Art & Architecture Summit London

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

4 October 2019

Art & Architecture Programme



Amy Sherlock, Deputy Editor, frieze; Curator, Frieze Academy Art & Architecture

Opening Conversation: What Else Can Art Be? Theaster Gates In Conversation

Theaster Gates’ work has long been rooted in creating spaces for communities and cultures that are politically and economically marginalized or under threat. In long-term, ongoing projects – many of them rooted in the economically deprived South Side of Chicago, where the artist grew up – Gates has used the economies, institutions and materials of art as a force for urban regeneration and cultural preservation. In conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose (director, The Showroom, London).

Virtual Worlds: Design Beyond The Physical, presented by RIBA

Technological developments are beginning blur the boundaries between virtual and physical space. How can we use VR to re-imagine the ways in which we design and use our built environment? Conversely, how can we design these new and limitless virtual spaces to best utilize their potential? Architectural designers Space Popular will be in conversation with artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Daniel Birnbaum (artistic director, Acute Art).

Coffee Break

New Spaces

Architects present some of the most interesting and innovative recently completed international museum projects.

Chasper Schmidlin & Lukas Voellmy (Schmidlin Architekten & Luvo Architekten, Zurich) – Muzeum Susch, Switzerland
Francesca Torzo – Z33 Kunstencentrum, Hasselt, Belgium
Tom Emerson (6a Architects, London) – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK

Lunch Break

Panel Discussion: Insta-tutions? How Social Media Is Changing Exhibition Design

How are traditional arts institutions responding to the phenomenon of Instagram museums? How much does the selfie influence what artworks are installed and in which kinds of space? Does this democratize the art-viewing experience or do we risk making art more visible but less seen?

Moderator: Orit Gat (critic, New York)
Anthea Hamilton (artist, London)
Sam Jacobs (architect, London) 
Ralph Rugoff (curator, Venice Biennale 2019)

Performing Architecture: Liz Diller discusses The Shed 

A telescoping shell that can expand and contract to create standing, seating or open space for an infinite variety of uses, The Shed is responsive, future-proofed setting for live performance and time-based artworks. Eleven years in the making, the building is the result of a challenging design process: construction began without a cultural institution confirmed to take the space, with the architects acting as both designers and clients. Liz Diller, who lead on the project for Diller Scofidio + Renfro discusses the challenges and possibilities of this unique structure.

Coffee Break

Re-thinking Everything: How Multidisciplinarity Can Change the World

What can the fields of art, architecture, design and technology learn from one another? In the Bauhaus’s centenary year, a reflection on why the pioneering school’s multidisciplinary approach is more relevant than ever in response to the urgent political, environmental and social questions of the day.

Closing Keynote: Learning from Nature: Sou Fujimoto

From his smallest project – an all-glass public toilet set within an enclosed garden in Ichihara City, Japan – to his open, scaffold-like design for the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, and the recently opened abre blanc, a mixed-use tower that seems to grow from the ground in Montpellier, France, Sou Fujimoto’s designs seek to incorporate nature into the built environment. In this lecture, he discusses what architects can learn from natural forms.

Closing Remarks

5.30pm –7.00pm
Drinks Reception


*Timings and content are subject to change