MARK FOSTER GAGE ARCHITECTS ...end of summer 2019 news
MARK FOSTER GAGE + MIES VAN DER ROHE (!!)
Good company! The work of both architects is featured on the official posters of the four-museum "Impossible Architecture" exhibition that is overtaking some of Japan's most significant arts institutions this year. MFGA'S work (along with Mies and others...) was exhibited at The National Museum of Modern Art (Saitama), The National Museum of Art (Osaka), the Niigata City Art Museum, and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.
SELECTION FOR THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON
MFGA has been selected as one of 40 international firms to have their work exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of the exhibition "What is radical today, 40 positions on architecture." The exhibition will run from September 6th until November 7th, 2019.
GRAHAM HARMAN + MARK FOSTER GAGE = TIBET
Philosopher Graham Harman and Mark Foster Gage will co-teach an interdisciplinary advanced design studio at Yale University this fall. The studio, titled "The Architecture of Thought," will explore buildings that are purpose-built for thought and collective deliberation, done with advisement from the policy think-tank, The Brookings Institution. As part of the studio all students, along with Graham and Mark, will travel to Tibet for a week to study the architecture of some of the most significant thought-focused buildings in the world-- historic Buddhist monasteries. The studio will explore buildings and complexes including those of Jokhang, Sera, Palcho, Tashilhunpo and Drepung- which at one time housed over 10,000 monks. Interspersed into these visits will be equally informative visits to the historic retreat buildings used by the Dalai Lama for centuries including Portola, and Norbulinka. More online.
MFG LECTURES IN CHINA AND AUSTRIA
MFG will deliver a lecture at the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology on Sunday, September 29th. Then the following week, in early October, he will give a public lecture at the University of Innsbruck- followed by a day-long colloquium for PhD students.
BOOK #1 MONOGRAPH
Our new monograph published by Rizzoli came out this year: Mark Foster Gage: Projects and Provocations. It includes a forward by Robert A.M. Stern and afterword by Peter Eisenman, and was designed by Luke Bulman. Available here. Publishers description: Architect to Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti, Mark Foster Gage has spent 20 years leading the digital architectural avant-garde, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in architecture and design and exploding expectations. This volume features built and unbuilt work from around the globe, from a penthouse in downtown Manhattan to retail stores in Hong Kong. Mark Foster Gage, whose work Harper’s Bazaar has called “effortlessly chic” and who has been labeled a “boundary breaker,” is a visionary for today. Filled with surprises and creations of wonder, Gage’s work at once challenges expectations of what architecture might be and, as well, frequently fills one with a sense of excitement.
BOOK #2 DESIGNING SOCIAL EQUALITY
MFG wrote the new book Designing Social Equality: Architecture, Aesthetics and the Perception of Democracy. Published by Routledge Press. Available here. Publishers description: In Designing Social Equality, Mark Foster Gage proposes a dramatic realignment between aesthetic thought, politics, social equality, and the design of our physical world. By reconsidering historic concepts from aesthetic philosophy and weaving them with emerging intellectual positions from a variety of disciplines, he sets out to design a more encompassing social theory for how humanity perceives its very reality, and how it might begin to more justly define that reality through new ways of reconsidering the built environment.
BOOK #3 AESTHETICS EQUALS POLITICS
MFG edited the book Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses between Art, Architecture and Philosophy. Available here. Publishers description: This book makes a case for a reignited understanding of aesthetics―one that casts aesthetics not as illusory, subjective, or superficial, but as a more encompassing framework for human activity. Such an aesthetics, the contributors suggest, could become the primary discourse for political and social engagement. The contributors―philosophers, media theorists, artists, curators, writers and architects, including original contributions from such notable figures as Jacques Rancière, Graham Harman, Timothy Morton and Elaine Scarry,―build a compelling framework for a new aesthetic discourse.The essays discuss such topics as the perception of reality; abstraction in ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics as the “first philosophy”; Afrofuturism; Xenofeminism; philosophical realism; the productive force of alienation; and the unbearable lightness of current creative discourse. Contributors: Mark Foster Gage, Jacques Rancière, Elaine Scarry, Graham Harman, Timothy Morton, Ferda Kolatan, Adam Fure, Michael Young, Nettrice R. Gaskins, Roger Rothman, Diann Bauer, Matt Shaw, Albena Yaneva, Brett Mommersteeg, Lydia Kallipoliti, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Rhett Russo, Peggy Deamer, Caroline Picard
MARK FOSTER GAGE "vs" MICHAEL MEREDITH
Earlier this summer MFG had a discussion/debate on the subject of "resolution" in architecture, moderated by Michael Young. The event was held at the Cooper-Union's Great Hall (where President Lincoln spoke-- bar set high!) No blood was shed and a good time was had by all. The conversation was published in the new issue of Log, Issue #46.
MARK FOSTER GAGE INTERVIEWED BY JARRET FULLER
For the 129th episode of the podcast "Scratching the Surface," Jarret Fuller interviews Mark Foster Gage about his origins and influences as an architect, and about his new book "Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses Across Art, Architecture and Philosophy." 60 Minutes. Available to download or stream here.
MFG FEATURED ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL (CHINA)
MFG was the subject of an 6-minute segment on The Travel Channel's China's show "Go As Far As You Can," which focuses on international design innovators. Available to stream at this link below, which you will need to have flash to watch, and you can't fast forward. The segment is from 03:50 to 10:03. http://tc.hnntv.cn//ly/ydyzdy/ydyzdy2016/28917187.shtml
...AND FINALLY A FRESH NEW WEBSITE
Visit our overhauled new website at www.mfga.com, that now includes large-format project images as well as updated project content. Also available for download are some of MFG's writings, now available free for academic-use.