Artist Talk: Wim Cuyvers discusses his practice with Orla Barry

13 October 2016

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Wim Cuyvers responds to Orla Barry’s exhibition through his own practice and their mutual links to the elements, struggles with the environment and rural living.

Thursday 13 October 2016 | 6.30pm
Studio 6
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Wim Cuyvers responds to Orla Barry’s exhibition through his own practice and their mutual links to the elements, struggles with the environment and rural living.

More than often controversy encircles his work, which he nevertheless does not seek, yet when asking fundamental questions, these easily show themselves as problematic questions. He does not make a distinction between his architecture, texts or art. "When limiting its means, architecture clips its own wings. Architecture is not merely about constructing buildings, but about thinking. Architecture has to construct existential spaces, instead of functional spaces." As an architect Wim Cuyvers is looking for existential spaces - space that questions, that nurtures a degree of confrontation or concentration, that can only be negatively defined: not privatised, not economical, not claimed and not controlled.

Exploring the boundaries of art and life, Breaking Rainbows uses the relationship between wo/man and animal, and the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between [Orla Barry] the artist and [Orla Barry] the shepherd to reflect on the primal and poetic and unpredictable bond we have with the natural world. For more information on the exhibition please click here.

Orla Barry
b. 1969
Studied: University of Ulster, Belfast, De Ateliers Amsterdam
Recent Exhibitions/Projects: The Project Arts Centre, Dublin, The South London Gallery, Tate Modern London, If I can't dance, Amsterdam, IMMA

Wim Cuyvers
b. 1958
Wim Cuyvers is an architect and writer. He taught at the Dutch academies of architecture in Tilburg and Eindhoven, at Sint-Lucas in Ghent and worked at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht as an advising researcher. His publications include Tekst over tekst (2005) and Brakin (2006).

Graduated as an architect at the Hoger Architectuurinstituut Gent (B) in 1982. His work, often remarkable because of the wayward interpretation and projective transposition of its prior conditions, has been frequently published (a.o. in A+, Archis, De Architect, S/AM, Flanders Architectural Yearbook, A+U, Oase) and exhibited (monographic exhibition deSingel Antwerp, 1995; numerous Group Exhibitions a.o: “Nouvelle architecture en Flandres”, Bordeaux, 1996; “De rijkdom van de eenvoud”, Brussels, 1996; “Homeward, Contemporary Architecture in Flanders” Antwerp, Bordeaux, Rome, Venice, Plymouth, 2000, Archilab, Orleans, 2004, Kunst&Zwalm 2007.

He has been active as an author of critical essays on architecture and on broader cultural questions. Together with photographer Mark De Blieck he is the author of an untitled book treating about the rear of public space (Yves Gevaert publisher, Brussels, 2002) and published in 2005 ‘Text on Text’. In 2010 he published ‘Poor being poor’, a theater text. Cuyvers has taught in Sint Lucas Gent (B), Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Academie voor Bouwkunst Tilburg (NL), Technische Universiteit Delft, Ecole d’Architecture Paris Malaquais (F) and was advising researcher in the design department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL). Recent works were mainly about ‘reading’ public spaces in urban areas (Sarajevo, Belgrade, Tirana, Bucuresti, Brussels, Kinsjasa, Brazzaville, Manhattan...) He obtained honourable mentions in different design competitions and won the Culture Prize – Architecture of the Flemish Community in Belgium in 2005. Since 2009 he’s mainly working at and on Le Montavoix/e(s), a mountainious piece of land in the French Jura near the city of Saint-Claude, he calls Le Montavoix/e(s) a refuge de passage, a shelter for people on foot.