Come and join us for the third edition of this talk series! It will feature Camille Blin, scenographer of Heart of Glass, and two New York based architects; Bika Rebek, originally from Slovenia, and Christian Wassmann from Switzerland.
Grassy Lectures is an art and design lecture series that features artist speakers who share their professional experience, philosophies, and process. The series was initiated by three artists: Cyril Porchet, a Swiss photographer, currently doing an artistic residency in NYC, Martina-Sofie Wildberger, a Swiss artist/performer, currently doing an artistic residency in NYC, and Luke Archer, a British graphic designer and a lecturer at Yale University School of Art.
These talks take place at Cyril’s studio in Brooklyn. The aim is to create a space for exchange of artistic practices, to share networks, and to connect Swiss and NYC cultural and artistic scenes. This third iteration will feature three artists: Camille Blin is a French product designer who is in town for the exhibition Heart of Glass, for which he acted as scenographer. He is also a professor at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bika Rebek, originally from Slovenia, is a NYC-based architect, performer, writer, and exhibition designer. She teaches at Columbia University and works for the Met Breuer. Christian Wassmann is a Swiss architect, currently living and working in New York at Studio Christian Wassmann.
Heart of Glass – an ECAL initiative – is a glass research project exhibited at WantedDesign Brooklyn / Industry City, showing May 7 – 17.
6:30 PM: Doors Open
7:00 PM: Lectures, followed by networking reception
Camille Blin (*1985 in Paris) is known for his playful, conceptual approach to product and furniture design. When he was 7 years old he was deeply interested in violin maker studies. At age 15, he graduated from Auguste Renoir High School with a specialization in design. Two years after he went to ECAL – University of art and design and studied the industrial design department. During his studies he participated in several exhibitions and did an internship at Constantin Boym Design Studio in New York City. He graduated in 2009 and was awarded with the “ECAL Prize” for his lamps Gradient. He is currently Professor at ECAL in the Industrial Design department and participates in numerous international exhibitions. His lamp Marble has been edited by Galerie Kreo in Paris. With Arnault Weber and Emmanuel Mbesse he started his own furniture editing firm, ACE. Camille Blin has also led some scenography project such as Heart of Glass.
Bika Rebek is an architect practicing within heterogeneous formats- as an integral part of her work performances, installations and writing act as catalysts for open ended thinking about architectural production. She is currently working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as an exhibition designer, with special focus on the Met Breuer. In the past she has worked for Asymptote Architecture in New York, Graft in Berlin, RHE architects in London and Isochrom in Vienna. Rebek holds an Mag. Arch. degree from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she studied under Professors Wolf Prix and Greg Lynn. She also holds a M.S. degree in curatorial studies in architecture from Columbia University, where she is now teaching architectural drawing and representation to first year graduate students. For work in progress, musings and inspiration check out Bika’s plog.
Christian Wassmann’s architectural designs present discoveries originating from the interconnections of the arts. His Studio’s work demonstrates that design and architecture must not necessarily abide by the Modernist ideology that “form follows function,” but rather present how “form performs function.” Wassmann and his international team develop designs influenced by the vibrancy of urban life, art, geometry and the cosmos. The projects of the Studio range from ephemeral site-specific installations and exhibitions to more enduring furniture, interiors, and buildings. The Studio has designed projects such as the celebrated East Village Radio station, various stores and lofts, the “Fibonacci Spiral” construction for the threeASFOUR fashion show, and two rooftop pavilions and art fair layouts for the Independent in the former Dia Building in Chelsea. The Studio is currently working on a ground-up building for Lisson Gallery in New York and just completed the Sun Path House in Miami Beach. After starting his career at a young age in Switzerland, Wassmann has continued to collaborate with architects and artists throughout the past two decades. He established his private practice in 2005 and became incorporated in 2008. Christian Wassmann is the recipient of the 2012 AIA New York New Practice award and the 2010 Swiss Art Award. His design objects are represented by R & Company, formerly R 20th Century Gallery.