Contemporary Australian Pavilions
A Conversation on Art in Architectural Practice
14 March 2019
Under the canopy of Corps à Corps in the IMA Courtyard, architects Ashley Paine, Susan Holden (University of Queensland), and Dirk Yates (Speculative Architecture) will discuss the widespread fascination with architectural pavilions and their proliferation in the Australian context, ranging from high-profile public structures to institutional commissions and urban interventions. While these structures often share a common scale and temporariness, they also accommodate a wide-range of agendas and audiences. They also increasingly present occasions for art and architecture to meet.
This conversation will consider some of the issues raised by the contemporary pavilion phenomenon and the evolving place of art in contemporary architectural practice.
Susan Holden is an Architect and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Her research on the relationship between architecture and art has considered historical cases such as the post-WWII synthesis of the arts and the competition to design the Centre Pompidou, to contemporary developments in practice including the proliferation of pavilion architecture. She has published in a range of journals including Journal of Architecture, Leonardo, AA Files and the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art and contributes to the professional journal Architecture Australia. Susan is author, along with John Macarthur, Ashley Paine and Wouter Davidts of Pavilion Propositions: Nine Points on an Architectural Phenomenon (Amsterdam: Valiz, 2018), an outcome of the Australian Research Council funded Project: Is Architecture Art: A history of categories, concepts and recent practices.
Ashley Paine is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. His recent research and publications have examined topics as diverse as the history of striped façades, the collection and reconstruction of architecture in museums, contemporary pavilions, and the posthumously built works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Ashley has contributed to journals including AA Files, ARQ, The Architectural Review, and Interstices, and is co-author of the book, Pavilion Proposition: Nine Points on an Architectural Phenomenon. Ashley is also a practicing architect, and co-founder of Brisbane-based practice, PHAB Architects.
Dirk Yates’s practice, Speculative Architecture, centres around the disciplines of art and architecture. His involvement with the local arts community includes directing the artist-run initiative The Farm (2002-2004), editing a monthly journal of local art, developing exhibitions of painting and installation, along with collaborations on public projects. The Corps à Corps structure at the Institute of Modern Art was developed in collaboration with artist Celine Condorelli and landscape architect Pete Shields, and focuses upon principles of subtropical design in an urban context. The project won the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter Art & Architecture award. Speculative Architecture is currently developing projects for the refurbishment of exhibition venues and educational facilities.