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No. 8


Practice Session No. 8 was led by Andrés Jaque, director of the Office for Political Innovation. Jaque worked with students to create a reenactment of Frida Kahlo’s experience of Detroit as depicted by two of her paintings. Throughout the weekend students researched and discussed the “evolution in Detroit of the way buildings, institutions, resources, borders, gender, sex, blood, oil, bodies, territory, earth, bones, data, industries, finances, toxicity comes together to produce and accommodate life.” The final performance was conceived as a “critical and responsive reconstruction of the way Kahlo’s conflicted interescalar architecture of techno-territorial bodies does and could happen now.” Practice Session No. 8 took place concurrent with No. 7 led by Laurel Consuelo Broughton. 

Andrés Jaque - Phd Architect (ETSAM), Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat (Hamburg) and Graham Foundation Grantee- is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, a NY based architectural practice working in the intersection of design, research and critical practices. He is the author of awarded projects including ‘Plasencia Clergy Hall of Residence’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’, ‘ESCARAVOX’ or ‘COSMO, MoMA PS1’. He is the Director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Advanced Architectural Design Program; where he is Associate Professor of Architecture. In 2016, he received the Frederick Kiesler Prize from the City of Vienna, and he has been awarded with the SILVER LION to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale and the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award. His publications include Transmaterial Politics (2017), Calculable (2016) PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas (2013), Everyday Politics (2011), Melnikov. 1000 Autos Garage in Paris 1929 (2004). His research work has been published in Perspecta, Log, Thresholds, Volume, among many others.

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