Introduced by Michael Rotondi, Nigel Coates presents a selection of his work beginning with a description of London. His Caf? Bongo project reveals his methodology of crashing opposed ideas into each other. In discussing an exhibit for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London he emphasizes the importance of the Situationist d?rive and psychogeography in his work. Using projects such as Ecstacity, Noah’s Ark, and restaurants for Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport as examples, he explains the significane of use, place, and sign in his process. Coates also discusses his furniture, retail stores for Jigsaw, a hotel in Hokkaido, Japan, the club Taksim in Istanbul, a revitalization scheme for Croydon in London, a gallery for the Geffrye Museum, The Wall in Tokyo, and the Penrose Institute of Contemporary Art.
Video Archive | Caf? Bongo (2)
Nigel Coates discusses his Caf? Bongo as an example of his method of crashing opposed ideas together through collaboration. A set design for a debating show was based on the British House of Commons and induced people to stand up and shout at each other. Discussing a sand city built on a beach for a photo shoot for Vogue magazine, Coates positions himself outside of what is normal in architecture, focusing on accumulation, contrasting ideas, and playing with representation. An exhibit for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London links many of his ideas with those of the Situationist movement in France, employing the d?rive and psychogeography as ways of knowing the city.