A Continuous State Of Time – Workshop

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Nigerian Pavilion

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15th International Architecture Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia 2016

(photos: Filippo Peretti – Riccardo Tosetto – Augusto Maurandi)

 

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Nigerian Pavilion – 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2016 – Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist) – photo Filippo Peretti

Nigerian Pavilion – 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2016 – Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist) – photo Filippo Peretti

LINKS:

Nigeria: “Diminished Capacity”

 

 

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Ola-Dele Kuku at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2016

 

O l a – D e l e  K u k u

Diminished Capacity’

Nigerian Pavilion

15th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia

(26 May – 27 November 2016)

Venue: Spazio PUNCH – Giudecca

Commissioner: Nkanta George Ufot

(Director – International Cultural Relations, Ministry of Information and Culture)

Curator: Camilla Boemio (curator, writer, critic)

Associate Curator: Mr. Koku konu (architect – critic) Lagos, Nigeria.

Project Manager: Mr. Fabrizio Orsini (Co-founder – AAC Platform) Italy.

Exhibition Promotion and Communication: Mrs. Kavita Chellaram

(Director – Arthouse Contemporary Limited) Lagos, Nigeria

Collaborators – Sponsors:

Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Abuja, Nigeria.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rome, Italy.

Arthouse Contemporary Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria.

KU Leuven – St Lucas Architecture, (Int Masters Programme) Gent, Belgium.

LMS Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art Gallery Brussels, Belgium.

Website: http://www.nigerianpavilion.org/

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Ola-Dele Kuku, ‘Light source’ – Recognition (light box) © 2016 courtesy Ola-Dele Kuku Projects

Curator’s note:

Diminished Capacity intends to analyze a historical transaction moment with the ambition to rewrite history, starting from Nigeria to provide unpublished interpretations. In this condition, to rewrite history becomes a necessary evolution. The wrong reading of Africa transforms the continent itself into a country poised in perpetual opposition to restlessness; what is its identity in forms and structures? “Africa is not a country!” In that conflict, the first Nigerian Pavilion wants to prospect new methodologies.

Conflict is one of the recurrent themes in the work of Ola-Dele Kuku. The architect–artist sees that as one of the driving mechanisms in our world, and as a tool to set change in motion. “Conflict has played a crucial role since the dawn of creation, from the stories of the Big Bang to the paradise of Adam and Eve.”

Throughout his practice, Ola-Dele Kuku has consistently reshaped representation in a timely challenge. Working with drawing, installation, and objects, he has revisited the mainstays of architectural representational methods – plan, elevation, section – to inject unsettling slippages into their rigorous formalism. This new body of work fully embraces an analytical socio-philosophical slant that confronts complex issues such as resource depletion and their management, migration, micro and macro global changes, and the diminished capacity of countries amplified by multiple applications of manipulative strategies.

Camilla Boemio (curator, critic)

Ola-Dele Kuku, ‘Agenda Setting’ (neon series) Africa is not a country! © 2016 courtesy Ola-Dele Kuku Projects / LMS Gallery Brussels

The proposed project theme titled ‘Diminished capacity’, is a reflection of the contemporary global phenomenon of ‘Socio-Cultural Conflicts’, with specific focus on the role of ‘Information / Communication’ and the ‘Mass Media’. The exhibition will be presented as a reaction to the frictions of social communication and the mass media, vis-à-vis the notion of a unitary tendency of society and common values.

The contemporary sociology of mass media communication reveals a consistent presentation of agendas rather than reports which are illustrated by selected interest in particularities, focus and oversight’. Ola-Dele Kuku (architect – artist)

Ola-Dele Kuku, ‘Collective Representation’ – article 1 (light box) © 2016 courtesy Ola-Dele Kuku Projects / LMS Gallery Brussels
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A common reader : Teatro del’Archivio

Ola-Dele Kuku

29 May 2014 |  by Janantoon

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Ola-Dele Kuku (photo: Jan Mariën)

When I first saw one of Ola-Dele Kuku’s furniture pieces, I was immediately captured. This piece was exhibited in the Design Museum Ghent.
Actually, ‘furniture’ is a misleading label. The objects he creates certainly present themselves as furniture, but they do not limit themselves to mere functionality. All his creations boast an unusual playfulness, as if they are made solely for the homo ludens.Last week Ola-Dele showed me his older work Teatro del’Archivio in the Brussels gallery of Philippe Laeremans.
This is a piece of furniture that has the presence of a sculpture, a monumental work, while at the same time it seems like a big toy. Like a little boy with shining eyes one wants to try everything: rotate the big cylinder, the inner cylinder, open every door, open every drawer and search for hidden places.

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Conflict and Design by John Thackara

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Agenda Setting III – The Running Mean (2013)

15.12.13 – 9.03.2014 – C-mine Genk

Conflict is one of the recurrent themes in the work of Ola-Dele Kuku. The architect-artist sees conflict as one of the driving mechanisms in our world, and as a tool to set change in motion. Conflict has played a crucial role since the dawn of creation, just think of the stories of the Big Bang and the paradise of Adam and Eve.

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According to Ola-Dele Kuku our world has reached a turning point. The existing hierarchy is at its zenith and is therefore about to fall. We have lost our faith in God, we no longer fear him. Even morality, terms like good and bad and our complete image of society must be revised. Because morality changes depending on the side you are on. And although social media sometimes give the impression that our world is just a village, we are still increasingly concerned with what is happening outside our own front door.

How our world will evolve is still unclear, but there is no doubt that conflict stimulates change. It stands the existing order on its head and inspires innovation. Therefore, according to Kuku, we must learn to use conflict as a tool and learn how to manage it so that a new order can establish itself in nature and in politics.

With Agenda Setting III (the running mean) Kuku presents an installation that consists of open books in different languages. The words written in them refer to contradictions in our knowledge, methods of interpretation and belief, to causes of conflict. The words and texts form, as it were, a sort of pixels of the bigger picture. By not presenting any images Kuku wishes to allow the onlooker the freedom to connect his own visual connotations with the words and reverses the usual process of interpretation of an image. Agenda Setting III (the running mean) thus provides the onlooker with an alternative window on the world.

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Conflict & Design With the support of the City of Genk and the Flemish government.

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7de Triënnale voor Vormgeving in Vlaanderen

Conflict&Design

Conflict & Design – the 7th edition of the Design Triennial in Flanders – shows how designers approach conflict situations and the impact their designs can have within our society.
The exhibition provides food for thought about how, in the (near) future, we will be obliged to interact with each other and manage our natural resources in fundamentally different ways.

AGENDA SETTING III – the running mean

Ola-Dele Kuku’s work for this Triennial will be exhibited in the ‘Conflict&Conflict’ section.

Making of Agenda Setting III – The Running Mean (2013) – Ola-Dele Kuku from Ola-Dele Kuku Projects on Vimeo.

Conflict & Conflict gaat over design op het niveau van de ontwrichte samenleving, met andere woorden over conflicten met een grote C. Hoe ga je als designer aan de slag binnen contexten waar genormaliseerde maatschappelijke regels niet meer gelden, zoals in gevangenissen, of in gebieden zoals Palestina, of in de favelas van Brazilië?

Wat wordt er van een ontwerper verwacht wanneer hij of zij geconfronteerd wordt met oorlogssituaties of natuurrampen? Op welke manier kan design tegemoet komen aan specifieke noden en behoeftes? Hoe kan design worden ingezet als katalysator voor het creëren van orde en harmonie in onze samenleving?

Het laatste project dat we op deze Triënnale presenteren gaat over de dood, het ultieme conflict. Hier ligt de focus op de voortdurende strijd van de mens om de dood voor zich uit te schuiven.

15.12.13 – 9.03.2014

For more info : please visit www.conflictanddesign.be
Adress: C-mine, C-mine 10, 3600 Genk (GPS-adress: Evence Coppéelaan 91, 3600 Genk)
Conflict & Design is een initiatief van Design Vlaanderen, C-mine en Innovatie en Design Euregio.

 

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SOLO EXHIBITION : THE SAGA CONTINUES

EXHIBITION – INVITATION

THE SAGA CONTINUES

Ola-Dele KUKU

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Ludwig Trossaert is proud to present the new solo show “The Saga Continues”

in GALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT, museumstraat 29, Antwerp

with recent work of Ola-Dele Kuku (Lagos – Los Angeles – Brussels).

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Paris Art and Design Fair 2013

 For the 2013 Edition of PAD Paris Art + Design, Galerie Flak is pleased to present contemporary design furniture by Nigerian architect and artist Ola-Dele KUKU along with a selection of ancient fine art from Africa, Ocenia and North America.

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OPERA DOMESTICA II (SIMILAR DIFFERENCE 1999)

Designer – Architecte – Artiste : Ola-Dele Kuku
Bois d’aulne rouge (Alnus rubra)
Dimensions: 207 cm x 207 cm x 44 cm

presented by

GALERIE FLAK

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7th Design Triennial Flanders 2013 – Conflict and Design (workshop 3)

The 7th Triennial for Design in Flanders 2013 is an investigation into the social relevance of design and the role and responsibility of designers in our society.

This Triennial is a forum for designers who wish to contribute to this public debate. Their work can be considered as essential as we are forced to live and act differently and to change our attitudes towards our natural resources.
Conflict is a starting point for designers to think about our society, to create content and significance within a design process and to produce sustainable and economically viable products.

Design application

in post-conflict rehabilitation

 

WORKSHOP 3 : workshop team : Ola-Dele Kuku, Martine De Maeseneer, Gideon Boie.

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Ola-Dele Kuku at the Design Museum Gent

Exhibition - Design Museum Gent

“You cannot see, hear or feel ideas. Design and architecture are thus a way for ideas to materialize “

Until the end of August 2012

Similar differences

Until the end of August 2012, the furniture object “Similar differences“, designed by Ola-Dele Kuku, a designer / architect with Nigerian roots, presented in the Design museum Gent. The remarkable storage cabinet is part of a series. Ola Dele-Kuku drew this architectural object, the implementation was done by the VTI woodworking students from Roeselare. The collaboration illustrates the social conscience of the designer / architect, who may also be called philosopher, artist and researcher.
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Jan Breydelstraat 5 BE-9000 GENT

 

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‘Speaking in Vernacular’ Ola-Dele Kuku (Monograph) 2012

‘S P E A K I N G   I N   V E R N A C U L A R’
Exposition – Présentation du livre
30 Mars – 22 Avril 2012

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INAUGURATION : Jeudi 29 Mars 2012

(18.00 – 22.00)

Philippe Laeremans Gallery
27, Rue des Minimes
1000 Brussels

Pour Ola-Dele Kuku (architecte artiste) l’art traditionnel africain et l’art
moderne et contemporain sont absolument indissociables, compte tenu de
l’influence active et l’apport du premier sur le second. Philippe Laeremans
entame ici sa deuxième confrontation entre l’art traditionnel et l’oeuvre de
l‘artiste, composée de dessin, d’images, de peinture, de collage,
de physique et de chimie.
(Roger Ndéma Kingué)

Limited Edition
SPEAKING IN VERNACULAR   Ola – Dele Kuku
Monograph – 2012 – 178 pages
Texts by : Sara Weyns F. K ehinde Oluyadi Chika Unigwe Roger Ndéma Kingué
Layout : Wilfrieda Paessens
With the participation of : Philippe Laeremans Van Maradi Foundation
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RTBF Interview – ‘Passeurs de Monde’

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Ola-Dele Kuku RTBF interview – Passeurs de mondes – 2011

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Save Queen Elisabeth’s piano – (the mini project)

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Kwintessens Publication (Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Vormgeving en Mode) ‘Designing for Conflict and Chaos’ – interwiew by Kurt Vanbelleghem

 

DESIGNING FOR CONFLICT AND CHAOS

in Kwintessens – Forms of design that go beyond the logic of demand and supply –

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