Workshop at Miami Science Museum
4th-8th grades, July 2014
Technological Disobedience in Berlin
Ernesto Oroza: Provisional Space/Collaborative Design
How do we exploit the potential of a building? How can we take existing architecture and city space and produce new possibilities? In this two-day workshop, Ernesto Oroza introduces the strategies of technological disobedience and need-based architecture. Discuss and create actions to improve your city by documenting and hacking space, and help produce a printed zine. Please bring a digital camera or camera phone.
Ernesto Oroza was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1968. His work focuses on conceptual design, architecture, and theory. He was a visiting professor at Les Ateliers, Paris, in 1998, 2006, and 2010, and a professor at the Instituto Politécnico de Diseño in Havana from 1995 to 2000. Oroza received a Harpo Foundation Grant in 2010, a Cintas Fellowship in 2008, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His publications include Editing Havana: Stories of Popular Housing (Denmark, 2011), RIKIMBILI: Une étude sur la désobéissance technologique et quelques formes de réinvention (Saint-Étienne, 2009), and Objets réinventés: La création populaire à Cuba (Paris, 2002). His work has been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain; and the Miami Art Museum.
This program is in English with German translation.
Photo by Mini Smulders
If you haven’t seen the current group show at the Centro Cultural Español, do yourself a favor and check it out. The group show, Proyecto Habitar (featuring works by Raúl Cárdenas/Torolab, Santiago Cirugeda/Recetas Urbanas, Democracia, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza, Juan Carlos Robles, and Todo por la Praxis), explores ideas of habitability drawing on everything from architecture to urban decay as subject matter.
The focus today is on the collaborative works of Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza. Lately the two have been making works utilizing everyday “unnoticed” objects that have optimal and single-minded purposes. Things such as milk crates, for instance, which are designed and utilized solely for the purpose of transporting milk, the two artists slot these items together into architectural entities in ways that hope to undermine their intended usage.
Today from noon to 2 p.m., Moreno and Oroza were slated to hold a workshop, but the artists opted instead to do something a little different. They’ve gathered a bunch of supplies: scissors, papers, balsa wood, a copy machine, and stacks free magazines of which the pages will be blackened out, and the artists invite workshop goers to come out and engage in discussion and also help them create makeshift collage zines that will document their current project.
Centro Cultural Español: 800 Douglas Rd. Suite 170, Miami 305-448-9677; ccemiami.org