Superpowers of Ten: Andrés Jacque :: In collaboration with Architectural Biennial
Superpowers of Ten is an alternative version of Powers of Ten, a film created by the office of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM in 1977. Powers of Ten, which dealt with the relative size of things in the universe, was filmed in Los Angeles but centered on Chicago. In Superpowers of Ten, Madrid/New York-based architect Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation staged a live performance based on the narrative and ideas at the heart of the original Eames film for the opening weekend of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial in early October.
More than thirty large-scale props from the performance remain on display in the Tank at Chicago Athletic Association through October 19.
Andrés Jacque directs Andrés Jacque Architects and the Office for Political Innovation. A Madrid/New York–based practice developing architectural projects that bring inclusivity into daily life, the Office for Political Innovation received the Silver Lion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. The practice’s awarded projects include Plasencia Clergy House, House in Never Never Land, TUPPER HOME, and ESCARAVOX. Its IKEA Disobedients is the first architectural performance to be acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Publications include PHANTOM: Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas, and Everyday Politics. The practice’s work has appeared in publications from the New York Times to Domus, from El Croquis toVogue. Jacque is currently a Visiting Professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and Advanced Design Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The 1998 Tessenow Stipendiat in Toepfer Stiftung FVS, in Hamburg, he has lectured throughout the world.