THE WINTER OFFICE
Commons Lab Residency:
April 1 – September 29, 2019
Copenhagen-based THE WINTER OFFICE has been invited to participate in a special sited residency at 18th Street Arts Center in which the art, architecture, and design working group will immerse themselves in the artist residency environment of our arts organization, in order to generate materials for the future of 18th Street Art Center as a vector for social and creative action. During their residency, this artistic group’s participatory and spatial research methodologies will result in a knowledge-intensive and collaborative site study of the historical and contemporary uses of built space in our non-profit arts organization. Their goal is to produce an urban planning document that proposes new responses to the urban and environmental complexity surrounding 18th Street, not only to consider and propose new routes for the spatial programs of its future architecture, but also to co-evolve 18th Street’s impact on the cultural fabric of Santa Monica.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
THE WINTER OFFICE is an artist group and work network consisting of artists, curators, architects, designers and social scientists founded in 2010 by the American artist Hugo Hopping and the Danish architect/urban planner Johanna Ferrer Guldager. Established in 2010, THE WINTER OFFICE upholds a creative strategy concerned with blending and defining collaborations between art, architecture, social science and design. As a network and work group it also seeks design challenges in cultural, developmental, educational, and disaster-recovery infrastructure that is needed in urban, suburban, and exurban environments. Drawing on architecture, planning, and social science research, THE WINTER OFFICE hopes to respond with initiatives that can express themselves both in art and architecture in favor of new uses for social/urban planning and design. To this end, the group seeks to enable the production of final objects, constructions, research and exhibitions to raise the quality of the built environment. The group is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.