CHELSEA space is delighted to present FÖHN, an exhibition inspired by the story of one man's obsessive construction of a utopian building for his sister in the middle of a forest. This building, called The Cone, is a project that eventually drives him to near madness and death!
The story comes from the 1975 novel Correction by Thomas Bernhard and alludes 'obliquely.to Wittgenstein's design and construction in Vienna of a house of uncompromising austerity and clarity of line for one of his sisters'1
Fhn: a warm, dry Alpine wind blown from the Sahara which leaves traces of red sand on the snow and is believed to cause 'Fhn Sickness' leading to misfortune, unhappiness, and suicide.
Guest curator, Rob Wilson, from the Royal Institute of British Architects, asked for copies of Bernhard's Correction to be sent to a number of architects and artists and invited them to respond to the text by contributing either existing work or by producing new sketches, maquettes or proposals. CHELSEA space will be loosely divided into a dark (forest) space and a light (mountain) space depending on the responses of the invited architects and artists.
CHELSEA space is grateful for the support of the RIBA Trust. Copies of Bernhard's Correction were generously supplied to participating architects and artists by the publisher, Vintage.
The exhibition coincides with Open House London (17th -18th Sept.)
This is the first of many future collaborations between CHELSEA space/Chelsea College of Art & Design and the RIBA Trust.
Allies & Morrison Architects
de Matos Storey Ryan Ltd.
Nissen Adams Architects
Quinlan & Francis Terry Architects
Sergison Bates Architects
Ullmayer Silvester Architects
1George Steiner 1991 from the Preface to Correction (Vintage 2003)
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