|INDEX ARCHITECTURE 2017
We are very happy to announce our participation to the third edition of Index Art Book Fair that will take place from 14th to the 16th of April at the Jumex Museum, Mexico.
This year´s edition in collaboration with Books, People, Places, Berlin presenting a beautifully curated selection of publications dedicated to alternative and experimental publishing practices in architecture. With recent and new favorites by AA Publications, Åbäke, Accattone, Avery Press, Dent de Leone, König Verlag, Koenig Books, LIGA, Real Review, The Spaces and Sternberg Press.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Almost like a textbook, Project Japan reconstructs the history of Metabolism; it documents Metabolism’s meticulous preparations, the assembly of its component parts, its aims, its revolutionary content, its detonation, the extent of its fallout, and it's global reach…
As much as Project Japan is a portrait of a movement, Project Japan is also a book on books, a publication on publications and publishing strategies, and a documentation of documents. Dense, intense and multi-layered, the intriguing mass of information, both existing and self-accumulated, deeply informs the structure of this publication. Metabolized through design, typography, and layout, all information is wrestled into a comprehensive and beautifully structured whole.
Deeply in love with the subject, its protagonists and the material at hand, Project Japan features hundreds of never-before-seen images—master plans, intimate snapshots of the Metabolists at work and play, architectural models, magazine excerpts, and astonishing sci-fi urban visions —telling the 20th-century history of Japan through its architecture.
With extensive interviews with Arata Isozaki, Toshiko Kato, Kiyonori Kikutake, Noboru Kawazoe, Fumihiko Maki, Kisho Kurokawa, Kenji Ekuan, Atsushi Shimokobe, and Takako and Noritaka Tange.
|BOOK OF THE MONTH
Accattone is a new and independent magazine on architecture started in 2014. Based in Brussels and self-published by two architects and two graphic designers, Accattone explores ‘minor’ practices in architecture through the specific means of the printed magazine. Accattone addresses critically a fundamental aspect of architectural thinking and practice: the working document and the changing status of the image in the design process.
Accattone’s interest lays in a hybrid cross-fertilisation of disciplines and approaches, that work very well within the format of a magazine and make sense while aleatory leafing the pages, emphasized by an editing that subtly diffuses the distinctions of the diverse contributions.
The latest issue of Accattone #4 draws on the idea of the collection to explore mythical methods and visual ethnographies in contemporary practices, with an interest in the compression, into a single artifact, of long periods of history, power relations, memories, and everyday experience. It features anthropology museums, underground data centers and minor collections performed in private houses, double-sided masks, and architectural strata in a floor slab or a facade, totemic mock-ups on a 1:1 scale and metaphors in the desert.
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
Published for the Albanian Pavilion on the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, "I Have Left You The Mountain" is a publication that talks about migrations from the countryside to the city. A selection of texts written by different contemporary writers, artists and thinkers, serve as scripts to be sung by the remaining Albanian iso-polyphonic singers from Fier and Tirana. The resulting compositions tell stories about departing, losing and longing for a return to their original lands.
The publication, a 12" vinyl (accompanied by a printed brochure in the same format) with the recorded songs, connects music and storytelling to urbanism. Through this publication the Albanian Pavilion performs lyrically the musical composition interspersed with texts contained in the book. The subject, the space and the publication inform each other in a conceptual and poetical manner.
Index Architecture selects this publication as book of the month for its unusual use of format and content. Index Architecture does not believe in confining the representation of architecture and urbanism to plans and models both rather to broaden these specialized fields to other disciplines. Music, literature, photography among others, might also contribute to discussions concerned with architecture and urbanism.
I Have Left You The Mountain contains contributions by Etel Adnan, Mourid Barghouti, Michel Butor, Claire Fontaine, Yona Friedman, Anri Sala, Michael Taussig, Yanis Varoufakis, Ornela Vorpsi, Finn Williams; the singers of Fier, Vlorë, Himarë, and Tirana.
Erica Overmeer presents
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel
Erica Overmeer presents Index Architecture at I Never Read Art Book Fair, Basel.
Join us on saturday the 18th at 15:45 or listen to us on I Never Read Radio.
Index Architecture takes the title from Italo Calvino’s book “Invisible Cities” to make a relationship between the cities that were never built, the ones that rise only between the pages of the book, when architecture remains subject to external forces such as political, economical and social constraints.
Our special guest is Abraham Cruzvillegas, a Mexican artist who has described in his artist books the processes of building cities outside the limits of the law, political agendas and architecture practise itself, in a process described as “Ergonomics from the Heart”. Far from this process, Cruzvillegas and Tania Isabel Garduño Israde imagine and discuss a set of different apocalyptic scenarios described in the pages of the “12 Cautionary Tales for Christmas” published in 1979 by Superstudio, an article that “evokes twelve visions of ideal cities, the supreme achievement of twenty thousand years of civilization, blood, sweat and tears…” or another outcome of futuristic cities that (luckily) exist only in publications…
Festival El Libro y La Rosa
Index Architecture and Index Art Book Fair are invited to discuss the Mexican publishing and artist book scene with publishers Gatonegro, Taller de Ediciones Económicas; public library project Aeromoto and Museum El Chopo.
Día Mundial del Arte de Oaxaca
Index Architecture discusses for the first time architecture publications with Carlo Menon from experimental Belgian architecture magazine Accattone; Giovanni Piovene cofounder of San Rocco, an irreverent and discerning Italian architecture magazine, and Frida Escobedo, a Mexican architect who uses books to describe and represent processes and concepts in her projects.
The importance of this encounter is to start answering the question “How do architects use the book?” By inviting three architects who have lead their practice into pages and publications, a first glimpse to the answer appears and draws the state of art.
We are happy to announce the first Index Architecture at Museo Jumex, Mexico City
February 4 – 7, 2016
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|Index Architecture is an independent and interdisciplinary research project concerned with the intersection between publication and architecture. Index Architecture explores how these two practices inform each other through the simple question ‘how do architects use the book?’ Using different formats for its activities Index Architecture aims to collaborate with relevant international institutions and individuals in the field of art, architecture, design and publishing.|
|Index Architecture debuted as part of the second edition of Index Art Book Fair, in Museo Jumex, Mexico City, February, 2016. Alongside a curated selection of publishers addressing the current state of architectural publishing, Index Architecture hosted a panel with the Italian architecture magazine San Rocco, the Belgian editorial project Accattone and the Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, discussing conceptual and experimental approaches in publishing in architecture. As part of the Index Architecture / Index Art Book Fair program, Index Architecture also presented a selection of publications highlighting seminal and state-of-the-art publishing in architecture today.|
| 04 – 07.02.2016
Index Art Book Fair presents
Index Architecture at Museo Jumex,
Mexico City, Mexico
|III. book of the month|
Project Japan: Metabolism Talks.
An attempted portrait of a social movement.
| IV. publishers we work with
Books People Places, DE
Columbia GSAPP Books on Architecture, US
Koenig Books, DE
O Book Publisher, NL
Other Forms, US
San Rocco, IT
Sternberg Press, DE
The Name Books, CH
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|Affiliated with the Index Art Book Fair, Index Architecture is initiated by Tania Garduño Israde and Erica Overmeer.
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