For his first solo exhibition outside of North America, Chicago-based Canadian architect Jimenez Lai's Bureau Spectacular will transform London's Architecture Foundation's Project Space with an inhabitable installation, creating a modular home of 'super-furniture'. Launched on Kickstarter, the project has seven more days to achieve its proposed goal of USD$20,000.
Riffing on notions of privacy and publicity, and the contemporary performance of living in public, the installation merges the exhibitionism of Hugh Hefner with the live-art of Joseph Beuys. Jimenez himself will call the installation home over the London Festival of Architecture period, before a series of invited guests stake up residence in exchange for hosting public events, over the course of the exhibition.
Fascinated by the interplay between storytelling and building, absurdity and speculation, Bureau Spectacular weave architectural design, representation, theory, criticism, history and taste into comic strips that pop from the page into the real world as installations and small buildings - from kinetic sculptures that simulate architecture in zero gravity, to proposals for an architectural park of building-animals.
Bureau Spectacular, who describe their strategy as one of making 'absurd stories about fake realities that invite enticing possibilities,' is an operation of architectural affairs founded and led by Jimenez Lai since 2008.