artist / participant
This summer magnus müller Gallery debuts "Its Form Will Follow Your Performance", the most recent project by performance architect Alex Schweder. In a two-week long performance in the beginning of the show, Schweder offered free architectural advice to any visitor who seeked it. Still on view is the rehearsal space for clients and five renovations recently completed by Schweder. In all of these works he seeks to alter the architecture by changing the behavior of the occupants.
In Schweder’s architecture, occupation and performance are forms of construction, unstable, variable, permeable, and fluid. He proposes that architecture is enacted as much as it is built. Therefore altering (or renovating) space can also occur through the way occupants behave in it. This position reformulates the modernist credo of form follows function, placing architecture beyond the realm of the formal, as designated by function and program.
Schweder, a Princeton-trained architect turned artist and a Rome Prize Fellow, is among a new group of emerging practitioners in which the gallery is invoked no longer as an area of display, but as a testing ground to formulate new paradigms of spatial practice. Here, architecture functions as a medium or spatial protagonist, through which forms of agency may be invented, negotiated, provoked, uncovered, eschewed, or displaced.
"Its Form Will Follow Your Performance"