The CCA has launched A Section of Now: Social Norms and Rituals as Sites for Architectural Intervention, an exhibition and a companion book, conceived as part of the one-year investigation Catching Up with Life.
The exhibition looks at the society in which we currently live in, with a focus upon expanding notions of family, property ownership, activism, work, technology, and life expectations
“While contemporary values are rapidly reshaping the built environment, architecture is not only responsive but can also, at its best, anticipate and even influence the direction of society through spatial endeavours,” says the CCA.
Through TV series, contemporary photography, architectural research, and designed objects, A Section of Now critically depicts where we are now and points to the urgent need for a new spatiality and the formation of new societal relationships.
The exhibition and the accompanying publication, co-published with Spector Books (available in December 2021), include many voices, and progressive practices from within as well as outside of architecture will guide these dialogues.
Curators Melissa Harris, New York, and Andrea Bellavita, Milan, have joined as consultants, on photography and TV respectively. Folder Studio, based out of Los Angeles, has created the visual identity for every form this multivalent research will take, including graphic design of both publication and exhibition; with exhibition design by architect Sam Chermayeff.
For the publication, architects including Andrés Jaque, Karla Rothstein, Mario Gooden, Sam Jacob, SO-IL, Sumaya Vally, Tei Carpenter, Traumnovelle, Anna Puigjaner, and Hilary Sample have been invited to share a new understanding of the “brief”: projective texts that outline architectural types to address societal needs.
The exhibition will run until May 1, 2022. For more information, visit: https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/events/76142/a-section-of-now-social-norms-and-rituals-as-sites-for-architectural-intervention