ART FUNDAMENTS 2021 - Lecture 03

04, AR-119 Art fundaments

This event is the first of a serie of public conferences organized by ART FUNDAMENTS. It relates the course’s first chapter which investigates the subject of matter and material through art history and artistic practices In order to encourage students to develop a critical understanding of what matter is and a personal approach to how to experience it, this public conference proposes to put into perspective two different approaches — of an artist and an architect. Both will present their working process, how they conceive the thinking regarding the making in their approach, and how they work (with) material. In that sense, we will discuss the conception of the material that their practices reveal. Through the cross-presentation and dialogue, we investigate the relation of art and architecture, searching for divergences and common grounds.     

Prof.Martin Fröhlich is managing director of AFF Architekten, Berlin, and teaches together with Prof.Anja Fröhlich at the Laboratory of Elementary Architecture and Studies of Types (EAST) at EPFL. They are specialists of the relationship between design intent, material use and architectural elements. Martin and Anja Fröhlich teach the architecture students to think in terms of reuse, in order to develop sustainable design methods that take into account current ecological issues. Their work as architects is based on an understanding of architecture as an object. The pleasure of observation and realisation, as well as the freshness of interpretation, are an essential part of their work. The design process is guided by the respective idea developed from the observation and analysis of different qualities and the current typologies or forms are constantly questioned and compared with contemporary requirements.

Esther Kläs was born in 1981 in Mainz, Germany. She graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2007) and received an MFA from Hunter College (2010), New York. She currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Her work is exhibited  in international exhibitions, including Italy, Beligium, Perù, United-States, Austria and Germany. Over the last ten years, Esther Kläs has developed a distinctive visual language that harks back to the great sculptural traditions of the 20th century – including postwar abstraction and Minimalism – while simultaneously challenging contemporary sculptural norms. Her totemic sculptures, many of which are built on a human scale from, are intended for direct interaction and engagement. Using malleable materials that can be worked by hand, including cement, clay, plaster, Styrofoam and resin, Kläs is a sculptor who maintains an intimate physical relationship with her work.