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Matters of Sensation
Start Date 25/09/2008
End Date 22/11/2008
Location 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013 
Country United States 
Description PATTERNS presents Matters of Sensation @ Artist Space, a major group exhibition of contemporary architecture comprised solely of large-scale material objects.

MofS focuses closely on an evolving materialism in architecture by a group of emerging contemporary architects, a “Sensuous Materialism”, an affluent materialism of sensations rather than an abstract materialism of pure matter. The pursuit of sensations in these contemporary practices constitutes a novel form of artistic research that implies an evolving materialist/sensualist architecture that moves towards a new set of relationships between form, perception and action, while away from the realm of subjectivity or phenomenology.

As an idea, MofS focuses on architects that have moved beyond a pure digital practice into a materialist domain based on robust forms of sensation. The exhibition is organized as an atmospheric ecosystem, a whole ecology of sensation-building objects that can be seen in close proximity to each other. Truly experimental in their essence and without direct practical purpose, the objects in the show are pure potential, materially formed artifacts and true vehicles for architectural innovation.

Exhibiting Architects: davidclovers, Emergent, Gage/Clemenceau Architects, Gnuform, Hirsuta, Höweler+Yoon Architecture, IwamotoScott Architecture, mod, MOS, murmur, Ruy Klein, Sotamaa, SU11, Xefirotarch
Preview: Tuesday, September 23, 6-8 pm
Public Opening: Wednesday, September 24, 6-10 pm, in conjunction with Soho Night
Panel Discussion: Monday, September 22, 6:30 pm, Columbia University GSAPP
(Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation): Peter Zellner, Sylvia Lavin, Benjamin Weil, Marcelo Spina and Paola Antonelli.
Exhibition catalogue forthcoming by Charta Books, Italy.
This exhibit is made possible in part by the Graham Foundation. 

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