March 2015
Open Perspectives on Oskar Hansen
Courtesy Igor Hansen

a seminar in 3 sessions:
14, 21 and 28 March 2015
15:00 to 18:00
language: English 

For three Saturday afternoons, La Loge is focusing on Oskar Hansen’s practice and legacy.
Hansen was a visionary Polish architect, artist, theorist and pedagogue. In 1959, he developed what he called the ‘Open Form’ theory, a process-based philosophy that places human activity at the center of every discipline. With this dynamic seminar format, La Loge wants to provide the framework for a lively and critical reflection on Hansen from a variety of open perspectives: architectural, theoretical, plastic, aesthetic and so on.
Selected historical and private documentation of Hansen’s work will be available for consultation.
Seminar scenography conceived by Martin Belou (artist, FR) and Brendan Michal Heshka (artist, CA).

This seminar is co-curated by Aleksandra Kędziorek and Anne-Claire Schmitz, in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

Aleksandra Kędziorek introduces Oskar Hansen’s work through a special focus on his ‘Open Form’ manifesto. Aleksandra Kędziorek (PL) is art historian, and coordinator of the Oskar Hansen research project at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. She was a member of the curatorial team of the exhibition Oskar Hansen: Open Form presented at the MACBA in Barcelona (2014), as well as at the Serralves Museum in Porto (2015), and co-curated the seminar in 3 sessions presented at La Loge.

16:00 to 16:30 break & drinks

Based on his own architectural practice and his friendship with Hansen, Kroll converses with Dag Boutsen about his understanding and experience of ‘Open Form’. Architect Lucien Kroll (BE) is one of the pioneers of the participation movement of the 1970s and became well known for the Maison Médical student accommodation he conceived at the University of Louvain (1970-1976). Lucien Kroll and Oskar Hansen knew each other and expressed a lot of interest for their respective practices. Dag Boutsen (BE) is architect, and Dean at the Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven. He has been a close collaborator of Lucien Kroll for more than a decade. 

17:30 to 18:00 drinks 

As a member and representative of Assemble (UK), a design & architecture collective based in London, Amica Dall will talk about how the last few years of Assemble’s practice have lead them think about to what degree once radical ideas about public participation in the production of art and architecture have been successfully co-opted to other ends and causes, and what possibilities there are to be found in the margins and details for day-to-day practice to reclaim some to the value, richness and vigour of more public, open-ended and collaborative modes of production. 
16:00 to 16:30 break & drinks

In correspondence with Oskar Hansen’s attempts to expose the everyday life through architecture, Aleksandra Wasilkowska discusses her projects dedicated to hidden architecture of bazaars and public lavatories. Aleksandra Wasilkowska (PL) is an architect and artist based in Warsaw. She designs buildings, public spaces and realizes performative architecture projects with special interest in self-organization and community. Her long-term projects Shadow Architecture and Bazaristan were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2015. In 2010, she represented Poland at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale.

17:30 to 18:00 drinks 


Matthew Claudel (US) will weave the narrative of open design, its failure, and its rebirth in the Choral Architect, based on his research at the MIT Senseable City Laboratory and recent book, Open Source Architecture (co-authored with Carlo Ratti, published by Thames & Hudson, 2015).  

16:00 to 16:30 break & drinks

Screening of Wendelien Van Oldenborgh’s (NL) latest film, followed by a discussion with the artist. The film ‘Beauty and the right to the ugly’ is a cinematic experiment set in
Het Karregat in Eindhoven, a radical architectural and social experiment designed in 1972 by the Dutch architect Frank Van Klingeren (1919-1999). The building, which is the location as well as study-object for the film event, is a multifunctional community centre in a neighbourhood of new housing designed for an alternative middle class in Eindhoven.
17:30 Release of UP (BE) issue 17 starring Zofia & Oskar Hansen’s summer house in Szumin, constructed from 1968 onwards and continuously altered unt Oskar Hansen’s departure in 2005. Koenraad Dedobbeleer and Kris Kimpe, initiators of UP-fanzine, will share their experience of visiting Hansen’s house in Poland.


Practical information:
Dates and time:
14, 21 and 28 March 2015
15:00 to 18:00
Audience is welcome to join at any time of the program.
La Loge’s bar will be open throughout the sessions.
Seminar language: English
On donation
No reservation necessary, but seats are limited

This project is developed in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; it is supported by the Polish Institute and by an EEA grant, co-financed byt the Polish Government Funds, from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.