Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture

Installation view, CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture
22/04/2018
Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture
In the Canadian Centre for Architecture [Montréal] Canada 23.03>02.09.2018
metalocus, JOAQUIN MINAYA
Installation view, CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture
Exhibition that reflects on the relationship between science and architecture with the laboratory as a center of creation and metaphor for experimentation.
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents "Lab Cult: an unorthodox history of exchanges between science and architecture". The exhibition takes place in the Octagonal Gallery of the CEC, and is curated by Evangelos Kotsioris, CCA Emerging Curator 2016-2017. In it, the concept of the laboratory is investigated as a recurrent metaphor for experimentation in both science and architecture.

As a place for the conduct of rigorous research, the lab has been an incredibly productive concept for both of these fields. But at the same time, this exhibition provocatively argues, the laboratory has developed into a cult – its seeming credibility has been repeatedly mobilized in order to normalize social behaviors, discipline the performance of bodies, regulate our environments, standardize the ways we live.

Kotsioris conducted his research during a three month residency at the CCA and developed the curatorial approach of the exhibition by juxtaposing archival material from the CCA collection with models, scientific instruments, photographs and films on loan from mor...read more
Dates
22 March to 2 September, 2018
Curator
Evangelos Kotsioris, CCA Emerging Curato
r 2016–2017
Graphic design
Louise Paradis, Montreal
Drawings
New Affiliates, New York
Psychological Laboratory in Dane Hall, 1892. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Harvard University ArchivesNikolai Ladovsky with the students in his workshop, in the department of architecture at the VKhUTEIN,  ca. 1925. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCASeek, The Architecture Machine Group, MIT, 1969-1970. Photograph by Harry Skunk and Jànos Kender J. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Paul Getty TrustMarvin Minsky, MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, 1968.  MIT Museum. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of J. Paul Getty TrustDr. Arnold Gesell studying behaviour of six months old baby, 1947. Photo by Herbert Gehr. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Times Inc.Twin architects, the Olgyay brothers, now working at the Architectural Library, predict radical changes in coming years, 1953.  Larry DuPraz Digital Archives, Princeton University. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of The Daily PrincetonianLaboratoire et table des Rapports. Encyclopédie, ou, Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 1763. Denis Diderot and M. d’Alembert. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCAFrank B. and Lillian M. Gilbreth. Inefficient Work Operation Stereoscopic photograph, ca. 1919. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NYÉtienne-Jules Marey. Detail of a contact sheet of original photographs showing smoke machines in operation, 1901. Photograph by Stéphane Dabrowski. No. ML 10, Collection of the Cinémathèque française, Paris. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCAFrank B. and Lillian M. Gilbreth. Efficient Work Operation, ca. 1919. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NYSchrittersparnis (ca. 1926). Drawing by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Dorothea StranskyShannon Maze photo. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of MIT Museum. 2010 MIT. Photograph by Michael CardinaliCedric Price. Generator, site model with key to cubes function, between 1976 and 1979. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Cedric Price Fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, 1979. William H. Whyte. CCA. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Municipal Art Society of New York The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, 1979. William H. Whyte. CCA. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Municipal Art Society of New York Installation view, CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Canadian Centre for ArchitectureInstallation view, CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Canadian Centre for ArchitectureInstallation view at the CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Sandra Larochelle PhotographeInstallation view, CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Canadian Centre for ArchitectureNicholas Negroponte’s SEEK, Architecture Machine Group, MIT, (1969-70). "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCAClaude and Betty Shanon’s Theseus, Bell Telephone Laboratories, (1950-52). "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCAMarvin Minsky’s experimental robotic arm, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, (late 1960s). "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCACedric Price’s Generator project, Office of Cedric Price, (1976-69). "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of CCAInstallation view, CCA, 2018. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for ArchitecturePhotographs of student models for exercises of the core course Prostranstvo (“Space”) coordinated by Nikolai Ladovsky at the VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN, Moscow, ca. 1920-1930. "Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture". Image courtesy of Collection Canadian Centre for Architecture