André Castro Vasconcelos

Installations in Exhibition Spaces

www.insolitfestival.com/

In the last decades we have often seen in the media related to architecture certain “alternative architectures”.
Architectures that have been becoming progressively subject of specialisation and often full time dedication by architects, architecture offices and collectives which found in this subject a expedient for the practice of architecture, often in trouble due to overcrowding of graduates in face to the real demand for architects.
To name alternative to this architectures is justified by its non inclusion in the academic curriculums and by its experimental and marginal nature in relation to the usual buildings (that meaning the almost entire of the built landscape which uses the construction methods and materials recognised as such).I propose to enunciate 4 different branches within this type of architecture: the “Architectural Installation”, the “Spatial Intervention”, the “Communal Building” and the “Construction with Natural Materials”.
All this architectures presuppose a bigger proximity between the project and its materialization and obey to the same Low-cost Low-tech strategy.
My work as been about the “Architectural Installation”. Somewhere between what is gathered as art or architecture, the fundaments are the same of the dichotomy space/enclosure as well as the gilding lines are the ones used in architecture. However this constructions subtract from the Vitruvian triode (Beauty Utility and Structure) the utilitarian demands, replacing them by “Representation” which means that the object incarnates, one idea, one action, one metaphor beyond its own materiality.
This arquitectural installation can ocupy exibition spaces, urban contexts or natural landscapes. They differentiate from the usual installation for beeing in fact a construction, with a structure and in which there is an interior space and an exterior as it is implicit in architecture.
On the other hand thay differentiate from temporary architecture for not having a functional propose.

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“GATHERING”
Insolit festival / Festival d’intervencions efímeres als patis de Palma
Patio “Cal Comte de la Cova” Palma de Mallorca,
06.07.2016 – 09.07.2016

DIMENSIONS:

5∅x9m (dxa)

MATERIALS:

32 Shirts, 40 trousers, Ropes, 144 plastic 1,5l water bottles, 64 stay-on-tabs, plastic net

PHOTO CREDITS:

André Vasconcelos

TIME FOR PREPARATION:

1 month

TIME FOR ASSEMBLAGE IN SITE:

2 days

STATEMENT:

The shape of this installations is developed by the intension to respond to the verticality of the site and to work at the same time with shirts and trousers. Ad to that the idea of working different levels of interpretation and to tune the construction details towards the quality of a regular building.

DESCRIPTION:

This installation was assembled over the space of a patio. It consists in 32 shirts and 40 trousers connected and lifted with strings.

CONSTRUCTION:

The construction of this installation started by the assemblage of the shirts circles and the filing of the trousers with plastic net to simulate volume. In the site the railing of the balconies was use to connect the ropes that hold the shirts and the trousers which were lifted starting from the top.

“VÊTEMENTS DE RECHANGE”
Les Constructeurs Insatiables
Muse de la vache qui rit, Lons-le-Saunier,
21.02.2014 – 07.09.2014

DIMENSIONS:

5,2∅x7m (dxh)

MATERIALS:

82 Shirts, 4 Jackets, Ropes, 172 empty 1,5l water bottles

COLLABORATORS:

António Ildefonso

PHOTO CREDITS:

André Vasconcelos

TIME FOR PREPARATION:

1 months

TIME FOR ASSEMBLAGE IN SITE:

2 weeks

STATEMENT:

This dome is set in a collective exhibition that aims to address pleasure of building small architectures symbolized by the hut. Presented as a recipe, that anyone can do at home by gathering the ingredients and following the exact form to combine them.

DESCRIPTION:

This installation was assembled over the space of the entrance of the museum. It consists in 82 shirts 8 of them with short sleeves and 4 jackets. This garment are bottomed together and lifted in the air in continuously smaller circles.

CONSTRUCTION:

Create a wooden structure in each of the four tops to hold the strings_ Bottom the garment n circles of 2/4/8/12/16/20/24 elements_ Elevate the shirt rings one by one _ Final adjustments using stay-on-tabs.

“DOME WITH 84 SHIRTS”
16ª Bienal de Cerveira
Vila Nova de Cerveira,
16.07.2011 – 17.09.2011

DIMENSIONS:

6,5x4x7m (lxwxh)

MATERIALS:

84 Shirts, Ropes, 168 plastic cups, 168 stay-on-tabs

COLLABORATORS:

António Ildefonso, Nuno Pereira, André Rocha

PHOTO CREDITS:

António Ildefonso

TIME FOR PREPARATION:

2 months

TIME FOR ASSEMBLAGE IN SITE:

3 days

DESCRIPTION:

This installation was assembled over the space of the cafeteria of the biennale. It consists in 84 shirts bottomed together, lifted with strings using stay-on-tabs to dispose the shirts in the right location.

CONSTRUCTION:

Piercing the walls and placing chains to hold the cables _ Elevate the shirt rings one by one _ Final adjustments using stay-on-tabs

“CONSTRUCTION WITH 24 TROUSERS”
Madmansproject 2007
Leuven,
07.2007 – 08.2007

DIMENSIONS:

4x4x4m (lxwxh)

MATERIALS:

24 Trousers, ropes, balons

COLLABORATORS:

Kevin Nicasi

PHOTO CREDITS:

André Vasconcelos

Time FOR PREPARATION:

2 weeks

TIME FOR ASSEMBLAGE IN SITE:

1 days

CONSTRUCTION:

Piercing the walls and elevate the trousers _ Final adjustments using stay-on-tabs