MOMA loves the neighbourhood Lavapiés. Its houses and most of all the people who live there. This was demonstrated through the recent collection of Design and Architecture, through the project Ikea Disobedients. An iniciative by the architect Andrés Jaque, through the Madrid Studio Andrés Jaque Arquitectos and from the Office of Political Innovation.
“Ikea is the project of bringing ordinary life into young, blond, sunny happiness. But every happiness-project produces its opposed discontents. We are not an Ikea agrupation: We are not only healthy. We are not only blonde. We are not only young. We are not only straight. We are not only children producing” declared the project, which critically revises the idea of the home as well as social and family relations that is promoted through the ikea philospy, as well as the importance of design and current architecture.
Independent and the republic bodies in a closed network. Andrés Jaque emphasizes the importance of refocusing the discipline of architecture from its social and political emphasis and moving onto people and relationships that are generated in each space. Thus, submitting designs-not only Ikea furniture, but individuals and families-multiple displacements (health, geography, age, sexuality …), the artistic and architectural project has Jaque domestic spaces as centers of complex coexistence of great personal wealth, and as important forums for public and political commitment.
Conceived as a work in progress, as a performance-project, the work consists of two parts: an installation consisting of a disobedient building based on Ikea furniture that deliberately do not follow the standard installation instructions, and a performance, where a number of real neighbours- from the Lavapies district of Madrid and in the near future, Manhattan-occupy the building with their customs, daily rituals and variegated forms of public-private coexistence.
Curated by Ariadna Cantis, through the Arte es Acción, Ikea Disobedients acts as an architectual and artistic expertiment, a communal experience, poltical and civic which was first introduced in central La Tabacalera (Madrid, Spain) in November 2011 and will premiere in New York on September 12, enriching the archive with the experiences of people in the Big Apple. Local accent for an international landmark.
Bárbara G. F. Muriel