Last Tuesday, feelings of curiosity, enthusiasm, and skepticism surrounding Airbnb filled the Swiss Institute for a night of discussion on the app’s relationship to architecture. Consisting of Alessandro Bava (Airbnb Pavilion), legendary designer and architect Andrea Branzi (via video projection), Airbnb representatives Rachael Yu and Aaron Taylor Harvey (who tried to avoid being perceived as representatives), and moderated by Sean Monahan (K-HOLE) — the event was almost predestined to provoke spontaneous architectural theories. If one… [read more »]
August 28th – September 3rd
The Mega Mall Exhibition series will feature a revolving display of work culled from a multitude of Chicago-based artists. The organizer’s intent is to expose Chicago to the broad expanse of relevant contemporary work produced here.
Organizing a show in a place designed explicitly for non-luxury commerce runs contrary to the model used by current art fairs, where access is denied to those without status or privilege. A tattoo artist in the Mega Mall becomes equivalent to a museum/gallery director, and personal, real world, life-applicable experiences become as relevant as the display and/or sale of an art object.