MAP Office: The Parrot's Tale

MAP Office: The Parrot's Tale

by Gutierrez & Portefaix
     
 
How should Hong Kong be represented? This question found an answer through Concrete Jungle/The Parrot's Tale, a large scale installation by MAP Office (otherwise known as the Hong Kong-based French architecture team Gutierrez + Portefaix) for the 2007 Venice Biennale. Beginning with a steamy, mist-filled island, roughly in the shape of Hong Kong, that was

Overview

How should Hong Kong be represented? This question found an answer through Concrete Jungle/The Parrot's Tale, a large scale installation by MAP Office (otherwise known as the Hong Kong-based French architecture team Gutierrez + Portefaix) for the 2007 Venice Biennale. Beginning with a steamy, mist-filled island, roughly in the shape of Hong Kong, that was covered in oyster shells and inhabited by fake talking parrots, the work problematized the act of representation itself. This volume is an extension of MAP's Venice project, and includes documentation of the complex process behind the fabrication of this much talked-about artwork. Critical dialogues with Beijing artist Ai Weiwei complete the picture.
MAP Officespecializes in critical analyses of spatial and temporal anomalies, and works to document the ways in which human beings subvert and appropriate spaces for their own uses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789889839505
Publisher:
Map Book
Publication date:
03/03/2008
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

"Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix are cofounders of Map Office, a collaborative studio incolved in cross-disciplinary projects that incorporate architecture and the visual arts. Map Office projects have been exhibited in several international exhibitions, including the seventh Architecture Venice Biennale. Laurent Gutierrez is assistant professor of design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Valerie Potefaix is assistant professor of architecture at the University of Hong Kong."

Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing, China. He lived in the U.S. from 1981 to 1993, whereupon he returned to his homeland. His work has been exhibited internationally in group shows in New York, Sweden, Korea, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. He lives with his family in Xinjiang, China.

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