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.

 

Current exhibition

Anna Chavepayre/
Collectif Encore:

 
We Are the Landscape

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2022/09/02 - 10/01

Opening Friday Sept 2nd at 6-9 pm


 

Anna Chavepayre is a Swedish architect based in France. She is the founder of COLLECTIF ENCORE, an architecture practice engaged in the search for new ways of living, dwelling, cultivating and constructing in the French rural countryside between Basque and Bearn.

 

Collectif Encore sees architecture, landscape and dwelling as one. This includes people, animals and plants alike.

 

Encore translates to "more" and "once again". It also refers to something not yet finished. It is an architecture which doesn't begin or end, and wants to make life more beautiful than architecture.

 

In the exhibition at SPARK, Anna has selected two projects to be presented with drawings and moving images: Hourré, Anna’s home and La Tannerie, the working space of Collectif Encore.

 

Anna Chavepayre got her training as an architect at Jacques Hondelatte's office in Bordeaux, at OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris. She has taught at the KTH Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm and lectures regularly at architecture schools in Europe.

 

She was awarded the 2018 Kasper Sahlin prize for Hamra Ateljébostad in Gotland.

 

collectifencore.com

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Past events

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SPARK Talks #7: Architects vs Artists

At Parapeten, Sveriges Arkitekter's pergola, H22, Helsingborg

Modered by Max Gerthel

On June 21st at H22 in Helsingborg SPARK will organise a round table talk with a group of Swedish architects, artists and curators around the topic "Architects' and Artists' roles in the conceptualization of Public Space". It will be held in the Sveriges Arkitekter pergola next to the H55 Pavilion on Parapeten, opposite the SeaU Congress Centre. The talk is open to the public and will be held in Swedish. 

Participants:

Jonas Elding, architect, founding partner of Elding Oscarson, member of Kungliga Akademien för de Fria Konsterna and Guest Professor, Politecnico de Milano

Edvin Bylander, architect, Our Architecture Office

Barbro Westling, visual artist and writer

Malin Zimm, Editor-in Chief of the magazine Arkitektur

Susan Bolgar, project co-ordinator, Kivik Art Centre

Jeanette Gostomski, curator for the exhibition Skala 1:1 at Sofiero Slott

 

Tuesday, June 21st, 3-4 pm 

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SPARK Talks #6: Recollection Of Our Memories with Mikaela Steby Stenfalk and Tove Dumon Wallsten

Modered by Per-Johan Dahl

SPARK Talks #5 with Sebastian Skovsted, Steffen Levring and Studio See-Daa

From the outset, architecture is a multisensory experience: Visual, touch, smell and sound all make up the overall impression of a space. Historically, the visual impact weighs heavier than others, because we experience architecture at so many scales, and the other senses lose their relevance at a distance. However, the sounds of the city and have fascinated thinkers and artists for centuries, and there is an awareness of its influence on our well-being as well as our memories of places.

 

Sound plays an important role in both the conception and experience of architecture, as highlighted in the collaboration between Johansen Skovsted and Steffen Levring in their exhibition Currents and Structures at SPARK.

 

By diving into the audial dimension, new worlds can be discovered. But how do soundscapes appear and how do we acknowledge them? Can we talk about authorship of sounds as we do of buildings? Can architects work consciously to accommodate and explore soundscapes in their structures? In this talk we will bring light on the relationship between sound and space.

Digital event: SPARK @ SSDD 2021

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During Southern Sweden Design Days in Malmö, May 27-30, SPARK participates with a digital event, (in)Formed By Wind, a film where architect and researcher Erica Hörteborn presents a kinetic, knitted design prototype that challenges and explores the textile material within architecture. Wind is both used and dampened, merging engineering, architecture, and art in the installation.

 

There is something intriguing in the way a textile moves in the wind. A light textile material picks up the, seemingly, random movement in the wind. Creating structures in motion with soft, billowing shapes that seem to dance. New means of expression were found through exploring the structure of the knit and its ability to create a three-dimensional effect on the surface level as well as on an architectural scale. The project is part of Erica Henrysson’s research at Chalmers, where she is working in the intersection between material, form and force. The overlap between the fields of textile, architecture, and wind.

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Erica Hörteborn has a double degree: Master of Architecture and a MSc in Architectural Engineering. Since fall 2016 she is a PhD student and part of the Architecture and Engineering Research Group. Her research explores textile form, material, and production methods, as well as mathematical sketching, simulations and physical prototypes, with a focus on wind and kinetic architecture. “How can we, through the use of textiles, create architecture that use and benefit from the wind?”

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO PERSONAL REASONS AND THE CORONA RESTRICTIONS, THE EXHIBITION AT SPARK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2022.

In the meantime, please enjoy the digital presentation presented below and on the SSSD website.

SPARK Talks #4 om Ornamentets funktion. Söndag den16 maj på Zoom med:

  • Brrum (Ulrika Karlsson, Cecilia Lundbäck och Veronica Skeppe)

  • David Svensson, bildkonstnär

  • Max Gerthel, arkitekt och curator på SPARK.

SPARK Talk #3 Sunday Nov 22 on Zoom with:

  • Ana Goidea, architect, PhD fellow, Dept. of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University.

  • Jessica Abbott, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Biology, Lund University.

  • David Andréen, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University.

  • Per-Johan Dahl, Associate Professor, Dept. of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University.

SPARK Talk #2 D Samtal om bl a den skapande människan, relationen till material, 3d printing och arbetsprocesser.

 

  • Ingar Brinck, professor Teoretisk filosofi Lunds universitet,

  • Polymorf arkitekter

  • Per-Johan Dahl, lektor i Arkitektur LTH