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January 19, 2018
Harbourfront Centre is a hub of activity for the 8th annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) with five exhibitions and a public talk, spanning architecture, craft, industrial design, installation, art, contemporary jewellery, and more.
TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture
Friday, January 19
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
$15 Regular, $12 Student/Senior
Based in London, UK, Aberrant Architecture is an award winning collaborative studio of designers, makers, and thinkers whose projects introduce new and unexpected ways of experiencing everyday life. Storytelling and research are at the heart of their practice, a practice which includes the first architecture residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, exhibitions at the Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sao Paulo Biennial, public installations, and much more.
In this talk, Aberrant founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will discuss the ideas, experiences, and stories that reside outside the “final” work or architecture – the “outtakes” – with friend and past collaborator Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition In Place, which features the work of Aberrant Architecture as the focus and departure point for a group exhibition that includes four North American practices that share similar interests, processes, and outcomes. Click here for more information about the exhibition.
Part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival’s inaugural International Guest of Honour Program, this talk is generously supported by the Government of Ontario, the British Council, and Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto, and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre.
Combining storytelling and research at the heart of their practice, Aberrant Architecture takes a playful approach to producing spatial experiences that are both meaningful and beautiful. Their participatory form of practice places the needs of people at the centre of the problems they address and the opportunities they create. Aberrant designs interactive architecture, interiors, public art, exhibitions and installations, building close relationships with the communities in which they operate.
Aberrant has exhibited work at international architecture exhibitions at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Gwangju Design Biennale, Sao Paulo Biennial and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, and co-founded the Gopher Hole, an event space in London. Aberrant Architecture held the first architecture residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A); their work has been collected by the V&A and the Museum of Art in Rio de Janeiro.
Beatrice Galilee is a curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. Trained in Architecture at Bath University, and in History of Architecture MSc at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Beatrice specialises in the dissemination of architecture and design through city-wide projects, media, curatorial practice, research, editing and teaching.
Currently, Beatrice is the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She was the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer, co-curator at 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and curator of the experimental performance design projects Hacked and Afrofuture at Milan Design Week.