An alternative version of SATC made by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation with Miguel de Guzmán (Imagen Subliminal) on the occasion of the show’s 20th anniversary!!!!
Storefront for Art and Architecture is getting ready to celebrate and discuss the 20th anniversary of New York’s most influential archisocial manifesto: Sex and the City. This non-stop, ten-week summit stages the most relevant people, places, and processes that played a role in New York’s cultural shift of the last two decades. Transformed into a transmedia studio, Storefront’s gallery space will become the setting where a documentary reenactment of the TV series will be filmed and broadcast online, as a way to unblackbox New York’s obvious—and therefore invisible—blueprints.
Since the release of SATC’s first episode in 1998, New York’s real estate market has doubled. As Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha made their way from Patricia Fields’ thrift-store-heterogeneous-outfits to multi-brand-high-end-opulence, and from one-bedroom rentals to The-World-of-Interiors-like-apartments, New York engaged in an equivalent evolution. The city progressed by evacuating its clumsiness, depurating its air and waters and reclaiming its dumping fields. SATC anticipated what would later become a post-2008, sanitized, assets-oriented urbanism, a highendcracy by which new forms of trading air-rights within blocks, LLC-shelled identities and the reinforcement of the 421-a tax exception rendered the city an ecosystem to produce, reproduce and accommodate value.
As fictional Charlotte and Miranda struggled to engineer reproduction, and real-life Sarah Jessica Parker’s daughters were born through surrogacy, Columbus Circle was being transformed as the world center for the reinvention of human reproduction. Elective cytoplasm selection, spindle nuclear transfer, cell banks and surrogacy have been combined in the last decades though archiurban calibrations to make New York the location for a new human type, the citizens of highendcracy.
As shown in SATC’s second episode, New York City brought together for the first time Samantha’s two biggest passions: namely, sex and real estate. Twenty years later, real estate rendered New York fully sexualized. Chelsea became the planet’s most wanted location to switch on Grindr. And as new San Fernando Valleys, rent-spiking Greenpoint and Chelsea are now home to two of the hottest adult studios, Burning Angel and Cocky Boys, where refined productions scape garage-like interiors to shoot their Pornhub scenes, which get millions of views, in sunny lofty condominiums with views of purified blue skies. This kind of blueish sky was invented as a rendered reality for New York’s most successful architectural icon, 432 Park Avenue, and then taken as a detail of its architecture by using a fixed Austrian Eckelt Lite-Wall glass for its windows, designed to intensify the blue part of daylight’s spectrum. This material adjustment synchronizes the architectural detail with the city’s territorial project of displacing the environmental cost of its consumptions to rural locations in neighboring states.
‘Sex and the So-Called City’:
Exhibition: February 1st – April 3rd
Shooting Events: ‘Marathon of Scales: from Citizens of Highendcrazy to Sexualized Condos’. Tuesday, February 27th (4-9pm); ‘Marathon of Sections: from Blue Skies to the Underground’, March 28th (4-9pm).
SEX AND THE SO-CALLED CITY
Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation with Miguel de Guzmán (Imagen Subliminal)
Research: Andrés Jaque, Paola Pardo. Fact Checking: Paola Pardo. Object Collection: Paola Pardo, Roberto González, Max Lauter, Coordination: Roberto González. Design: Laura Mora, Felipe Arango, Ayushi Drolia, Roberto García, Marta Jarabo, Pablo Maldonado, Solé Mallol, Valentina Marín. Cinematography and AV installation art: Miguel de Guzmán (Imagen Subliminal). Music Art: Emiliano Caballero. Episodes’ Videoart: Óscar Espín. Actress Voice Over: Elizabeth Sanjuan. Sound Studio: Robin Groove. Text Editing: Walter Ancarrow.
With the inestimable help of:
Mauricio Trivino, Iván L. Munuera, Nerea Calvillo, Laura Kurgan, Valerie Renwick, Vera Scroggins, Bart-Jan Polman, Noelia Lecue, Jake Jaxson, J.R. Sebastian, Sharif Aggour, Joanna Angel, Charles Aubin, Cocky Boys, Matthew Bannister, Burning Angels, Lisa Caso, Douglas Crimp, D-Box, Josephine Dimiceli, Lisa S. Dozier, ECKELT GLASS GmBH, Michael Gruber, Dottie Hermann, ID Model Management, Miguel Núñez, Nancy Otavalo, Rafael Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Joel Simkhai, Landis Smithers, Robin Standefer, John Zhang.
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Currently, the office works on projects for Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Art Institute of Chicago, Lafayette Anticipations, CA2M, Real Madrid, Colegio Reggio, and Grupo La Musa.
In 2016, OFFPOLINN received the Frederick Kiesler Prize from the City of Vienna; the office has also been awarded the SILVER LION for Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale and with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award.
OFFPOLINN’s projects have been the object of solo exhibitions at MoMA, MoMA PS1, MAK Vienna, Princeton University, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, and Tabacalera in Madrid. Its work has been included in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tel Aviv Museum of Art, London Design Museum, Whitechapel Gallery (London), Z33 (Hasselt), the Schweizerisches Architektur Museum (Basel), Lisbon and Oslo architecture triennales, and the Venice, Chicago, Gwanju, and Seoul architecture biennales.
OFFPOLINN’s work has been published in the most important architectural design outlets including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review, Abittare, Arquitectura Viva, and in publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and El País.
Andrés Jaque founded the Office for Political Innovation in 2003. He has brought a transectional approach to architectural design; practicing architecture as the intervention on complex composites of relationships, where its agency is negotiated with the agency unfold by other entities.
Andrés Jaque is director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has also been visiting professor at Princeton University and The Cooper Union.
Andrés received his PhD in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where he also received his M. Arch. He has been an Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat and Graham Foundation grantee. In 2018 he co-curated Manifesta 12 in Palermo.
His books include Transmaterial Politics (2017), Calculable (2016) PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society (2013), Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool (2013), Dulces Arenas Cotidianas (2013), Everyday Politics (2011), and Melnikov. 1000 Autos Garage in Paris 1929 (2004). His research work has been included in publications like Perspecta, Log, Thresholds and Volume.
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