Sanz Serif, a makeshift nickname earned as a result of my typographic likes, is the umbrella under which I present the diverse facets of my work: academic research on architecture and urbanism, design speculations, graphic design, curatorial and editorial work, and writings developed individually or collaborately, in institutional settings or independently.

Current focus: Workscapes.

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Dec142017

WORK, BODY, LEISURE - Venice Biennale 2018

Sisyphus Prototype. Simone Niquille 2017.Het Nieuwe Instituut, the commissioner of WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the official Dutch contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, has announced the commissioned exhibitors at the Rietveld Pavilion in the Biennale’s Giardini, and selected projects for the extended program. I will be one of the exhibitors at the Rietveld pavilion, presenting together with Marten Kuijpers an installation on the built environment of automation. Exhibitors include Mark Wigley, Beatriz Colomina, Amal Alhaag, Simone C. Niquille; and exhibition designer is Floris Vos.

The curator of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, Marina Otero Verzier, has invited a group of architects, designers, historians and theorists, whose work is a reference for a critical understanding of emerging technologies of automation, and their spatial implications. Each of the contributors will conceive an intervention inside the Rietveld Pavilion as part of the collective exhibition WORK, BODY, LEISURE, and will be in dialogue with the projects developed as part of the extended program:

Amal Alhaag, curator, cultural programmer and radio host, will address technologies of the body and how these are informed by the concept of the cyborg, enslaved and ethnographic body. Alhaag will work in collaboration with The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC), a research institute within the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden) and the Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal), which serves as a focal point for research on ethnographic collections in the Netherlands. Architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina will reexamine the bed as a unique horizontal architecture in the age of social media and will look at its use as a workspace transforming labor. Marten Kuijpers, architect and researcher, and Victor Muñoz Sanz, architect and postdoctoral researcher, will explore the architecture of full automation in the city of Rotterdam and across agricultural clusters in the Netherlands, jointly with Het Nieuwe Instituut and TU Delft. Designer and researcher Simone C. Niquille will unravel the parameters embedded in design software shaping contemporary work spaces and bodies optimised for efficiency, ergonomics and human/machine interactions. Architecture historian, theorist, and critic Mark Wigley, will revisit New Babylon by Constant Nieuwenhuys, and discuss its proposal for an alternate architecture and an alternate society in which human labor is rendered superfluous. Floris Vos, art director and set designer, has been appointed as the spatial designer for the exhibition.

See also: LOU / Lights Out!, APM / FutureLand, ALA / Automated Landscapes.

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