Closing reception 007_Urban_Songline by Allard van Hoorn at Storefront for Art & Architecture – New York City

February 18th, 2012 by

Allard van Hoorn, 007_Urban_Songline, 2012, courtesy Storefront for Art & Architecture and the artist

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 7-9pm

Closing reception for: 007_Urban_Songline by Allard van Hoorn with sound design by Ryan Holsopple. A site-specific experiment and performance that transforms the Acconci/Holl façade into a musical instrument.

The installation consists of an interwoven network of strings throughout the façade and the gallery space that transform the space into an interactive, responsive musical instrument. When a panel of the façade moves, the strings physically activate the totality of the façade and acoustically transform the space of the gallery making the different spatial transformations audible for visitors through electronic transformation. Visitors become performers and are encouraged to manipulate the installation as they transcend the space by moving the panels of the façade and stretching and playing the fields of strings with their hands and bodies, thus constructing and transforming the acoustic and visual topography of Storefront.

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Allard van Hoorn solo exhibition and performances at Storefront for Art and Architecture – New York City

January 15th, 2012 by

January 17 – February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7pm
Performance Recordings: Daily, 5:00pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture will present  007_Urban_Songline   by Allard van Hoorn. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York and will continue his series of works that explore the tradition of Songlines through a site-specific, newly commissioned work that will literally transform the Acconci/Holl façade into a sound instrument. The origin of Songlines [or Dreaming Tracks] can be traced to Australian indigenous systems for navigation and caretaking of land achieved by mapping space through the creation of music based on the topography of land. Throughout the duration of 007_Urban_Songline, van Hoorn will create a series of Dreaming Tracks utilizing the changing morphology of the Storefront façade and the sounds emerging from the urban sonic context of the gallery.

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Photo gallery of Haas & Hahn exhibition at Storefront for Art & Architecture online – New York City

June 20th, 2011 by

Painting Urbanism: Learning from Rio exhibition by Haas & Hahn at Storefront for Art & Architecture, photograph courtesy of Brett Beyer

Storefront for Art & Architecture added a wonderful photo gallery of the current Favela Painting exhibition by Haas & Hahn.

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UPCOMING – Haas&Hahn solo exhibition at Storefront for Art & Architecture – New York City

May 6th, 2011 by


Haas&Hahn, Santa Marta, Praça Cantão, Communidade da Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, courtesy the artists

May 7 – June 11, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13th, 7pm

Storefront is pleased to present the work of Dutch artists Haas&Hahn [Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas] in the exhibition "Painting Urbanism: Learning from Rio”.

The exhibition will showcase paintings, documentary footage, pictures, sketches and plans of past, present and future projects developed by Haas&Hahn. Featured past projects include the Favelapaintings in Praça Cantão in Santa Marta and "Rio Cruzeiro" on the stairs of Rua Santa Helena all in Rio de Janeiro. Present projects include proposals for two New York interventions and future projects span throughout the world.

Haas&Hahn, Santa Marta, Praça Cantão, Communidade da Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, courtesy the artists

Haas&Hahn is the working title of artistic duo Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn. They started working together in 2005, when they filmed a documentary about hip hop in the favelas of Rio and São Paolo for MTV. Inspired by this visit, they embarked on a journey to bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places, starting with painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil together with the local youth.

Haas&Hahn, Santa Marta, Praça Cantão, Communidade da Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, courtesy the artists

Jeroen Koolhaas (Rotterdam, 1977) studied graphic design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and has been working as a freelance audio-visual designer and illustrator for the New Yorker magazine since graduation.

Dre Urhahn (Amsterdam, 1973) has worked as a journalist, copywriter, and art-director and has set up successful companies specializing in different fields, from event management to television production.

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Book launch and discussion Atlas of the Conflict by Malkit Shoshan at Storefront for Art & Architecture – New York City

November 16th, 2010 by

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7pm

Productive Disagreement 01 presents: Atlas of the Conflict by Malkit Shoshan

Storefront for Art and Architecture is pleased to present the first edition of the Productive Disagreement Series with the book launch of "ATLAS OF THE CONFLICT" (010 Publlishers) by Malkit Shoshan.

The first act of the evening will start with a book presentation by the author followed by commentaries by Andrew Herscher and Jane Harrison. The second act will consist on a public discussion with representatives of Israeli and Palestinian lobby groups moderated by Henk Ovink and Eva Franch.

About the book: The Atlas of the Conflict (010 Publishers, 2010) maps the processes and mechanisms behind the shaping of Israel-Palestine over the past 100 years. Over 500 maps and diagrams provide a detailed territorial analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, explored through themes such as borders, settlements, land ownership, archaeological and cultural heritage sites, control of natural resources, landscaping, wars and treaties. A lexicon, drawing on many different information sources, provides a commentary on the conflict from various perspectives. As a whole, the book offers insights not only into the specific situation of Israel-Palestine, but also into the phenomenon of spatial planning used as a political instrument.

About the Author: Malkit Shoshan , (Haifa, 1976) is an Israeli architect. Shoshan is the founder and director of the Amsterdam based architectural think tank FAST (the Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory). Their research explores and highlights the relations between architecture, planning, politics and activism in Israel/Palestine, Georgia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and the Netherlands. Shoshan is currently developing her Phd dissertation at Tu Delft. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally in magazines such as Volume or Abitare or venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Venice Art Biennale or the Rotterdam Biennale.

About the participants:
Andrew Herscher, University of Michigan, author of Violence Taking Place;

Jane Harisson, Princeton University, executive director of Atopia project;

Henk Ovink, director of National Spatial Planning, the Netherlands;

Representatives of Israeli and Palestinian lobby groups.

Atlas of the Conflict
Author: Malkit Shoshan

Designed by: Joost Grootens

English, 480 pp

195 x 115 mm / hardcover

ISBN 978 90 6450 688 8

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Bas Princen solo exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture – New York City

May 11th, 2010 by

Bas Princen, Shopping mall parking lot, Dubai (2009), courtesy Storefront and the artist

May 11 – June 26, 2010

Opening reception: Tuesday, May 11, 7pm

In May 2010, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present the work of Dutch photographer Bas Princen. The exhibition will feature approximately 11 large format photographs and will also present Five Cities, Princen’s portfolio published by SUN publishers, Amsterdam. Princen’s project originated as research for the IABR Rotterdam and explored the theme of "refuge urbanism." This exhibition presents a series of works in which Princen observes contemporary urban transformation in Turkey and the Middle East: how Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Dubai have become laboratories for a proliferation of spaces and practices of refuge – spaces of extreme poverty on the one hand and wealth on the other, ranging from migrant worker camps to gated satellite cities in the desert.

Concurrently, a second exhibition with photographs from the same series is travelling to Istanbul, Amman, Beirut and Cairo, the cities where the photographs were taken. These exhibitions will predominantly focus on the relation to the direct surroundings and phenomena shaping these cities.

Bas Princen, Mokkatam ridge (garbage city) Cairo (2009), courtesy Storefront and the artist

At Storefront, the work will be shown as an autonomous photographic series – removed from the context of the research-based IABR Biennale. The presentation will focus on the ambiguity between the documentation of real places and carefully constructed fictions. Through displaying the works at Storefront, removed from their context and history, the viewer is encouraged to make their own personal associations and interpretations. New understandings and fictionalized assimilations inferred from the images emerge. As Phillip Misselwitz and Can Altay write in a catalogue on his works "Princen presents his work in a way that mixes and further decontextualizes locations and sites, triggering unexpected conversations in which we discover distant and seemingly disconnected spaces and places entering new formal and material relations. The photographs do not force conclusions, but neither do they act to de-politicise, normalize or attempt to suppress a critical gaze. They afford us a moment of anticipation, a glimpse of space and the vocabulary of our cities to come." Storefront’s exhibition will highlight the photographic works separated from the photographic pairings happening in the varied cities, encouraging this type of viewing.

The juxtaposition of these two exhibitions will further explore the relationship between photography and architecture as well as the relationship between the researcher and the photographer. As Misselwitz and Altaywrites write of Princen’s subjects " Rather than investigating the social, economic or political dynamics that have produced the space, Princen considers the conditions that have emerged with an interest in their spatial and formal qualities. Despite the extreme differences in the dynamics of spatial production, the emerging spatial units are surprisingly similar at the very least, in their isolated nature and alienated relation to their surroundings."

Bas Princen, Former sugarcane field, Cairo (2009), courtesy of Storefront and the artist

The exhibition at Storefront will also include a public lecture with the artist that will be open to the public. The exhibition will be accompanied by a newsletter, which will include an essay written by Geoff Manaugh, editor of Dwell Magazine and author of the renowned blog on architecture and urbanism, BLDGBLOG.

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