Exhibition of graduates of the Studio of Architecture I led by Jindřich Smetana and assistants Pavla Grünerová and Josef Čančík.
January 18th to March 2nd, 2019
Grand opening: Thursday, January 17th at 6:00 pm
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Due to educational entrance examinations, the gallery will be closed from February 4th – 5th, 2019.
Gallery UM, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1
What brings together the graduates of Architecture I (A1) and how did their studies influence their work? It is not only the history of the studio between the years 2000 - 2014 when current rector prof. Jindřich Smetana led the studio, together with assistants Pavla Grünerová and Josef Čančík, that is captured by the A1.zip exhibition.
Based on various fragments of surviving archives, the team of exhibition creators attempts to convey, and describe the specificity, and character of the studio. They capture its history, as it is preserved in the personal memories of its graduates and educators, and in the works that arose in the studio.
"All of the graduates of A1 were addressed and petitioned to collaborate, as we tried to assemble the greatest amount of relevant data. The materials and information we have successfully gained are incomplete and not always fully substantiated, but the mosaic it creates is - as we hope - at least a partial testimony." the authors write.
A1.zip in the UM Gallery will present a collection of models and visualizations of school projects executed by former A1 students. Visitors will be able to see for themselves the extent to which the individual architects' education has influenced their further professional development and observe whether there is any specific connection to the work output of graduates from this studio.
Not everything was possible to include in the exhibition, so an accompanying publication of the same name became an integral part of the project, it serves to capture, and acts as a fixed point of the exhibition. It works with information that the creators of the exhibition found in various records, as well as with materials which the graduates sent themselves. This documentation includes twelve interviews with both former students and educators. The creators made sure that their selection was as diverse as possible and was an accurate documentation of studies during the particular time period of the studio, showing a diversity of opinions, and approaches to creating. Just as in the data archives, the interviews are only a partial source for the information and memories, but as a whole, they give an idea of how it really was back then.
The exhibition and supplemental publication are also an initiative for a collective meeting and is supported by the accompanying program. The organizers are hoping for debates on various topics to happen at joint meetings and other new information that relates not only to practice and study. The exact date of each event will be announced in advance on the Web and on UMPRUM's social networks.
"While extracting an archive from a compressed digital file, an error can occur due to data or hardware corruption, and thus to a decompression failure. Likewise, the archive of the Studio of Architecture I at UMPRUM during the time that Jindřich Smetana led the studio, was not complete. There is nothing left to do other than to start compiling the remaining fragments, mining memories and attempting to construct a blurry image, that would - incompletely and temporarily - capture the memory of this place and collective. The Archive is not just a one time forever closed collection of inanimate relics and fragments of a past reality, but rather something impermanent and transformative, in which the present day studio of A1 can extend."
Authors of the exhibition: Alžběta Brůhová and Jakub Herza
Graphic Design: Matúš Buranovský