Designers Roberto Pérez Gayo and Gabriel .A. Maher were living and working in Eindhoven for a residency to explore ways to transform Strijp-S into a more reflexive and participatory urban space. On the 6th of March, Baltan Laboratories will open up the doors to an exhibition in which the designers will share the findings and results of this residency.
6th March, 17:30h | Opening of the Exhibition
6th March – 24th April |10:00 (Sat 12:00) – 22:00 | Exhibition Open to Public
17th of April | Performance of Research & Publication Presentation
The gentrification and commercialisation of public space, the convergence of urban and media space and the use of information and algorithmic technologies in cities has been rapidly developing in the last years. To understand the impact that such processes have on the identities, behaviours and relationships of inhabitants it is not sufficient to problematize current cultural or political debates. Instead, it is crucial to understand the role of design in the development of contemporary urban space.
Designers Roberto Pérez Gayo and Gabriel .A. Maher explored this in their 6-week residency. Through anthropological and design research methodologies they deconstructed, visualized and physicalized the different design strategies, technologies and processes at play. They examined the role of urban infrastructures in affecting and orienting behaviour in Strijp-S, and the power relationships that arise in this context. In the process, the designers have involved key stakeholders and community members of Strijp-S such as organizations, inhabitants, students and urban planners.
In this exhibition, Gayo and Maher present their research and results to the public. Building upon ‘projection’ – understood both as an architectural medium for representation and organization, as well as an act of speculation, and imagination – the designers will present ‘Infraestructures for Participation’. This multimedia installation explores the relationship of infrastructures with the (re)production of identities, behaviours and social relationships in urban space.
About the designers
As a collaborative duo of designers, with interdisciplinary backgrounds in architecture, social design, interaction design and diversity work, their practice center on critical, analytical and participatory approaches to design and research. Their work considers the effects of design and designing on bodies and the shaping of identity. Operating from queer and intersectional frameworks, they investigate relationships between bodies and spaces and examine the technologies and infrastructures that participate in their construction. Their collaborative work has focused in recent years on public space and architectural hybrids where computational technologies, media, and architecture meet. Roberto Pérez Gayo | Gabriel .A. Maher
The Future of Strijp-S
This exhibition is part of the residency trajectory ‘The Future of Strijp-S’, organized by Baltan Laboratories and Trudo . Baltan and Trudo have established this residency on the future of housing and urban development to stimulate crossovers and experimentation, as well as to initiate new collaborations. The program acts as a driver for talent development for professional creatives, with a focus on social issues. The Future of Strijp-S
Exhibition Credits: Roberto Pérez Gayo and Gabriel .A. Maher , with the support of Marta Rios Piza
Interviews: Angelique Spaninks , Tim Kouthoofd , Pieter van Wesemael , Mariska Louman , Alex Jansen , Alwin Beernink , Appie Louwers , Bauke de Vries , Appie Louwers , Olga Mink , Thijs van Dieren , Koen Snoeckx , Jack Hoch , Thom Aussems
Participatory Research Event: Adi Ticho, Bianca Carague, Charly Blödel, Daniel Parnitzke, Matilde Patuelli, Roberta Di Cosmo, Sun Yichun, Mark Wang, Yun-Ting Chou, Anna Jakob, Qiaochu Guo, Manon Aubry, Samein Shamsher, Serina Tarkhanian, Marta Rios Piza, Coline Declef, Alina Natalia Słup, Anna Iversen
With Special Thanks to: The vibrant and generous community of Plug-In City, for all their support and inspiration along the way.