ADS0: Rooms and Windows – Framing the Everyday Catastrophe in a City of Interiors
This year our studio explored catastrophe, a framework fraught with conflict but also aspiration. Commonly used to denote disaster or calamity, the words’ Greek origin katastrophē implies a denouement, overturning, or the resolution of a plot. In the context of the everyday, catastrophe encompasses events leading to unexpected shifts, a force denaturalising the most mundane aspects overlooked by repetition, routine, or mere tedium. ADS0's 2020-2021 program confronts our current circumstances focusing our spatial practices inwards, towards the interior, through specific devices, the room and the window. Whereas the room is activated as a pictorial stage, the window is put forward as an intermediary optical device which not only links the interior with the world outside but above all metaphorically links architecture with photography, film, and art practice.
We engaged this year in a particular use of both analogue and digital representational techniques, positioning the image and its construction process at the centre of our approach that is based on research by practice through experimentation. ADSO is run as an artist collective. Individual students are guided to develop their own unique practice through the year. As a result, the studio is constituted by a diverse body of work, offering a multitude of unique perspectives on our theme, that help us challenge our prevailing value-systems and in doing so, present us with an opportunity to face change in a more radical and joyful way.
Steve Salembier & Maria Páez González
With special thanks to:
Melanie Deboutte, Louis-Phillipe Van Eeckhoutte, Kelly Spanou, Benny Vandendriessche, Brendon Carlin, and Andrew Houston.