The twin exhibition, a collaboration between two agencies whose work balances between Japan and Flanders in the Singel in Antwerp will run until March 28, 2021. The lecture with Sugiberry & Schenk Hattori will take place online on 24 March 2021.
Sugiberry & Schenk Hattori
Two young architectural firms working from Flanders and Japan investigate the unspoken in the cross-fertilization between both cultures. Sugiberry (Meaning) shows how an idea that adapts to a changing context, more specifically in the cultural exchange between Flanders and Japan, leads to new connections and new layers of meaning. Schenk Hattori (Translations) explores the limits of our imagination, even more the mysterious and often lost elements in architecture.
To this end, they make use of the Cabinet in De Singel as well asdesigned an outdoor pavilion in the garden of the building.
The Cabinet is the starting point of a fictional journey as an introduction to the built and unbuilt work of both offices. In this room you get to know the work and the people behind both desks. There is also the book, made for the exhibition “Under 35” in Osaka in 2018. It is on this occasion that both agencies met for the first time.
Sugiberry and Schenk Hattori created a pavilion for this exhibition in the courtyard of De Singel. The pavilion is a temporary structure that offers space to exhibit their work, more specifically creations at an early stage in the search for architecture, without lapsing into a retrospective character. The material from which the pavilion is constructed comes exclusively from the stock space of De Singel, and includes panels from Jan Fabre’s 2003 play “Je suis sang”, a vinyl canvas used in the exhibition “How small? How stuck? ” by Junya Ishigami was used as floor covering in 2013, and stamped earth blocks that were part of the installation at Case Design’s exhibition “The Art of Collaboration” in 2019. With a limited budget, this pavilion was built in collaboration with the construction team of De Singel from recycled material.
SUGIBERRY is an architectural firm based in Brussels (BE) and Tokyo (JP), founded by Mayu Takasugi (JP) and Johannes Berry (ZA). They are interested in architecture, more specifically in the relationships between people, environment, materials, construction, space and meaning. They have projects in Belgium, Japan and South Africa, with ongoing projects in Belgium and the United States.
The title of the exhibition “MEANING” refers to a theoretical investigation of the agency into the processes by which giving meaning takes place in the human thought pattern, how associative thinking leads to seeing what we want to see because this is the easiest attitude and refers to what we already know. Their work responds strongly to seeing and wanting to see and think to see within the human brain.
Schenk Hattori Architecture Atelier was founded in 2014 by Steven Schenk and Daisuke Hattori, after their meeting at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (CH). Since then, the office has been expanded with the partners of both architects and has a base in Antwerp and Kyoto.
The title of the exhibition “TRANSLATIONS” refers not so much to the fact that Schenk Hattori is a Belgian Japanese office, which is confronted with clear cultural differences, but rather to the relationship and action between the architecture itself and the recipient. The way it is perceived by a subject as an object or, at best, in its active role itself. The exhibition is guided by a question that constantly arises: “What is the relationship between the way in which form manifests itself for and in us?” Their vision goes back to the psychology of architecture.
Meaning / Translations
The double exhibition Schenk Hattori. Translations en S U G I B E R R Y. Meaning in deSingel will run until the end of March and is part of the overarching theme Back from Japan, including the current exhibition (from 09/09/2020 to 10/01/2021) Re-practice Re-visit Re-turn belongs.
Plan your visit via the website of rhe Flanders Architecture Institute.
Online lecture on 24 March at 8 pm.