A long history of diverse connections and gaps, ranging from reciprocal interaction and mutual influences to controversies, runs through the relationship between the visual arts and architecture. Although different in their roles, they share the creation of plural shapes from human experience and dwelling. From the modern avant-garde of the fist decades of the 20th Century until the glocal condition of our days, those loans and disputes have led to a permanent reflection on their own disciplines and relationships. These connections configure what Hal Foster has called the "art-architecture complex".
The celebration of the I International Architecture Biennial in San Sebastian will be a favourable environment to present a review of some of the contemporary challenges affecting architecture and urbanism in different educational, cultural and museum spaces. Furthermore, this event will also foster the presentation of connections with the visual arts. A network of exhibitions in the Altxerri, Kur, Arteko, Ekain, and Vetus Art art galleries will gather artists who dialogue with aspects of these territories between disciplines.
Ander Ushijima, is a young architect inquiring about the confluences that should be established between architecture and art. They respond to different programmes and roles, but they can share a common determination manifested in the creative process: that of producing new shapes, unprecedented tensions between the transgressor and the conservative.
Curator: Fernando Golvano
Image: Okurayama, digital collage, Ander Ushijima