NODE is a Berlin and Oslo based design studio.
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20/04/2016 AP164: Ábalos & Herreros
—— Published by Park Books, Zurich in collaboration with Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA, Montreal

Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established Ábalos & Herreros in Madrid in 1984 and the firm quickly became one of the foremost Spanish architectural firms until its dissolution in 2006. At the time, following the end of the Franco regime, architects were valued more for their technical ability than for their contributions to theoretical research. In this context, Ábalos & Herreros’s melding of design with a range of publications and curatorial projects presented a remarkable challenge to assumptions about the role of an architect.

In 2012, the Canadian Centre for Architecture obtained the Ábalos & Herreros archive, which contains documents related to more than 160 projects. The material comprises sketches, slides, models, collages, and drawings. The archive presents a compelling opportunity to reconstruct Ábalos & Herreros’s planning and design process. Each of the book’s three contributors—two of whom worked or studied with Ábalos & Herreros—approaches the archive with specific questions, and their essays explore topics including the architects’ fascination with industrial architecture, their capacity to construct a hybrid materiality without recourse to building technology as language, and their innovative visions for landscape architecture. 

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous publications have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. This new book is the first to draw on the firm’s archive to offer a new take on this important architectural practice. 

03/03/2016 Silent Revolt: Norwegian Process Art and Conceptual Art in the 1970s and 80s
—— In the writing of Norwegian art history, conceptual art has been conspicuously missing, and the movement has never been presented in exhibitions of any great scope. With Silent Revolt the National Museum aims to reassess the view of conceptual art as a vacuum in recent Norwegian art history.

NODE has been contributing with exhibition design and we are currently working on a richly documented, research-based catalogue written by the exhibition’s curator Ingvild Krogvig.

19/02/2016 On the Record / MIT, Cambridge
—— NODE is currently at MIT for a one week artist residency, together with our colleagues from Bengler. On the Record is a series of discussions and workshops presented by MIT CAST and the Department of Architecture focusing on the public aspects of research. Amongst other things, we will be holding a workshop addressing issues around the Center of Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). Thanks to Arts at MIT and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) for the opportunity. Photo credits: Otto Piene, poster for Asterisk CAVS group show, 1974. Courtesy MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies Special Collection.

12/02/2016 Nervous Systems
—— Our poster for the upcoming exhibition Nervous Systems, Quantified Life and the Social Question at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin. "Can our inner thoughts be transmitted by our eye movements? Can our future actions be predicted by our current behavior? Julien Prévieux’s film Patterns of Life enacts more than a century of evolving technologies in tracking human behavior, from reorganizing the factory floor to today’s “activity-based intelligence” in the “war on terror.” This is but one example from over 30 works tracing the inversions that mark the relationship between man and machine."

01/02/2016 Research Environments
—— Research Environments: Das Bewerten und Verwerten künstlerischer Prozesse. Reflections on the Value of Artistic Processes. Edited by Nik Haffner; Hendrik Quast

11/12/2015 Edvard Munch Art Award
The Edvard Munch Art Award is an international prize for a contemporary visual artist. The visual identity we have designed is based on the Galapagos typeface conceived by Studio Felix Salut and developed by Fabian Harb. Based on a reduced set of geometrical shapes, the Galapagos typeface has a number of varieties. Much like Munch’s signature, the EMAA logo will develop over time.

03/11/2015 MIT ACT and CAVS Special Collection
—— Together with a colleague from Bengler, we have been invited to run a short workshop at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) in Cambridge, MA. Next to that we had the opportunity to investigate the Center of Advanced Visual Studies Archive (CAVS Special Collection) in connection with upcoming projects. Photo by Even Westvang

28/10/2015 Wohnungsfrage
—— How can we create affordable living space? How do we provide opportunities for self-determination? Who are today’s new clients? What new answers can be found to the age-old housing question? 
The current HKW project Wohnungsfrage investigates the tension-ridden relationships between architecture, housing, and social reality.

27/09/2015 100 Years of Now
—— One of three posters we have designed using photography by Wolfgang Tillmans for the opening of 100 Years of Now at HKW. — "Short-termism reigns. Today’s decisions lack a future horizon. A constant flood of snapshots feeds the fear of missing out. A never ending flood of new technologies promises to solve all our problems – until the next revelation of the impossibility of tackling deep-seated conflicts through technological management. 100 Years of Now combines diagnoses of our times with scopes of action, explores the potentials of the past, and unlocks alternative futures." 
25/09/2015 Actopolis. The Art of Action
The visual identity we have worked on for this project is based on a custom made monospace typeface with a series of interchangeable glyphs. "Traditional democratic institutions are in a state of crisis, while civic urban society has swung into action, at the latest since Occupy, Gezi Park and Syntagma Square. Calls for the good life beyond the politics of austerity, for a multi-layered public life that is worthy of the name, for communities which do not define themselves via isolation are becoming louder and more insistent. In this situation ACTOPOLIS. The Art of Action is establishing a transnational test field for urban alternatives." A three year project by Urbane Künste Ruhr and Goethe-Institut. Artistic Directors: Angelika Fitz​ and Katja Aßmann​

23/09/2015 Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Archive Crisis
—— Archive Crisis is a visual essay based on a series of previously unpublished images from Greek (media) archives collected by visual artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos. The book explores the mechanisms of visual culture in a mediatized democracy, and their effect on the production of collective memory. Designed by us and published by Japsam Books in the Netherlands.

15/09/2015 Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
—— The new website for Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been launched today. Designed and engineered by Bengler and NODE Berlin Oslo. The new concept for redefines the office’s digital presence and offers a tool for many different users: a condenser of ideas, works, identities, research, history, people, data and geographies. Modelling internal data and embracing external information, functions as an omnivorous sensor, tracing OMA’s work from inception to post-occupancy.

04/09/2015 Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2015
—— ‘On nature’ is the theme of this year’s Ultima festival. We are working with Swiss photographer Jonas Marguet to create a series of images with references to still-life, ‘Wunderkammer’ and technical photography – and of course the programme of the upcoming festival.

11/08/2015 Brecht Brief
—— 24h Durcheinander, deufert&plischke

10/07/2015 Oslo Pilot
—— “In response to an initiative by the City of Oslo Agency for Cultural Affairs (Norway), curators Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk are laying the groundwork for a future art biennial in the form of Oslo Pilot, a two-year, experimental, research-based project to investigate the role of art in and for the public realm. This active working process will count on the collaboration of different professionals in the field of art and other disciplines to define the ideal format and characteristics of a periodic, art-in-public-space event in the city of Oslo.” The identity we have created for this project is based on a custom-made typeface, and we will be designing a series of related items during the next two years.
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