Groupies: A Mark Magazine project at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Bauhaus Groupie

Image courtesy bauhaus-online.de

We’ve all heard of ‘selfies’, perhaps even taken a few ourselves. So why not ‘groupies’?

During the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Mark Magazine collaborators Rafael Gomez-Moriana and Sergio Pirrone will be casually interviewing and photographing Biennale attendees in groups, whether it’s architects and their entourage in the Giardini, impromptu conversation circles at cocktail parties, or groups of architourists in the city. During each Groupie Session, a single provocative question will be thrown to participants and the ensuing reaction photographed (as well as audio-recorded for transcription purposes) for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of Mark Magazine.

Group photos betray our real social networks. Normally commemorating an extraordinary collective achievement or special occasion of some sort, group photos are historical markers laden with cultural significance. With this project, we hope to capture architecture’s group dynamics, team spirits, collective antics, social networks and political allegiances.

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona and teach at CIEE, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

One comment

  1. Antonio Gómez-Moriana

    Enhorabuena, Rafael. Esperamos que sean un éxito esos diálogos, y que los podamos ver pronto en tu blog.

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