The Bartlett School of Architecture


Rewiring Brutalism at The Barbican

26 July 2019

Bartlett Lecturer, Robin Wilson, co-curates a radical and experimental presentation of brutalist architecture at The Barbican

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Rewiring Brutalism: Architectural Futures Through Musique Concrète, open to the public from 27 August until 1 September 2019 at The Barbican Hub, brings together the work of the art practice Photolanguage (Nigel Green and The Bartlett's Robin Wilson) and the sound artists and composers of the Langham Research Centre (Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney and  Robert Worby) in an experimental presentation of architecture at the intersection of photography, text and sonic recordings and composition.

The exhibition revisits the radical, brutalist architecture and avant-garde sound and music composition of Paris during the 1960s and 70s, transferring their work to London to intersect with the sounds and surfaces of the brutalist interior of the Barbican.

The project follows on from Photolanguage’s production of a Brutalist Map of Paris for Blue Crow Media (2016), and includes imagery and recordings from buildings by Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Renaudie and Renée Gailhoustet. 

Launch event and sonic performance, 28 August 2019, 18.30.

About Photolanguage

Photolanguage was established in 1998 as a collaborative art practice working across image and text. Their solo exhibitions include Transmodernity: Calais Reconstruction (Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Calais), Dark Season Botany (The Museum of Garden History, London), and La Revue Générale Brutaliste (Institut Français), London.

They are authors of Calais Vu Par Nigel Green et Robin Wilson (Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, 2001) and created the Brutalist Map of Paris (Blue Crow Media, 2016)

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