Due to unforeseen circumstances, Archigram Cities will be postponed and rescheduled. We will announce a new date for the event as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


In the work of the Archigram group, architecture was about change, possibilities, and alternatives. In the 1960s, at the height of its activities across publishing, teaching, and exhibition-making, the group—comprised of Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron, and Michael Webb—was largely seen as a peripheral agitant to the architectural mainstream. The last five decades have, however, shown the broader influence and relevance of Archigram’s speculative projects. As one of the earliest to explore architecture’s engagement with transformations in urbanism, technology, and popular culture, and to address the rise of the user-consumer in a globally interconnected and hyper-mediated world, Archigram left an indelible mark on how architectural practice is understood in relation to society. This is evident in the work of generations of practitioners both within and outside architecture.

In 2018, the Archigram Archive entered the collections of M+. Through its dense layering of infrastructure, media, and commerce, Hong Kong can be read as an ‘Archigram city’, and the archive’s presence here offers the potential to trace new, situated lines of inquiry in architecture and visual culture.

To mark this occasion, M+ is organising a series of events in February 2020, in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and the Power Station of Art in Shanghai. Titled ‘Archigram Cities’, the events propose a series of encounters between members of the Archigram group and architects, scholars, students, and the wider public from Hong Kong, mainland China, and elsewhere. The programme is part of M+ Matters, a series of discussions that informs the museum’s curatorial approach, as well as M+ International, a platform for partnership with institutions around the world that addresses shared interests and challenges. In this collaborative framework, ‘Archigram Cities’ proposes to expand readings of Archigram’s practice with transnational and cross-disciplinary perspectives.

‘M+ Matters: Archigram Cities’ is co-organised by Shirley Surya (Curator, Design and Architecture, M+), Aric Chen (Independent Curator and Professor of Practice, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University), and Eric Schuldenfrei (Head, Department of Architecture), Eunice Seng (Associate Professor), and Roberto Requejo (Lecturer) of the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture, with Noel Cheung (Curatorial Assistant, Design and Architecture, M+). 

‘M+ International x Power Station of Art: Archigram Cities’ is co-organised by Shirley Surya (Curator, Design and Architecture, M+), Aric Chen (Independent Curator and Professor of Practice, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University), and Gong Yan (Director) and Zhang Lili (Head, Learning Department) of the Power Station of Art, with Jennifer Wong (Assistant Curator, Design and Architecture, M+) and Xia Chengyue (Project Planner, Learning Department, Power Station of Art). This event is organised under the strategic collaboration framework agreement between the Power Station of Art and M+, signed in August 2018.

Programmes:

M+ Matters: Archigram Cities - It's Archigram!
Organised with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

This event embeds the Archigram Archive in its new home and introduces Archigram’s work to new audiences. The evening begins with the presentation of Archigram Opera, a multimedia projection that the Archigram group first developed in 1972. The Opera forms a summary of the architects’ thinking, work, and references over more than ten years of activity. It is an audiovisual distillation of a set of positions that was meant to travel with the architects. The presentation is followed by a discussion—an architectural gossip session—between Archigram members Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, and Michael Webb and architects Isozaki Arata and Chang Yungho. The participants reflect on their encounters since the 1960s, as well as their affinities and dissonances as agitants of their times.

Date: 12 February 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00pm–8:30pm
Venue: Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, the University of Hong Kong
Language: English and Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese and English
Registrations: Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis

Enquiries: noel.cheung@mplus.org.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.


M+ Matters: Archigram Cities Symposium
Organised with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Resulting from an open call for papers announced in August 2019, this symposium reappraises Archigram through interpretations of the group’s work in relation to architecture and urbanism across a wider set of geographies. The symposium includes keynote lectures by Simon Sadler, Tsukamoto Yoshiharu, and Mark Wigley, and presentations that investigate and reflect on Archigram’s practice along the lines of inhabitation, figuration, and transmission, by Drawing Architecture Studio, Annette Fierro, Ariel Genadt, Evangelos Kotsioris, Lai Chee Kien, Hadas Steiner, and Roger Wu. 

Date: 13 February 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 9:30am–6:00pm
Venue: Wang Gungwu Hall, Graduate House, University of Hong Kong
Language: English, with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese
Registrations: Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis

Enquiries: noel.cheung@mplus.org.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.


M+ International x Power Station of Art: Archigram Cities

In partnership with the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, ‘Archigram Cities’ focuses on the relevance of Archigram’s ideas for experimental architectural practices in China. This event introduces Archigram’s practice through screenings of the Archigram-related films Archigram 1967, Archigram Opera (1972), and Archigram and Cedric Price at Pompidou (1977). The screenings are followed by a conversation with Archigram members and presentations by designers and architects Drawing Architecture Studio, Liu Jiakun, Ma Yansong, and Meng Yan. The event brings Archigram’s methodology and vision of future cities into dialogue with influential architects in China whose work resonates with the group’s activities.

Date: 15 February 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 1:30pm–6:30pm
Venue: Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Enquiries: jennifer.wong@mplus.org.hk

 

Co-presented by:

Mplus Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong Power Station of Art

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