Changes must be afoot in the MoMA Architecture and Design Department for a work such as Ikea Disobedients to form part of its collection. Ariadna Cantis, curator of the event El Arte es Acción, was responsible for the project's first performance in November 2011 at the old La Tabacalera building in Madrid, under the name Performance & Arquitectura. It has now become the first piece of performance art to be acquired by the MoMA's Architecture and Design Department, with the requirement that it be adapted to be shown in New York.
The main thesis of Andrés Jaque Arquitectos and the Office for Political Innovation is that some kinds of domestic reality are defined by affective systems that do not reflect conventional family parameters, and that these may be starting to form a kind of dispersed domestic urbanism. These are households where, contrary to the slogan that the Swedish brand Ikea uses to define the perfect and hygienic home—"The independent republic of your home"—, the house has become a hybrid, semi-public space for making contact with the community, a place of friction and discussion. When asked about this a few days before the launch, Andrés Jaque said:
Although the performance dreamt up by Andrés Jaque may at first glance be understood as in some way turning these different domestic realities into a theatre work, the piece is transformed little by little, over the course of successive visits, into a venue for discussion, commentary, getting a haircut, listening to music or tasting some delicious meatballs
1. I owe this quote to Ignacio González Galán, who was with Andrés Jaque at the beginning of the performance.
Architects: Andrés Jaque Arquitectos + Office for Political Innovation
With the special collaboration of: Corentine Bohl, Gianna Bone-Teola, Moddy Harding, Donnie Jochum, Denish Kinariwala, Maja Leonardsen Musum, Rael Michael Clark, Greg Newton, Frank Traynor
Production: Ruggero Agnolutto, Roberto González García, Michal Just, Jorge López Conde, William Mondejar, Daia Stéeová, Claudia Suárez, Silvie Talackova, Javier Vidal
Sociological Investigation: Silvia Rodríguez
New York Research Director: Ana Peñalba
Voice: JM Pen