Invisible Giant in the Netherlands (2019)
as a Co-Machines mobile disruptive architecture
Mobile Disruptive Architecture
Saturday September 7 and Sunday September 8. 2019
Interventions in Eindhoven public space.
Inspired by the recent tendency among architects and designers to opt out of traditional office work in favour of creating self-initiated interventions in public space,‘Co-machines’ maps out a new architectural movement motivated by practices of place-making, occupying and squatting, and alternative economies. Ecological or technological in scope, all the interventions are mobile and nearly all of them are performed without permission from city planners. Presenting a selection of international projects by emerging designers, ‘Co-machines: Mobile Disruptive Architecture’ shows the life of the alternative, grassroots and DIY with an independent spirit. It seeks out approaches and strategies to complement established urban planning and city-building, and show the beauty and fun in initiative. In a range of ways, ‘Co-machines’ raises questions about the function of architectural permanence, the opportunities for social, ecological, ethical or dynamics otherwise in urban planning and the scope of architecture at large.
Through Onomatopee, four ‘Co-machines’ were produced to intervene public space in Eindhoven from September 4 -8, after which they went back into storage, to come out again during the Dutch Design Week, October 19-27.
The project/exhibition includes co-machines by Studio Basse Stittgen, Melissa Jin, On/Off, and Takehito Etani.
The visual language of the book, inspired by DIY risograph printing, is complemented by a series of thoughtful essays by architects, educators and critics working on the topic.
‘Co-machines’ is an initiative by ON/OFF, an interdisciplinary design studio based in Berlin, who works collaboratively, drawing on a diverse range of skills. Their work includes mobile structures, film and projection, building workshops and writing, and explores the in-betweens and overlaps of the urban experience to engage citizens in an immediate relationship with their environment in order to challenge conventional ideas of inhabiting and sharing space.
Exhibition / public program
Curator: Dan Dorocic (On/Off)
Assistant curator: Justin Agyin
Exhibition design: Architectuur Circus/Architecture Circus
Overall advice and management: Freek Lomme (Onomatopee)
Photography : Ralph Roelse
PR Illustration: Anika Juliane Neubauer (On/Off)
Lucas Gasselstraat 2a
5613 LB Eindhoven