SPARK is a collaborative platform located in Malmö, Sweden with the purpose of strengthening the interface between architecture, art, research, and societal advancement through exhibitions and lectures. The aim is to promote artistic processes in architecture and urban development by activating intersections between art, architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture.
SPARK aims at exhibiting works that provokes critical discourse in current city building through explorative, experimental, trans- and interdisciplinary practices. SPARK collaborates with Lund University Department of Architectrue and the Built Environment, Architects Sweden Skåne, and Molekyl Gallery.
2023/02/03 - 2023/02/26
Opening Friday February 3rd 18-21
Stockholm-based SECRETARY has in a number of projects explored the relationship between the idealised reality of architectural images and our understanding of public space. In their exhibition at SPARK, they will present a new project that discusses a visionary remodelling of the ground floor in our buildings, presented as a film and a fictitious urban plan printed onto a podium which also serves as a piece of furniture. This work was developed in relation to a collaborative research conversation with architect and theorist Hannes Frykholm and was shown in an earlier version at the Pratt Institute in New York in November 2022.
Somewhere between building and city, the ground-floor street frontage is an interstitial zone that sets residents in intimate relation with their city, street, and neighborhood; the soil, bedrock, and water table; and each other. It is also the canvas upon which contemporary urbanism has projected neoconservative dreams of “vibrant” commercial space, a bourgeois “sense of address,” passive surveillance and other soft forms of control. A reorientation of this crucial architectural element is necessary if we are to support practices of co-inhabitation in times of climate change. Through the exhibition GROUND FLOOR, the architecture office Secretary rethinks the future of the street frontage using photomontage, plan, and text in order to test ways in which we might make space for a future together in the generic urban development areas left to us after 20 years of “new urbanism” in Sweden.
SECRETARY is an office for architecture, peopled by Karin Matz, Rutger Sjögrim, and Helen Runting. Two architects and a theorist/planner. The practice is built on a shared interest in the capacity of architecture to facilitate a dignified life at the scale of the population. Secretary aim to produce buildings, exhibitions, research studies, and megastructures that give form to the late welfare state in the 21st century.