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).

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.

Arquitectos: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, Miguel de Guzmán Arquitecto

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Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation explore the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices. The office’s slogan is ‘ARCHITECTURE IS TECHNOLOGICALLY RENDERED SOCIETY’ and is currently devoted to the study of connected-domesticities like politically-activated urbanism.
They are authors for reference buildings including Plasencia Clergy House (awarded with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize), House in Never Never Land (finalist of FAD Awards and Mies van der Rohe European Award), TUPPER HOME (finalist of the European Award Mies van der Rohe and of the X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo), or ESCARAVOX (COAM 2013 Award and finalist of FAD Awards).

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 [1971], 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.

Arquitecto y fotógrafo especializado en Arquitectura. Realiza reportajes por encargo de los principales estudios de Arquitectura españoles. Ha sido profesor en el departamento de ideación gráfica del C.E.U. de Arquitectura y del Departamento de Fotografía del I.E.D. Istituto Europeo di Design en Madrid. Desde 2008 Imagen Subliminal es la plataforma a través de la que profesionalmente difunde su trabajo como fotógrafo y realizador de vídeos de Arquitectura. PREMIOS Como Arquitecto ha recibido el premio Dionisio Hernández Gil por la Casa Sacerdotal Diocesana de Plasencia  (obra realizada junto con Andrés Jaque  y Enrique Krahe, y finalista en la Bienal de Arquitectura Española 2005. Como fotógrafo ha sido finalista en los premios Diario ABC 2000, Diario El Mundo 2001, Purificación García 2003. PUBLICACIONES y EXPOSICIONES Ha participado en exposiciones individuales y colectivas, destacando: Galería Vírgenes, Sevilla 2000, y PhotoEspaña 2006. Su obra fotográfica es publicada en libros, revistas y diarios de ámbito nacional (entre otros, Arquitectura Viva,el Croquis, A+T, Arquitectos COAM, Pasajes, Diarios el Pais, ABC, el Mundo…) e internacional (entre otros, Domus Italia, A+U Japón, Bauwelt Alemania, C3 Corea, Geo, a+ Holanda …). Publicación del libro ”Miguel de Guzmán. Fotografía de Arquitectura“ que recoge toda su recoge una amplia selección de fotografías realizadas ente los años 2003 y 2013, y que son ejemplo de una nueva forma de hacer fotografía de arquitectura.