Frank Havermans (NL)
Kőműves Márton, Silviu Medesan, Medveczky Dóra, Oszetzky Dorina, Ayelen Peressini, Alex Rieveley, Sas Maxim
According to the Dutch artist, we have to look for the bases of contemporary architecture in rural architecture. Havermans was searching in the library of the hosts of Csórompuszta, and was looking at the structure of houses in the area. He chose two typical elements: the chimney and the frames of the houses. He reflected to these with an abstract installation. The Barny is an unusual building: it is made of three frames, and has no walls. It is in the middle of the field and the beautiful specialties of the area are recognizable in the installation. The creator wanted to know how can we present our heritage in a playful, modern way by using methods of contemporary architecture.
BARN RAISING - Contemporary couple truss
Before architecture in its current form developed there was only need for shelter against the elements. When men changed his nomadic existence for a settled life there became need for bigger spaces like barns and farmhouses, where they lived with their life stock. This clear way of life in agricultural areas existed for ages and ages. In some parts of the world people still live like this. Through the ages all over the world rural construction forms are developed. The typology is partly in accordance, but depending on local conditions, available materials and techniques there are also a lot of differences to discover. This evoked in beautiful range of rural architecture. This rural architecture I consider as the base of contemporary architecture. With the emergence of the bio industry, the old model of being specific, and the self sufficient way of life where tradition was the centre, became under pressure. In this new era there is a focus on scaling. Outdated farms are modernised. This resulted in a totally different culture landscape where old building and construction skills are lost out of sight. The old farmhouses and barns are often only considered as a romantic memory from the past. However a lot can be learned by study old ways of building. It has been taking ages to fine tune these techniques so their must be something logic about them.
For this workshop we are going to analyse construction methods from local rural buildings in the landscape. Then we will translate a typical way construction in a contemporary variant making use of a modern building material: construction plywood. This will result in a series truss frames, which will be placed ‘naked’ in the landscape. Together we will raise the trusses and experience the feeling of barn raising. The frames shall not function to hold up a roof, but they emphasise on an autonomous way on constructions that normally are hidden inside the barns and farmhouses. Studying historical constructions can be a great inspiration for making contemporary variants.
Frank Havermans studied Architectural Design at the Hogeschool voor Beeldende Kunsten (Art Academy) St. Joost in Breda. In 2003 he was on the long list of the Prix de Rome beeldhouwen 2003 (Dutch national incentive award for sculptors under 35). In 2006 he won the Houtarchitectuurprijs 2006 (Dutch award for innovative wood architecture) with his artist’s studio KAPKAR/ TAW-BW-5860; The NAI selected Havermans to participate in the 7th Achitecturebiennale of São Paulo, for november 2007, for whom he developed a small cinema; KAPKAR/ TT-C2P. This exhibition ‘Tangible Traces’curated by Linda Vlasserood has travelled after São Paulo to Vienna (2008), Hongkong (2008), Jakarta (2009) and the last show was in Arnhem at the MMK in December 2009. In the summer of that same year Havermans participated in the exhibition ‘Retreat’ with his architectural installation ‘KAPKAR/ TFA-5W’ at Fort Asperen, Acquoy (NL) accepting an invitation by the curators Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UNStudio Amsterdam.
For 2010 he was invited by Fonds BKVB to work within VRZAIR, Virtueel Museum Zuidas Amsterdam, an Artist-in-Residence project. The Fonds BKVB also selected him for the Research Journey 2010 ‘What’s up, what’s down. Cultural catalysts in Urban Space’ visitiing the European secundairy cities Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Bilbao, Marseille, Tirana, Skopje and Prishtina. Also in 2010 The NAi Publishers made the colourful monography ‘Frank Havermans Architectural Installations’. In 2011 the SM’s ‘s-Hertogenbosch presented Frank’s first solo exhibition with 5 architectural and urban installations and he was in Shenzhen China as Artist-in-residence at OCAT international Art Residency on invitation by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam and participated at the Bi-City Architectural Bienale Shenzhen in 2011 and in 2012 in Hong Kong for Wan Chai Visual Archive. In 2013 followed the project ‘LAND/SLIDE, possible futures’ in Markham Toronto Canada that is shown in Shenzhen at the Biennale 2013-2014.