Dan Graham describes his work and shows photographs and videos of various projects. He describes his installations as “somewhere between architecture and sculpture.” He states one of the questions he asked himself is how to get away from “utopian self-contained objects.” Graham explains he is only interested in pavilions as exhibition space. He shows images of Opposing Mirrors and Video Monitors on Time Delay, 1974. He describes how his installations function and can be perceived. Other projects he discusses include; a pavilion installed in a residential neighborhood, a Pavilion for Children, private garden, 1988, and Public Space/Two Audiences for the “Ambiente/Arte,” Venice Biennale , 1976. A piece which Graham says thematically addresses the history of environments. He also shows his plan for Clinic for a Suburban Site, 1978. He states Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion is the pavilion form which interests him. For Graham, Mies’s glass pavilion showed that “nature could exist in a cubist play of reflections, as a collage on the exterior of the glass.”
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Dan Graham describes his various pavilion installations, and explains that he is only interested in pavilions as exhibition space rather than creating a sculpture for a museum. He talks about the influence of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and the effect of how “nature could exist in a cubist play of reflections.” Graham talks about his work as “somewhere between architecture and sculpture,” and his interest in their intersection while avoiding “utopian self-contained objects.” In describing his “favorite unbuilt project,” Graham states the “cinematic” is a component of all architecture. Graham describes his preference for a limited palette of materials and avoiding color.
Nancy Holt describes her interest in drainage and electrical systems. She shows a series of projects involving pipes, water, oil and electricity. Some projects are in galleries and some are outdoors. She discusses her first large-scale park design and how she managed to be part of the committee in charge of the architecture surrounding the park. Holt finishes the lecture by explaining her current work.
Holt shows slides of her work around the country for the last 18 years. She describers her work as site-specific public art. Holt begins by explaining her tunnel works. She shows a series of pipe, water and electricity pieces. At the end, Holt discusses her landscape and large-scale park designs.
Artist Mary Miss is introduced by Robert Mangurian, who stresses the importance of collaboration between architects and artists. Miss shows her work and talks about her evolution as an artist. Miss discusses her interest in the viewer’s physical involvement with her art, her interest in film and set design, and her desire to initiate an emotional response from viewers. Miss also discusses her collaboration with Susana Torre, and her personal process of design.
This video begins with an 18-minute 1984 documentary Toxic Earth: the need to unite, from the OSHA/Environmental Network, advocating collaboration between labor unions and environmentalists. After an introduction by Shelly Kappe, Antoine Predock presents his work from an autobiographical perspective. Predock discusses the big landscapes of the Southwestern U.S. and how these have inspired and informed his work. He goes through a series of projects reflecting on the rituals of place and site, the New Mexico High Plateaus, the High Alpine region and the Rio Grande Valley, while simultaneously giving glimpses into his influences and his travels around the world.
Antoine Predock discusses the big landscapes of the Southwestern U.S. and how these have inspired and informed his work. He describes rituals of place and site regarding the New Mexico high plateau and high alpine architecture, the Rio Grande Valley, and American Wild West strip architecture. Predock goes on to present projects in Arizona and New Mexico where a detailed site analysis leads to architecture that deals with the landscape, geology, relationship with the sun and the colors and materials of the land.
Predock presents projects in the high alpine landscapes of New Mexico. He discusses how his work responds to the site and place and how he has always been prone to create architecture from landscape.