IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna

2015/16 Art and Architecture_In Conversation

2015/16 Art and Architecture_In Conversation

Art and Architecture have always been in conversation throughout the history. Buildings used to be adorned by artistically sculpted objects or manipulated by extraordinary paintings, facades have been composed by musicians and since the digital revolution space escaped the dominant control of the architect, hence becoming the playground for diverse agencies. The 21st century´s notion of surface architecture made the building´s surfaces even more accessible and attractive to artists and designers and today the work of artists has penetrated into the field of architecture by scale and condition. We still talk about art and architecture as distinct spheres, but looking at their artistic/architectural production we see the boundaries between the two being blurred for decades especially by the notion of transgression and multidisciplinarity and today we are caught between building-sized artworks and artistic buildings.

This year’s SLIVER lecture series Art & Architecture _In Conversation is conceived as dialogs between architects and designers, artists, theoreticians, hosted by Sanford Kwinter and Reiner Zettl, with the aim to discuss correlations, opposed opinions and mutual inspirations within an interdisciplinary discourse.