Curator-led Guided Tour
Curator-led guided tour at Tate Liverpool

How do abstract propositions and physical reality meet in architecture and art, and how does that transformation or bridge affect us as users?

Join us for our one-day symposium to discuss these ideas and consider how art and architecture affect our everyday life. The symposium will encourage you to use architect Claude Parent’s Twelve Subversive Acts to Dodge the System as a starting point for thinking about tools and devices that open up the imaginary orchestrating new conditions that enable unforeseen outcomes.

In 2001, the radical French architect Claude Parent published a manifesto, Twelve Subversive Acts to Dodge the System, outlining a set of rules or a methodology that dissolves the categories and order systems on which architecture is conventionally determined. These rules, if followed, would enable a new freedom for thinking, which for Parent was turning a building into a landscape thereby reorganizing the social dynamics of its inhabitants.

Since the 1960s, Parent has been experimenting with similar ideas, initially with his collaborator, philosopher and urbanist Paul Virillio, which developed into what they termed Fonction Oblique. For Parent, ramps and sloped surfaces are a substitute for the conventionally orthogonal roles of walls, ceilings and floors - aesthetically inspired by World War II bunkers constructed along the Atlantic Wall.

Art exhibitions and museums are also places where the abstract and the concrete meet, not only in the ideas and works of artists but also in the audience experience.  Co-commissioned by Tate Liverpool and the 8th Liverpool Biennial, A Needle Walks Into A Haystack, Parent’s radical transformation of the Wolfson Gallery at Tate Liverpool offers new possibility for how works from Tate’s collection are viewed, and offers an alternative perspective of the physical and symbolic space of the museum.

The new architecture is a device for thinking and experiencing - intended not as historic revisionism of utopian or modernist architecture - but a contemporary re-negotiation of the tools, terms and processes available to and invented by artists working today.

Book your place now, and join the discussions.

Claude Parent’s Twelve Subversive Acts to Dodge the System:

  1. OPEN THE IMAGINARY
  2. OPERATE IN ILLUSION
  3. DISLODGE THE IMMOBILE
  4. THINK CONTINUITY
  5. SURF ON THE SURFACE
  6. LIVE IN OBLIQUENESS
  7. DESTABILIZE
  8. USE THE FALL
  9. FRACTURE
  10. PRACTICE INVERSION
  11. ORCHESTRATE CONFLICT
  12. LIMIT WITHOUT CLOSING

Workshop at University of Liverpool: Thursday 23 October 2014 10.00–12.00

The selected participants for the call for papers are warmly invited to take part in a workshop, the morning of Thursday 23 October. We will discuss a selection of commissioned work by students from the School of Architecture, inspired by the themes of the symposium. Venue TBC. Booking available soon.

Symposium organised in association with The Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA) at the University of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial.