UNBUILDING in words

Mermaid Arts Centre, 21st Aug – 17th Oct – 2010

UNBUILDING’s Built Environment

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Architectural Intervention, ‘UNBUILDING’, Mermaid Arts Centre, August 21st, 2010.

Shaffrey & Associates, Early Architectural mockup for UNBUILDING Project, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow,Aug, 2010

‘UNBUILDING’ has arrived through the marriage of different disciplines. The practicalities of teaming art with architecture is usually evolved through compromise. The reality of ‘building’ architectural design is another hurdle. Sometimes the piece of plywood is not as malleable as the drawn line. But this project has not evolved through fast-track processes to fit an institutional schedule. Over the past 8 months, a dialogue between curator, artist, architect and builder has been built, deconstructed, and in the final days – tweaked – to create a space that brings together, a series of outcomes, that do not overlap, but meet at the centre, to be discussed and manipulated by the artists’ projects, weekly talks and events that make up the 10 weeks of  UNBUILDING.

Architects – Grainne Shaffrey and Thomas O Connor (SHAFFREY & ASSOCIATES), have been involved in the project from the beginning. They have designed a space that brings architectural design and it’s function – in relation to art – into question. David Brickenden (Timberline) has been involved with artists’ projects since the 70’s; working with the likes of Mario Merz from Art Provera origins. With his team of builders, he has brought a skilled and sensitive hand to a difficult build. The built environment of UNBUILDING combines innovative and ‘open’ architectural design and specialist wood craft  under the umbrella of art. As a ‘collective,’ we have asked the question: how do we develop a space that avoids the standard process of curating art, in and around an established space, that was built with all the compromises that come with civic architecture? Through group discussion, Shaffrey Associates have designed and Timberline have crafted a space that is both:

open & closed

sensitive & abrupt

deliberate & impulsive

Above all, the architects and builders have been responsive to the artists’ and curators’ needs, that leaves us with a space that questions, rather than defines.

David Brickenden and his team of Builders (Timberline), UNBUILDING’s Built Environment, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

Shaffrey & Associates, Architectural Drawing for UNBUILDING Project, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Aug, 2010

David Brickenden and his team of Builders (Timberline), UNBUILDING’s Built Environment, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

Shaffrey & Associates, Architectural Drawing for UNBUILDING Project, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Aug, 2010

David Brickenden and his team of Builders (Timberline), UNBUILDING’s Built Environment, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

David Brickenden and his team of Builders (Timberline), UNBUILDING’s Built Environment, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

David Brickenden and his team of Builders (Timberline), UNBUILDING’s Built Environment, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.


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Written by James Merrigan

August 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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