MEETING ARCHITECTURE Part 3: Vivien Lovell – The British School at Rome

Tomorrow, Wednesday 15 January 2014, sees the third part of Meeting Architecture, the British School at Rome’s new programme curated by Marina Engel, with a talk by british visual arts curator Vivien Lovell.

This lecture, the third event in the programme Meeting Architecture, will explore the interrelationships between visual arts and architecture and the roles, relationships, scope and creative tensions that surround artists’ collaborations with architects and other creative disciplines today.

A series of international case studies will consider various modes of integration, intervention and collaboration including the art programme for the Oslo Opera House designed by Snøhetta Architects and its artworks by Olafur Eliasson, Monica Bonvicini and Pae White; interventions within architecture by Gordon Matta-Clark, Christo & Jeanne-Claude and Richard Wilson; Anish Kapoor’s collaborations with architect Amanda Levete and engineer Cecil Balmond; Herzog & de Meuron’s collaborations with Michael Craig-Martin, Thomas Ruff and Ai Weiwei.

Vivien Lovell, visual arts curator and founder director of Modus Operandi, trained as an art historian and has focused the past twenty-five years of her career on the sphere of public art. She is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and chairs the British School at Rome’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

Modus Operandi acts as the creative catalyst in brokering art/architecture commissions and collaborations, producing cultural strategies and permanent and temporary artworks in the public realm for a wide range of clients including universities and the cultural sector, local authorities and government agencies, regeneration and transport authorities, the health sector, development companies, environmental, housing and community organisations, and places of worship.

Modus Operandi case studies presented include the public art programme for BBC Broadcasting House, London, designed by MJP Architects, where artists such as Mark Pimlott, Rachel Whiteread and Jaume Plensa were commissioned for permanent and temporary artworks and public engagement projects; the art commissions programme for The Quadrant, London W1 by Dixon Jones Architects, where artists Spencer Finch and Daniela Schoenbaechler each integrated light works into the architecture; and the renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, by Eric Parry Architects, with commissions by artists including Shirazeh Houshiary and poet Andrew Motion.

Modus Operandi commissions involving British School at Rome artist alumni include those by Alison Wilding, Liz Rideal, Tania Kovats, Kate Whiteford, Daniel Sturgis, Alison Turnbull, Antoni Malinowski, Kate Davis, John Riddy, Lothar Gotz, Marta Marce, Shelagh Wakely.

Vivien Lovell will lecture at the Royal College of Art, London on February 18th 2014.

The British School at Rome – Via Gramsci 61, Roma
January 15, 2014
(6pm: Lecture introduced by Ludovico Pratesi)