The Faena Art Center will host a newly commissioned installation by the Dutch and Belgian design firm Studio Job next month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Futopia Faena by Studio Job” is the result of four years of collaboration between Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the co-founders and principals of Studio Job, and Faena — an interactive display that will run from July 23 until August 3 in the Sala Molinos, the Center’s main exhibition space. The Studio Job commission is the third iteration of a “tradition” of “participatory and holistic cultural experiences” begun in 2014 with an installation by the collective assume vivid astro focus, notes a statement from the Center.
As the conclusion of their four-year collaboration, Studio Job plans to mount a roller disco inside the Faena Art Center — a decision very much in keeping with the design studio’s emphasis on humor in its object-based work. “Studio Job will transform the windows and floor of the Sala Molinos into an alternative cathedral of light and color that will also serve as a roller-dancing installation, with celebration and revelry at its heart,” explains a statement from the Faena Art Center. “Concurrently with the interactive floor installation in Sala Molinos, Studio Job has intervened with the triple-height, cathedral-style windows of FAC and created stained-glass designs that demonstrate the trajectory of Faena’s distinct symbology. Models of the two polished bronze, gilded, and hand-painted sculptures that were commissioned for permanent exhibition in the Faena District Miami Beach, will also be on view, as well as a series of drawings, flags, and collage materials that will provide greater context for Studio Job’s working process.”
The pieces to be shown in Buenos Aires are being exhibited ahead of the opening of Faena Art Center Miami in December; the objects were made for the latest addition to the Faena enterprise. “‘Futopia Faena by Studio Job’ illustrates our personal path and stylistic evolution, and demonstrates the beautiful things we aim to share with the world,” Alan Faena, the Center’s founder, notes in a statement. “As we near the opening of the Faena District Miami Beach in November, we are particularly pleased to be able to present commissions they have created for that space with the Argentine public.”
Even though the “Faena Futopia” installation was conceived for another space, the Argentine edition of the project will nonetheless be realized as a fully-immersive environment, notes the statement. The exhibition will also feature “new works based on Faena’s symbology that will occupy the monumental room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, generating a brilliantly colored stained-glass effect that bathes the space and visitors in multicolored light. DJ, singer, and producer Henri, known for her original productions and work with psychedelic krautrock band Thrillionaire,will spin live music for roller-dancing,” according to the Center’s statement.
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Image via Studio Job.