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.
Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter
& Steffen Levring:
Currents and Structures
September 24 - Okt 24, 2021
Opening 18-22 Friday September 24 during Malmö Gallery Weekend
Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter have invited artist Steffen Levring to take part in revisiting the studio's buildings in West Jutland. The architects have long had a fascination with vibrations and sounds in the two built projects and the structures' encounters with the elements that they wanted to capture and convey. Steffen Levring has chosen to take the vibrations from the structures and literally transplant them into the exhibition space.
The pumping stations along Skjern Å (2015) and the tower at Tipperne (2017) are the focal points of the exhibition. The tower at Tipperne is an open structure that is permeated by the strong wind. It is built of solid steel profiles. In the tower, some of the vertical columns carry weight, while others transmit tensile forces, creating an enormous reciprocal physical tension that is transmitted and exploited in the sound work.
The three pumping stations at Skjern Å have been built to move large amounts of water from the surrounding fields to the run of the river. The lower concrete chambers are traversed when the water is moved by the pumps. This brings the solid construction into oscillation which propagates upwards into the light wooden structures where the total vibration of the buildings is captured .
Steffen Levring has recorded the buildings' inherent sounds and vibrations using contact microphones, among other recording devices. In the sound work exhibited, they are played using contact speakers. The vibrations of the structures are transplanted with un-manipulated recordings to the surfaces of the exhibition space. As direct membranes, the large windows facing the street are used for treble frequencies, while the window plate and its underlying cavities are vibrated by bass frequencies.
In the exhibition, the sound work interacts with 1:10 and 1:20 models, as well as two landscape photographs (156 x 125 cm, Lambda on aluminum) by photographer Rasmus Norlander. Sound devices and models are physically isolated from the surfaces of the showroom, on non-transmitting plinths in loosely stacked Ytong multiplates.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Council.
Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter was founded by the two architects Søren Johansen (b.1981) and Sebastian Skovsted (b.1982). The office seeks to bridge the gap between contemporary building processes and materials, and basic architectural values, through a synthesis of ideas, techniques and manufacturing methods. The office sees structure as a lively part of the space it makes by placing and connecting components which are both readable and relatable and which strongly contribute to a particular spatial character.
The office works competently with building heritage as well as in protected natural environments and physical contexts that require delicate responses in both architecture and landscape.
Both Søren Johansen and Sebastian Skovsted have studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). In addition to their practice they teach at KADK at the Institute of Architecture and Technology.
Digital event: SPARK @ SSDD 2021
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.
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,
Per-Johan Dahl, lektor i Arkitektur LTH