Shahar Livne: Materials as time capsules

The lecture deals with what is waste from a materiality and philosophy perspective, materials as time capsules.

Shahar Livne is an award-winning conceptual material designer located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Design and Art from the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she followed her lifelong fascinations in nature, biology, science, and philosophy and developed them into an intuitive material experimentation way of work.

Livne founded her studio at the beginning of 2018 and has since collaborated with brands and institutes such as BALANCIAGA, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum, and Design Miami/Basel. Livne is the winner of The Creative hero award for social Impact 2019, a finalist for both the Beazley Design of the year award and a finalist for the new material award in 2018.

Mollie Claypool: ‘Designing Automations for Architecture: New Imaginaries for Labour, Value & Expertise’

In this lecture architecture theorist and educator Mollie Claypool presents the work of the research laboratory Automated Architecture (AUAR) Labs at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and lab’s spinout company AUAR Ltd, which use an engaged scholarship approach to transcend disciplinary boundaries of practice and building cultures within new frameworks for automation for housing, sitting at the intersection of design, technology and community.

Mollie Claypool’s work focuses on issues of social justice highlighted by increasing automation in architecture and design production, and the potential of automation in architecture and the built environment to provide more socially engaged and environmentally sustainable ways of designing and building. Mollie is co-author of the book Robotic Building: Architecture in the Age of Automation (Detail Edition 2019) and author of the SPACE10 report “The Digital in Architecture: Then, Now and in the Future” (2019).

‘Barena Interventions’ at the Anthropocene Campus Venice

Some of the residents cohort took part in ‘Barena Interventions’, a performance-lecture devised by the NEA resident Lodovica Guarnieri together with Ifor Duncan. The performance was part of the seminar ‘Venice is Leaking: Interventions in the Lagoon-City Continuum’, one of the four seminars of the Anthropocene Campus Venice ‘The Politics of Water in the Age of the Anthropocene’ .

In front of Bacàn. Picture: Katya Bryskina
Picture: Katya Bryskina
Walking to the barena. In front of Bacàn. Picture: Katya Bryskina

The performance brought participants along the shore of Sant’Erasmo Island: from the beach in front of the Bacàn island, which is being eroded by the hydrodynamics changes resulting from the construction of MOSE, to the saltmarshes – barèna.

The performance explored the scale of relations and entanglements between social and ecological processes drawn by the impact of humidity in the Venice Lagoon.

Lodovica and Ifor invited participants to engage bodily with ‘other modes’ of tides and the dynamics of weathering bodies, creatures, and phenomena in deep time, space geography, the Lagoon and the city. By focusing attention on weather phenomena such as rising damp, water vapour, and sea aerosol, the performance unlocked such binary phenomena as wet/dry, nature/culture, city/Lagoon, body/environment.

Exploring Venice – Day 2

On our second day, Giudecca opened its doors to us. Starting with ‘My love story with Venice’ by Paul B. Preciado, the tour brought us through the pulsing energy of the fascinating island. Facing Zattere where V-A-C is located, Giudecca houses artists studios, galleries and production spaces. 

Our guide Edoardo

We had the opportunity to visit Spazio Punch and the installation set there of plant species currently considered illegal in the European Union. Located in the renovated Dreher’s brewery, Spazio Punch sits alongside other artists studios and small galleries.

After a brief visit to the artists atelier, we went to Spazio Cosmo, a production space located in a deconsecrated church. There, soprano singer Claron McFadden and composer Emanuele Wiltsch Barberio rehearsed for us pieces of their upcoming show. 

Exploring Venice – Day 1

Together with our Cicero – Edoardo Lazzari, we embarked on a two days exploration of known and less known business and initiatives in Venice. 

On our first day, we walked through the sestrieri (neighbourhoods) of Dorsoduro, San Polo and Canaregio to enter into the granularity of the city. We spoke with those working at: Bruno, the graphic design studio and bookshop ran by young and talented professionals; Small Caps where anectdotes and stories of life in Venice are transformed into mesmerising screen prints; Declare, curated leather products shop which collaborates with local visual artists; Le Malefatte/Rio Terà dei Pensieri, a social cooperative which has been working with inmates in Venice since 1994 producing bags and beauty products; and finally, Bottega Saòr, where Studio Saòr catalogues Venices’s architectural elements, from churches, to islands, from bridges to campi, creating souvenirs and publications.

Meet the residents: Lodovica Guarnieri

Lodovica Guarnieri is a designer and researcher whose practice grapples with technoscience as it relates to environmental and social justice, coloniality and climate change. She has worked on exhibitions at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Manifesta and Van Abbemuseum, among others, and was part of the research project Hostile Environment(s).