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Merce Rodrigo García

Country(activity based):
United Kingdom
Genre:
Architecture, Social Theory, Anthropology

Profile

Graduated from Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London in 2000.
Recent 5 main activities are;
Artist in residence (UN-SCALE. Frontier /2016/ Dar Al-Ma'mun, Marrakech)
Multifaceted event (OrNamenT Epiphanies: TOKYO /2014/Café Oto, London)
Multifaceted public 3-day event (OrNamenTTokYo /2011/ AAN Art Autonomy Network)
Architecture workshop (/2011/ UIA 2011 24th triennial world congress of Architecture)
Group exhibit (The Age of Antimodernism/ 2011/ Kunstverein Munich)

Merce Rodrigo García is a London based architect and PhD candidate at Birkbeck College. She obtained an MArch from Research Architecture Goldsmiths having completed her Architecture degrees at the Bartlett. She is a founding member of the transdisciplinary duo OrNamenT with Dr. Verina Gfader and initiator of the program UN-SCALE, which begins with parallel researches in West Sahara and Tokyo. She teaches architectural history and theory at the Architectural Association, has previously taught design at Oxford Brooks University and been a research fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology. She was recipient of a Canon foundation in Europe research fellowship and selected for various mobility and exhibition awards in relation to art/research residencies and symposia. She has practiced architectural design, organized events and published internationally.

About works / performance

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Going Up
Research on the Three Gorges Dam ©Kristina Hertel

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20 Years
Research on Monsanto's court case

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OrNamenTTokyo
Workshop 2011 ©Hikaru Fujii

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UIA 2011 Tokyo
Architecture Workshop ©Kohsuke Uchino

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Going Up
Resin model ©Kristina Hertel

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OrNamenTTokyo
Urban walk 2011 ©BCL

Comment

Merce’s understanding of architecture is not merely as the production of rarefied urban structures, but as a part of a shifting system of legal, technological, social and material conditions. Her work draws from vocabularies of law, geography, philosophy, anthropology and non–Euclidean geometry. Her current research traces links between the scalar projection of the social space and contemporary situations of impasse and social stagnation. Her topological investigation seeks to map the im/possibility of effecting change today. It bears on multifaceted questions of polity (the city) and territoriality (the international space).
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