Actions from Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative
From 8 March to 20 May 2022
Monday to Friday 9:30-17:30, Saturday 14:00-18:00
Archizoom, SG building, EPFL
An exhibition about the inclusiveness of our buildings and common spaces, showing the archive of the radical 1980s feminist architecture practice Matrix. This work explored issues about community and the built environment, and traced the implications of feminist theory and critique on architecture and urban design.
The exhibition also hosts the DRAG(UE) teaching unit, a Cuisine and Literature program around the reconstructed furniture of Berta Rahm’s pavilion by ANNEXE, as well as architecture workshops organized by the Science Promotion Service at EPFL.
Curated by Tiago P. Borges, Teresa Cheung, Silvia Groaz and the collectives la-clique and Trojans.
Opening Monday 7 March 2022, 6 p.m.
With the collectives la-clique and Trojans
Gourmet visit Tuesday 8 March 2022, 12 a.m.
With the curators of the exhibition, on registration
Guided tour of the exhibition Monday 21 March, 5 p.m.
With Jos Boys, visit in English, on registration
Lecture Monday 21 March, 6.30 p.m.
By Jos Boys, lecture in English
Book launch, Making space by Matrix, Verso edition
Guided tour of the exhibition Tuesday 26 April, 5 p.m.
Online lecture Tuesday 26 April, 6.30 p.m.
By Jane Rendell, lecture in English
Gourmet visit Monday 2 May, 12 a.m.
With the Archizoom team, visit in French, on registration
Online lecture Monday 9 May, 6.30 p.m.
By Dolores Hayden, lecture in English
Finissage Friday 20 May, 6 p.m.
Live music & Drinks with Confiture collective
All conferences are also available online.
Meeting ID : 646 5060 5823
ANNEXE : CUISINE AND ARCHITECTURE
A series of events proposing meetings, discussions, food preparation and degustations around the reconstructed kitchenette and furniture of Berta Rahm’s pavilion by Elena Chiavi, Kathrin Füglister, Amy Perkins and Myriam Uzor within the ANNEXE project. A program organized by Marie Walliser.
Debate Monday 11 April 2022, 3 p.m and 6.30 p.m
Collective cooking preparation with the products of Castor Freegan followed by a debate organized by the Réseau femme et SIA and hosted by the podcast Les Poissons sans Bicyclettes.
Meeting Monday May 9 2022, 12.30 p.m and 1.30 p.m
Presentation by ANNEXE team followed by a collective cooking preparation with the products of Castor Freegan.
Banquet Thursday 12 May 2022
Organized by the DRAG Lab.
Book launch Thursday 19 May 2022
Food and Architecture by Craig Vezone & Cristina Woods.
DRAG(UE) TEACHING UNIT
Wednesdays from 28.03 to 18.05.2022, 1 – 5 p.m.
The DRAG(U.E.) teaching unit proposes to explore the built environment (socially and physically) through its performativity (Butler, 1990) by introducing the perspectives offered by gender studies, queer theories, de/postcolonial studies and urban sociology.
Organized by Marion Fonjallaz, Morgane Hofstetter, Julien Lafontaine, Gianna Ledermann, Claire Logoz et Nagy Makhlouf.
WORKSHOP : STEP INTO AN ARCHITECT SHOES
Tuesday 19 April to Friday 22 April 2022, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For 11 to 13 year olds, on registration.
After a visit of the exhibition specially dedicated to young people, a model-making workshop will allow them to imagine and build a recreational space. The goal of the animation is to make the participants aware of their environment and how it is built and used. The workshop will focus on understanding the spaces in which we socialize and reflect on how these recreational spaces are adopted and transformed by our own desires and by our interrelationships with others.
Workshops organized by Anna Pontais, Science Promotion Service at EPFL.
The actions presented in the exhibition were made by a collective of women known as Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative. They were active in London between the 1980s and the 1990s and shared a concern about the way buildings and cities work for everyone. They specialised in working with people, groups and organisations who have traditionally been excluded from the design process. They were architects, teachers in higher education, researchers, mothers, builders, journalists.
Matrix originated from the late 1970s New Architecture Movement, a mixed group of socialist architects, students, teachers and builders. They were concerned about making architects more accountable and questioned the relationship between user and architect, and between architect and builder. From unstructured exploratory discussion, in the autumn of 1980 a group of women moved to more formal meetings and formed the Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative. The foundation of the Co-op marked the beginning of a conscious movement to recognize and explore the potential of women in architecture.
In opening up broad questions on architecture, its agents and production, the exhibition addresses three main complementary and necessary concerns: building design and supervision, education, training.
This exhibition follows on from How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist design Co-operative at the Barbican from 17th May 2021 to 30th January 2022, curated by Matrix Founding Member Jos Boys and Assistant Curator Jon Astbury, and has been made with their knowledge and support. The majority of the captions in this exhibition reference those from the exhibition at the Barbican. All the material in this exhibition are facsimiles of documents available on the Matrix Open feminist archive. The Zoom video interviews were performed by Maria Venegas Raba, the final editing by Maria Venegas Raba, Anna Ulrikke Andersen and Tim Copsey, with the support of The Bartlett Innovation Fund UCL. All efforts have been made to credit the work where possible.
The curators Silvia Groaz, Teresa Cheung and Tiago P. Borges would like to sincerely thank the team, past and present at Archizoom – Cyril Veillon, Solène Hoffmann, Beatrice Raball, Sophie Wietlisbach, Clémence Dubuis and Elena Chiavi for their assistance and support. We feel honoured to have been able to contribute to this institution that we hold in our hearts, during this intense and extended period of the pandemic. We are pleased to be able to conclude our time at Archizoom with this exhibition, which brings together so many of the themes and topics that we hold dear.
We are also grateful to the following people who have collaborated so generously and freely with us to bring this exhibition to fruition: Jos Boys and Jon Astbury, la-clique, Trojans Collective, Annexe, Marie Walliser, Pablo Fillit, Timothé Deschamp, Emma Larcelet, Simon Wüst, Chantal Blanc and the EPFL Library, Atelier Dyakova, and to all those who are taking part in the programme.
Tiago P. Borges
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