Hosted by Power Station of Art
Curator:Bernard Tschumi Architects
Venue:PSA 3F Gallery 6
BERNARD TSCHUMI - Architecture: Concept & Notation
Bernard Tschumi: Concept and Notation explores Tschumi's work as a theorist, educator, and architect. At the core of his activity is a rejection of the conventions that assimilate architecture to the production of static form. Tschumi proposes an entirely different definition, starting from the inscription of the body and social activities into architectural space. Architecture, he insists, cannot be dissociated from the events that take place within it, and its production as a built project requires a concept-based approach. Hence, Tschumi explores new modes of writing architectural space—“notation”—so as to transcribe the interactions between space, movement, and action.
Inspired by the restless, questioning energy of May ‘68, Tschumi first taught and began his theoretical work at London’s Architectural Association. This early work introduces both poststructuralist thought and the neighboring disciplines of the visual arts, film, and literature into architectural theory. Most of his early projects were designed as theoretical manifestos that were synthesized in the drawing series The Manhattan Transcripts, which was produced when Tschumi settled in New York City in the mid-1970s. This research led to the landmark Parc de la Villette, followed by the interdisciplinary art school at Le Fresnoy, The Acropolis Museum, the headquarters and manufacturing center of Vacheron Constantin, and other projects allying concepts to their often remarkably beautiful materialization.