The Catastrophe Colours 2018 – Gonzalez Haase AAS and June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff
07.03.18 – 22.04.18
An Exhibition by Gonzalez Haase AAS and June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff
Opening Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 7pm
Exhibition until 22 April 2018
Images of catastrophes disseminated by the media are etched into our visual memory with particular emphasis. Yet our brains don’t necessarily store concrete images but rather abstractions of the documented events – a diffuse colour spectrum. Architecture office Gonzalez Haase AAS took up this phenomenon and translated it into design guidelines: the architects developed the book Catastrophe Colours in 2014, a colour theory of the present, in which media images of catastrophes are confronted with their inherent chromatic essence. Thus Catastrophe Colours functions as a colour fan, no longer inspired by art as Le Corbusier’s Clavier des Couleurs but based on research, linkage, and storytelling – the basic components of our information society.
Architecture office June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff later adopted Catastrophe Colours in their design. For the exhibition they structured various catastrophe colours into new sets of colour; Middle East Conflict, Vietnam War, Cold War, Nuclear Disaster, Oil Spills and Terrorism. As clavier for polychromatic designs of interior spaces, specific colour fans can only be combined with specific others – given a political connection. Oil Spills can only be combined with Cold War, for example, but not with Nuclear Disasters. The achieved abstraction is instantly reintroduced into reality, the catastrophes regain their meaning, colour patterns transform into narratives. For the exhibition Gonzalez Haase AAS and June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff present possible colour combinations as vivid sample sets: dark media reality in its most colourful similitude.
The exhibition is part of Stop making sense, it’s as good as it gets.: a program developed by Ludwig Engel and Joanna Kamm, derived from a close reading of Tom McCarthy’s novel Satin Island. The book deals with the impossibility to reach the present and the resulting inability to write the Great Report on our contemporary society. Following these thoughts, artists, writers, architects, theorists and scientists are invited to discuss their interpretations of time through different formats.
Founded by Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase in 1999, Gonzalez Haase AAS is a Berlin-based studio with principal practices in architecture, scenography and lighting. Early work with Richard Gluckman and Robert Wilson for the Watermill Center in New York became the first of many highly regarded projects with contemporary artists, curators and collectors. Keeping the interplay between light and architecture at the forefront of their designs, AAS have gained a noted reputation for their spatial concepts. Their work includes major artwork installations, luxury retail interiors, residential extensions and conversions for industrial and art-related spaces.
June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff is a collaborative practice by Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge from Germany and Sam Chermayeff from New York. The two met at SANAA in Tokyo where they worked from 2005 to 2010. The studio aims to have people relate to architecture, for architecture to relate to people and for people to relate to themselves. June14 searches for an understanding of different ways of living and working in the contemporary world. On a practical level the principals have experience with a wide range of projects from small gardens and bespoke furniture to office towers. The office is based in Berlin and New York.