Architecture and art
Conversations curated by N Collective

In association with Fugitive Structures 2014,
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

Architecture and art:
Conversations curated by N Collective

on Tuesday, 16 September 2014
6–8 pm
conversation to commence at 6.30 pm

at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16-20 Goodhope Street

RSVP by Monday, 15 September 2014
02 9331 1112 or or via Facebook

In the first of a two-part series at SCAF, David Burns and Sam Spurr, co-directors of N, will moderate a conversation with special guest panelists including Urtzi Grau, Principal of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism that will focus on the intersection of art, architecture and public art.

N is a curatorial collective founded in 2010 by David Burns, Sam Spurr, and Adrian Lahoud. N creates original, non-institutional interactions related to art and architecture through events and forums. Recent N projects include collaborations with Kaldor Public Art Projects, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.


David Burns
David Burns is an American architect, curator, and artist based in Sydney. Since 2001 he has taught at universities in the United States and Australia in schools of design, art, and architecture. He is currently Director of Photography and Situated Media at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sam Spurr is a theorist and designer working across multiple modes of practice that include architecture, academia, writing, and curatorship. Her doctorate titled ‘Performative Architecture’ began as an ongoing interrogation of relations between performance and spatial design processes. Sam is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW Art and Design and a research fellow in architecture at the University of Adelaide.

Urtzi Grau, Co-Director of Master of Advanced Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney is an architect and founding partner of Fake Industries Architectural Agonism—an architectural office of diffuse boundaries and questionable taste, distributed between Sydney, New York and Barcelona. Grau graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona in 2000, was awarded Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design by the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University (GSAPP) in 2004, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University School of Architecture on the 1970’s urban renewal of Barcelona. Grau has taught studios at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Columbia University and Cornell University. His work and writings have been published in international journals such as Architect’s Newspaper, AV, Domus, Kerb journal, Plot and Praxis and exhibited in the 13th Venice Architectural Biennale 2012, the Buenos Aires Biennale, 2012, and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2012.

Image: AR-MA, Trifolium, 2014
Corian, stainless steel, acrylic, cast granite
3D scan, production image
Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney