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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.

Exhibitions

Current exhibition

Djernes & Bell
Reparative Ecologies

 

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08.03 - 04.05 2024

Opening Friday, March 8, 17.00-20.00

Introduction at 18.00

Titled Reparative Ecologies, Djernes & Bell's exhibition advocates for the transformative potential of repair and maintenance in confronting the pervasive challenges of overconsumption, pollution, waste, and degenerative practices within our built environment. Through site based exploration, the exhibition emphasises the radical yet gentle impact of ‘making good’ as a new form of practice where repair and maintenance are primary design generators and material transformation connect us to landscape and life.


Highlighted within the exhibition are three ongoing projects, each serving as a testament to Djernes & Bell's interdisciplinary approach. Central to all projects is a commitment to fostering a material ethic rooted in care, craftsmanship, and repair, nurturing environments where life can flourish, landscapes can thrive, and existing structures can be renewed.

Hedeskov Center For Regenerative Practice

As an extension to the 40 year long reforestation and regenerative land-use practice of the Hedeskov client’s, Djernes & Bell have designed an ambitious regeneration, restoration and transformation of the former rural school. Based on principles of regenerative agriculture the project uses both heritage building craft techniques and new post-carbon locally available materials to repair and revive the main school building and ancillary buildings. Realdania has supported the project in data-collection on hygroscopic and off- gassing of biogenic materials in a restoration context, as well as an architectural-anthropological study on whether the translation of the regenerative philosophy can be felt in the building. The site- based material audit and clay material design have been done in collaboration with Local Works Studio.

Harvest to House

Høst til Hus (Harvest to House) workshop was an investigation into the interface between agriculture and the built environment. In a hope of generating a new-narrative focussed on gentle land-use, material culture, carbon capture, ecological interconnectedness, deep-time and beauty. The seminar resultet in a short artistic film

by Nicholas Brooks with a speak by Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland and a cross-cultural thatched mock-up at Orbi Vraa. 


Syd For Solen Bio-Romantic Follies

Inspired by the romantic garden layout of Søndermarken and the park's former garden pavilions, Djernes & Bell designed the pavilions for the music festival, Syd For Solen. Djernes & Bell invited artists and craftspersons working with bio-based materials to communicate the possibilities inherent in increased sensitivity to material connectedness and bioethics. Reusable scaffolding structures and scaffold fabric, local thatching long-reeds, and soil from the nearby Frederiksberg Have were used to construct the pavilions.


Djernes & Bell, founded in 2020 by Jonas Djernes and Justine Bell, is an architectural practice based in Copenhagen with a special interest in what already exists: built, material, human, and natural. Djernes & Bell have extensive experience with adaptive reuse, restoration, and transformation of existing buildings and environments.

Photos by Djernes & Bell (above, Hampus Berndtson (below)

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