Frida Escobedo: Serpentine Pavilion 2018
The Serpentine is delighted to present this new catalogue on the occasion of Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion 2018, the 18th in the series of the Galleries’ annual architectural commission.
Inspired by the geometries and materials of the Serpentine Pavilion design by Escobedo, this catalogue is the first publication to focus on her practice. It brings together writing and images that have acted as inspiration and reference points for Escobedo, with newly-commissioned texts that review her work to date and discuss the themes that informed her design for this year’s structure. José Esparza Chong Cuy’s text ‘An Edifice of Time’ explores the context for the development of Escobedo’s practice, both conceptually, through the work of artists and philosophers, and geographically, siting her influences in Mexico City. Marina Otero Verzier has contributed ‘Protection and Position’, investigating the political and historical implications of the design feature within the Pavilion that refers to the Prime Meridian at nearby Greenwich. Till Roenneberg describes the effects of the ordering of time that the Prime Meridian has brought about on human behaviour and sleep patterns, while Philippe Parreno discusses the individual’s experience of duration. Sanford Kwinter, meanwhile, takes a neurological approach to the brain’s capacity to understand space and time as it moves through both, in his text ‘Headspace’. The publication also includes a chapter from David Harvey’s seminal publication The Condition of Postmodernity, a key element in Escobedo’s thinking around the themes of time and architecture, and a conversation with Serpentine Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
José Esparza Chong Cuy
Marina Otero Verzier
Hans Ulrich Obrist
17 x 24 cm (portrait format)
Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books
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