Exhibition Design of ‘AAO: Ethics/Aesthetics’

Benaki Museum Athens, Pireos Street Annex
8 June – 31 July 2011

Architects: Lina Stergiou, Aris Zambikos
Project architect: Evelina Rempi
Collaborating architects: Chrysi Gousiou, Antonis Chazapis

In the Museum’s groundfloor gallery, of 1200 sqm, the exhibition design follows four main principles:
1. To organize the gallery into three spaces, one for each exhibition (Ethics/Aesthetics, Athens Here and Now, Slow Down Rooms).
2. To arrive at a linear movement through the exhibition and the exhibits since Ethics/Aesthetics follows a thematic narrative.
3. To present each participation in an autonomous unit, i.e. a white box, that allows entering inside.
4. Each unit has a standard yet flexible form so as to allow the display of diverse types of exhibits (objects, videos, installations). The unit has dimensions 2,5m W x 3m D X 2,5m H. Most entrance walls lean on the floor so as to create the entrance to the unit and take on it the information about the exhibit. Some units have a ceiling so as to become video cubicles while others don’t have side walls so as to highlight the installations.

Materials: recyclable floating screed, chip-board, ecological white paint

Exhibition’s thematic units – participants:
Activism. Groups with vision:
TEDDY CRUZ, USA, architect
ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY, USA, architects
DARRYL SMITH/LAURIE LAZER, USA, artists
REBAR, USA, designers/ artists
NOMADIC ARCHITECTURE NETWORK, Greece, architects
Society & Aesthetics:
PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE, USA, architects
RECETAS URBANAS, Spain, architects
FUTUREFARMERS, USA, artists
WORLDBIKE, USA, designers
PPT_TLab, Greece, architects
Identity. Professional Ethics:
DROOG, Netherlands, designers
FRANK HAVERMANS, Netherlands, artist
SARAH WIGGLESWORTH, UK, architect
ALEXANDROS TOMBAZIS, Greece, architect
ΕΜΕCO-THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, USA, designers
Action–Reaction:
DO-HO SUH, Korea, artist
JASON MILLER, USA, designer
EELKO MOORER, UK/Netherlands, designer
JODI, Netherlands/Belgium, artists

Curator: Lina Stergiou

Photos: Dimitris Giannoulakis

Longlist, WIN Awards 2015, Museum and Exhibition Spaces category