, SPAIN
Client: Matadero Madrid
Agrosocial infrastructure to grow crops of voice-equipped citizens By ANDRÉS JAQUE ARCHITECTS & THE OFFICE FOR POLITICAL INNOVATION ESCARAVOX are assemblages of discarded rural infrastructures, reprogrammed as voice-giving-publicdevice. The aim of this project is to endow Matadero Madrid, former slaughterhouse of the city and now an institution self defined as “public space for contemporary culture, with views on the river”, with the necessary material devices and institutional protocols to prompt a connection between the aforementioned models of intervention in the cultural field.
To achieve this, the scheme proposes equipping the open spaces of the old abattoir with varied types of large-span mobile structures with sound amplifying systems, stage lighting and audiovisual projection systems, so that in combination with sliding stands, they may serve as auxiliary structures for any public performance held in this space. The use of these facilities would be organized in the same way as municipal tennis courts, which are booked by the hour. The materiality of the infrastructure is based on the idea of an odd assemblage of already inexpensive elements. Irrigating systems, Almería greenhouse fabrics, cheap plastic chairs… A short of composite of ready mades, using existing technologies in a different way of that they were produced for. It is a technological reapropiation process, the office relates with the possibility of queer uses of available systems.
In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) incorporated ‘IKEA Disobedients’ by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation into its collection as the first architectural performance acquired by the museum. This work has also been nominated in Architecture category for the Design of the Year 2013 Awards of the Design Museum, London. In 2013 they presented ‘SUPERPOWERS OF TEN’ at Lisbon Architecture Triennale, ‘Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool’ for RED CAT Gallery at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, in Los Angeles, and ‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ at La Casa Encendida, in Madrid. In 2012, they presented their intervention ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’ at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. In 2011, the research and prototype-making project ‘SWEET PARLIAMENT HOME’ was presented at the Gwangju Biennale and, in 2010, the installation ‘FRAY HOME HOME’ was presented at the Biennale di Venezia 2010.
They are authors of the publications PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas, Eco-Ordinary. Codes for everyday architectural practices and Everyday Politics. Their production has been published in the most important media including A+U, Domus, El Croquis, The New York Times or Vogue, among others. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, London Design Museum, RED CAT Gallery at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, Mostra di Architettura de la Bienal de Venezia, Gwangju Biennale and Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
Andrés Jaque , directs Andrés Jaque Architects and the Office for Political Innovation. He is currently Advanced Design Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP Columbia University. He has been Tessenow Stipendiat 1998 in Toepfer Stiftung FVS, in Hamburg, and visiting teacher in a number of international universities and has lectured and taken part in round tables extensively throughout the world including Princeton University, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, Instituto Politecnico di Milano, Centre International pour la Ville de Paris, Centre pour l’Architecture et le Paysage (Brussels), Sociedad Central (Buenos Aires), Berlage Institut (Rotterdam) or Museo Nacional (Bogotá).
The office clients list includes AC/E Acción Cultural Española, ARCOmadrid, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo de Madrid S.A., Art Fairs S.L., La Musa S.L., Matadero Madrid, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Obispado de Plasencia, Ojalá Awareness Club, Construmat, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Comunidad de Madrid, Aluz Imagen y Comunicación S.L., Ayuntamiento de Burgos, Caja Duero and Xunta de Galicia, among others.