Soft and furry: exchanges in the museum environment is a day event within the Art and Context Program framework that invites us to rethink the idea of the museum and its spaces during the second decade of the 21st century, its uses, dynamics and poetics from an architectural and design point of view. The activity takes its inspiration from a reference that Salvador Dali made in his book, Los cornudos del viejo arte moderno (The Cheating of Old Modern Art) (1956) to a conversation (real or fictitious, does it matter?) that he had with Le Corbusier about his premonitory postmodern view of architectural reality. The event invites us to question the devices that make up the hegemonic reality of the institution which hosts the event and, in this way, be part of the process and the development of suggestions from the Program’s artists in relation to their final exhibition, which will take place at the IVAM. The exchange of ideas will be moderated by Marina Povedano Revilla with participation from Miguel Leiro, TAKK and Pablo Bolumar.
Marina Povedano Revilla (Castelló de la Plana, 1989) is a graduate in Philosophy (University of Barcelona), Architecture (Polytechnic University of Catalonia), and a Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices from GSAPP- Columbia University, New York. She is a curator and lecturer in the Theory of Architecture at the ETSAB-UPC (Barcelona School of Architecture). She was a curatorial assistant at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, she took part as a curatorial researcher in the Mexican Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennial and is currently a curator at MiAS Architects, where she curated her recent exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Miguel Leiro (Santiago de Compostela, 1994) is a product designer and commissioner. He graduated in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute (New York) and was awarded the Spanish Royal Academy Prize in Rome (2017). Leiro currently lives and works in Madrid. His work investigates the limits of the design process and its effects on the objects that surround us. In 2020 he founded Office of Design, a cultural agency dedicated to the advancement of the cultural practice and production of design. From the Office of Design, he leads on platforms such as MAYRIT Bienal, a design and architecture biennial specializing in young and experimental design.
TAKK is an architectural production space that is shared by Mireia Luzárraga (Madrid, 1981) and Alejandro Muiño (Barcelona, 1983) who work within the intersection between architecture, politics, nature and gender. Their projects, many of which are ephemeral, invite critical thinking both of the materials or techniques used and of the inclusion of challenges that society can bring about. Thus, in some of their projects one can observe the inclusion of technology or questions such as the relationship between species or climate change. Since its foundation in 2010, they have developed projects for companies and institutions such as Vitra, FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, CA2M and Swatch.
Pablo Bolumar (Valencia, 1996) is an industrial designer specializing in dark lighting and site-specific installations. He studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Product Design at Middlesex University, London and did his Masters in Geo-Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. His work centers around the transformation of materials into functional art pieces through assembly and small scale processes. His current research centers on the ecology of materials and global processes such as light contamination.