Liam Gillick, From Fredensborg to Halen via Loch Ruthven - Courtyard Housing Projections

H-I-C-A, Inverness-shire, Scotland

1 September - 6 October 2013

From Fredensborg to Halen via Loch Ruthven - Courtyard Housing Projections, Liam Gillick's ongoing residency project with the Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, will open to the public on Sunday 1 September, 2 - 5 pm, and continue as a developing exhibition until 6 October.


Gillick's residency takes as its starting point a consideration of two low rise high density housing projects.  The first if Jorn Utzon's Fredensborg Housing (1963) in Zealand, Denmark. The second is Atelier 5's Halen Estate (1957 - 1961) near Berne in Switzerland.

Both these projects sited high density walled housing within natural landscape. They function both as experimental projects and abstract forms in their own right.

For the residency Liam Gillick will work from ground plans of twenty important buildings from the twentieth century. From these plans he will extrude new low rise forms that will exist as new formal abstraction and massing studies for future potential high density structures.

The work will be carried out over the Summer of 2013 in various locations ranging from Texas to Scandinavia, including a stay at HICA to photograph and research the local landscape.

A series of axonometric projections will be produced as a record of the project.

Gillick's work over the last twenty years has frequently focused upon the semiotics of the built world - examining structures that were proposed as 'functional utopias' and producing revised forms that accentuate of attempted development with particular focus upon revision, renovation and attemps to control the near future and the recent past.





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