Visual Cultures Lecture Series: ÅYR / castillo/corrales
16 October 2015 | 6.30pm 8pm
Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Opening the Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2015/16 is ÅYR, an art collective based in London (formerly known as AIRBNB Pavilion) whose work focuses on contemporary forms of domesticity. Founded by Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Bava, Luis Ortega Govela and Octave Perrault, the collective was first formed on the occasion of an exhibition during the opening days of the XIV Architecture Biennale in Venice, which took place in apartments rented on Airbnb. It changed its name to ÅYR in 2015 following legal pressure from the San Francisco/Ireland based company. ÅYR tackles the evolution of the contemporary home and its transformations from the fortress of the family to a commodity traded online with performances, site-specific installations, events and writing. Its work focuses on the relationship between objects and their environments, and the effects of the internet on the city.
Their large-scale interactive installation at Frieze London will tackle the question of the ‘Smart Home’, curating a collaboration between cutting edge interior design and technology companies. The Smart Home is the first victim of the colonization of real space by digital space and has swiftly come to occupy a central position in debates around Big Data and its impact on contemporary forms of life.
castillo/corrales is a non-profit organization run on a volunteer basis by a group of artists, curators, writers and graphic designers. Since its inception in 2007, it has been conceived of as a self-sustainable project – a new type of art space in Paris that provides artists, professionals and audiences with an intimate and informal environment conducive to experimentation, discussion and learning.
Berlin Based performance artists Bar Vulkan will also perform from 4.30–6.30pm and 8–9pm in a site specific bar to be built in the entrance hall of the lecture theatre.