Sundown Salon: Talking About The Future

Sat 17 October 2011 2-8pm

  • Courtesy Daniel Hewitt
  • Courtesy Daniel Hewitt
  • Sundown Schoolhouse: The geodesic dome in LA hosted Sundown Salons from 2001 to 2006. Visit by artist Marc Herbst, 3 October 2006. Photograph by Mark Rodriguez
  • Fritz Haeg. Courtesy Daniel Hewitt
  • Courtesy Daniel Hewitt
  • Fritz Haeg presents at the close of the day. Courtesy Daniel Hewitt
  • Courtesy Fritz Haeg

The Architecture Foundation presents a day of activities with architect Fritz Haeg and featured artists from within a geodesic tent pitched in the Project Space for his first ever UK Sundown Salon. The Sundown Salons are a 6-year ongoing curatorial narrative of events, happenings and performances that have previously been held by Haeg at his Los Angeles home, a geodesic dome and subterranean cave.

At the AF Project Space the tent will serve as domestic lounge, reading library, meeting hall, teahouse, and headquarters for the day as Haeg assembles his latest project, A Library For The Future, that poses the question: "What book would you choose to take us forward?" Contributors to the Library will talk about the future and the books that could take us there, followed by a public reception and a presentation by Haeg at 6.30pm.

Artists such as Barbara Kruger, Marjetica Potrc and Doug Aitkin; writers and critics including Sukhdev Sandhu, Keiran Long and Eric Schlosser; and architects such as Celine Condorelli, Hanif Kara, Katrin Bohn, Chip Lord and more have all contributed to this project to date. Saturday offers a unique opportunity to hear London members of this expanded community present their chosen books in person, over tea in the dome.

Fritz Haeg works between art, architecture and design through his practice Fritz Haeg Studio, the happenings and gatherings of Sundown Salon, the ecology initiatives of Gardenlab (including Edible Estates), and other various combinations of building, curating, dancing, designing, exhibiting, gardening, organizing, talking, teaching, and writing. This event marks the UK release of The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive, published by Evil Twin Publications.

Confirmed participants and a provisional schedule for the day can be found below, subject to change and addition:

2.00 - 6.00pm
Presentations from the contributors to the Library for the Future, with tea in a geodesic tent 

2.00 - 3.00pm
Eike Sindlinger (Arup)
Heather Ring (landscape architect)
Ben Campkin (lecturer, Bartlett School of Architecture)
A.L. Steiner (artist)
Sam Ashby (Little Joe Magazine)

3.00 - 4.00pm
Daria Martin (artist)
Lucas Dietrich (Thames & Hudson)
Ross Adams
Pablo Leon de la Barra (curator, writer, blogger, artist)

4.00 - 5.00pm
William Shaw (RSA Arts & Ecology)
Andre Viljoen (Bohn and Viljoen Architects)
Katrin Bohn (Bohn and Viljoen Architects)
Francesco Manacorda (curator, Barbican Art Gallery)
Christine Hill (artist, Volksboutique)

5.00 - 6.00pm
Kate Burt (journalist)
Noam Toran (artist, faculty Royal College of Art)
Benjamin Reichen (designer, ABAKE)
Rob Tufnell (curator, writer)
Timothy Ivison (artist, writer, curator, PhD cand. London Consortium)
Ruba Katrib (curator MOCA Miami)

6.00pm Drinks reception

6:30pm A talk by Fritz Haeg on the history of Sundown Salon and the resulting book

7:15pm Reception continues

With thanks to Mountain Hardwear