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The Didaktika project includes the educational areas and special supplementary activities to each exhibition. They offer resources and tools for a better understanding and appreciation of the exhibits.
Frank O. Gehry (b. 1929) designed the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building with CATIA, a computer software that originated in the aerospace industry that had never before been used by an architect.
Another unconventional technique of the mid-1990s construction, used by Gehry for the first time in this building, was titanium cladding. The Museum is covered with nearly 33,000 titanium plates.
In addition to buildings, Gehry also designs objects, like the trophy of the World Cup of Hockey, pieces of furniture like his corrugated cardboard chairs, and even a hat for singer Lady Gaga. What object would you like to design? Why?
Nina Canell (b. 1979) connects material objects with immaterial forces, such as light, gravity, or the atmosphere, so that the initial object is transformed. The key lies in the interaction of the parts, as in her Shedding Sheaths series.
Her works are often made of cheap or discarded elements like electric wires, fluorescent lights, nails, chewing gum, strings, wood, or optical fiber found by the sea.
Canell occasionally works in collaboration with artist Robin Watkins (b. 1980). For both artists, films and music are not merely visual and acoustic phenomena, but also physical electromagnetic catalysts of imagery and transformative agents.
Architect Frida Escobedo (b. 1979) combines craftsmanship and technology by using traditional materials in an innovative way.
Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London chooses an outstanding architect to design a temporary pavilion. The chosen architect in 2018 was Escobedo, whose project used concrete roof tiles as the chief material.
This is how Escobedo describes her dream house: “I imagine it as a contradictory combination, because I love living in the city, but at the same time I very much enjoy looking after my plants and having my own greenspace, even if it’s tiny.”
Mikel Eskauriaza (b. 1969) is a photographer with a passion for the transformations experienced by the city of Bilbao and its surroundings in recent decades.
Key themes in his work include archive and memory, local history, and the psychology of landscape, principally urban. In 2002, he won the international competition for the Cities project, whose goal was to enrich the contemporary photographic memory of the three Basque capitals.
His most recent project, Baporak. The Basque fleet in the Indian Ocean (Baporak. La flota vasca en el océano Índico), is a compendium of images and recordings taken on tuna fishing boats between 2013 and 2017. This material has appeared in the form of a photographic series and a publication.
Didier Faustino (b. 1968) analyzes the relationship between body and space. Apart from architecture, his experimental practice also includes installation and furniture.
Faustino’s architecture firm, the Bureau des Mésarchitectures, is located in Paris. Humor and critique are also part of his working philosophy.
Close to sculpture and installation, his works can be seen in the collections of such contemporary art galleries as Michel Rein (Paris/Brussels), Galeria Filomena Soares (Lisbon), and Parque Galería (Mexico City).
Faustino attaches great importance to education. He taught the Diploma 2 course at the Architectural Association in London, one of the most prestigious architecture schools in Europe.
Oliver Laric (b. 1981) uses animation and 3D technology to create videos and sculptures that reinterpret classic works from the history of art.
Laric’s provocative works, full of irony and humor, leave open the debate over originality and the critique of ownership.
A renowned video artist, one of his pieces, Versions (2012), went viral with its altered images from Disney films and other children’s cartoons.
In November 2018, he took part in the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation in Los Angeles, one of the leading festivals for the latest trends in animation.
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. 1941), one of the most influential media artists today, was the first artist to use the videodisc (the forerunner of DVD) and touchscreens in an artwork.
The artist centers her practice on the relationships between society and technology and identity and digital mediums. Her aim is to expand traditional art to new realities like robotics.
A cyberfeminist, she has made many outstanding documentaries and films, such as the award-winning Teknolust (2002) and !Women Art Revolution (2012). Her most recent work is on show at the HeK (Haus der elektronischer Künste) in Basel.
Architects based in New York, the brothers Christopher and Dominic Leong work in multiple disciplines with the aim of generating spaces and objects that will improve social, cultural, and worker interaction.
One of their most important exhibition projects was their design for a workspace presented at the U.S. Pavilion, OfficeUS, in the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial (2014).
Leong Leong’s current projects range from large-scale buildings like the LGTB Center in Los Angeles to furnishings and small objects for exclusive fashion boutiques in Los Angeles or Seoul. Think of a public space in your own city. What functional improvements could you make to it?
Founded in Barcelona by María Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López, and Anna Puigjaner, MAIO is an architecture firm with a non-hierarchical working structure. Its members develop their own theories and then pool them together with graphic artists, landscapists, or interior designers.
MAIO is also renowned for its work in furniture and exhibition design, and for its forays into the publishing field, since it collaborates with the magazine Cuadernos de arquitectura y urbanismo, among other publications.
MAIO is active in education and research. Its members have given talks at museums like the Metropolitan in New York and universities like Yale and Harvard, and they teach at the School of Architecture in Barcelona and Columbia University. Their works have been shown at the Royal Academy in London and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Founded in 2003 by Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, and based in New York, MOS is at the forefront of innovation. This applies not only to its projects but also to the management of interdisciplinary teams with a strong experimental drive.
Designed in 2005, the “Floating House” on Lake Huron in Canada is one of their most acclaimed works. This prototype of sustainable architecture makes a building float by constructing its base on pontoons.
Their experiments include tests with programmers to develop new computer software in projects like FORTRESS (Software nº 1), NET (Software nº 7), and CRUMPLE (Software nº 9).
The members of MOS teach at the architecture schools of the universities of Princeton and Columbia. Their work has been published in magazines like Log and El Croquis. Their first book was entitled Everything All at Once (2013). Why do you think they gave it this title?
Nemesis is a consultancy and think tank founded in 2017 by Emily Segal (b. 1988) and Martti Kalliala (b. 1980) that works out of Berlin, Helsinki, and New York. It produces its own multidisciplinary research on questions related to fashion, urbanism, technology, design, and language.
Emily Segal was one of the founders in 2010 of the K-HOLE group, described by Vogue as “pop culture’s favorite trend forecasters.” In 2014, this collective popularized the term “normcore,” a basic style of dressing. The term met great enthusiasm in the fashion world. But who decides “what to wear” and “what not to wear”? What is a trend, and what isn’t?
Martti Kalliala is an architect and also a musician with a long career in electronic music under various aliases. He is a member of the successful duo Amnesia Scanner.
Sutela’s works feature words, computer-generated aural and visual stimuli, and living organisms.
Born in 1983, Sutela is interested in experimenting with new technologies and artificial intelligence. In collaboration with engineer Damien Henry (Google Arts) and artist Memo Akten, she has taken part in Somerset House Studios + Google Arts & Culture, n-Dimensions, in London. That residency was the origin of the piece you see in the exhibition.
In May 2018 she presented Extremophile at the CLICK Festival of Contemporary Art, Sciences and Technology in Copenhagen. This performance suggests the possibility of the transmission of life between planets by means of a bacteria from fermented foodstuffs.
Last year she published Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley and Beyond (2017). The slime mold of the title is a laboratory organism, Physarum polycephalum, an expansive fungus composed of a single cell.
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Round Table: Artists, architects and the Bilbao effect
Friday, November 30, 6:30
Artists, architects, and curators of the exhibition Architecture Effects will share their views of the so-called “Bilbao Effect” and the present situation of spaces for creation.
Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16
World premiere of Puzzling, a dance piece created and performed by Blanca Arrieta, Mai Ishiwata, and Robert Jackson to mark the exhibition Architecture Effects. The project focuses on the creative process emerging from experimentation and interaction between the human body and the Museum spaces.
[+18] Creative Sessions: Light Effects Workshop
Saturday, February 2 and 9
Bilbao-born artist Miren Arenzana will conduct this two-part workshop on the effects of light and color, and their interaction with spaces and sculptures. Participants will be able to experiment with and make their own light installations. The workshop is organized on the occasion of the exhibition Architecture Effects.
Venue: Education Room
Audio guide and adapted guides
The audio guides, available at the Museum entrance, provide further information on the works in each exhibition.
Ask at the Information desk for audio/video guides for people with cognitive, hearing and/or visual impairments.
Free quick tours on the artworks exhibited. Check times, topics, and available languages at the Information desk.
Tickets: Free admission. Min. 5 people, max. 20 (first come, first served; no prior reservation). Groups will not be admitted