Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri are architects, educators and founding partners of Lemonot – an open platform to seek and design built worlds, born in London on June 24th 2016, the day of Brexit, and now fluctuating among Europe, Bangkok and Latin America.
Sabrina graduated at the Architectural Association in 2016, awarded with the AA prize. She’s currently teaching in the Foundation course at the AA and in the School of Architecture in Reading.She has taught in Cambridge, while collaborating with various magazines (Rivista Studio, Cartha, Elle), with the RIBA as curator assistant and with multiple architectural firms in London (OMMX, The Decorators and Office S&M), Her projects always explore notions of fragmentation, assembling techniques and authorship.
Lorenzo graduated with Honours at the Architectural Association in 2016. He’s currently teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and he’s a consultant for Experimental 9 at the AA. While participating in several competitions with international firms (Amid.Cero9, Elemental), he co-founded the research-based Plakat Platform and the architectural studio Ecòl. Obsessed with geometry and aesthetics, precision and expression, he studied engineering and classical piano before working in architecture.
Through Lemonot, they operate in between architecture and performative arts – using them as devices to detect, celebrate and provoke the spontaneous theatre of everyday life. Spatial production is neither the beginning nor the end of their stories, rather it’s a filtering framework to grasp reality. Architecture becomes a medium to produce heterogeneous outcomes: from story-telling to still-lifes, from pastry tools to embroidered garments.
Their projects have been exhibited and awarded worldwide – at the 14th Venice Biennale, at the YTAA (Young Talent Architecture Award) 2016, at the ATT19 Gallery in Bangkok, at the RIBA (Royal institute of British Architects) Live Drawing Marathon and at Mextropoli 2020 in Mexico City among the others.
Hungry observers and compulsive collectors of anthropic mirabilia, they’re interested in all those iconographic gestures that enable the mutual immanence among objects, bodies and rituals. In particular, their work attempts to define peculiar architectural settings for updated gastronomic performances, with the aim of revealing the symbolism behind food preparation and consumption.
They have been teaching together at the AA Summer School since 2016. In 2018 and 2019 they taught as Adjunct Professors at INDA in Bangkok and they’re now programme Heads of the AA Visiting School El Alto (Bolivia).
Their academic research focuses on contemporary folklore – as a trigger for unconventional spatial languages, between geometrical abstraction and material figurativism.
Exhibition and Performance
@ Baan Rim Nam
Bangkok Design Week,
Henrietta Moore: “the future learning will not be about the transferability of whole models with known outcomes, but rather about incomplete learning, experimentation and collaboration.”
Monumentally Automatic is an installation built in two weeks and in collaboration with ten of the most iconic characters and shop owners in old neighbourhood of Talat Noi, Bangkok.Talad Noi is one of the most charming district in Bangkok as it still remain immersed in local traditions and lifestyle despite the city’s unceasing pace of development towards modernity. The neighbourhood remains almost hidden, in between the narrow streets where “Sieng Gong” shops are set in garages or private homes. These shops are the soul of the neighbourhood, selling second hand machine parts around the globe. Sieng Gong are urban pockets for re-usable industrial parts which are welded in the middle of the streets, in houses which are turned into storages or abandoned garages.
These places are statuary rooms - apparently frozen yet relentlessly changing, passing on the knowledge to recognize the mechanical parts between generations but also as a system of integration - since the majority of those who do this work are half Thai and half Chinese. Each Sieng Gong has at least 25000 pieces which are accumulated and preserved into a mountain of mechanical parts. From the outside it looks like a landscape of heterogeneous metallic piles, where the layers of these piles can be seen as the constructed timeline of the neighborhood’s history.
The growth of “Sieng Gong” started in the aftermath of the Second World War and it has always been a controversial establishment with harsh and unhealthy living conditions. Even today these shops continue to be hidden and almost forgotten.
Monumentally Automatic wants to emphasize the importance of these people, practices and places, which should be considered as identitarian for Bangkok’s past and future. We approached the oldest sellers and we involved them in cataloging and untangling their mountains in order to build a public catalog of all these pieces. The installation was a collective process of assembling pieces together with a final auction where for the first time they came to explain their story and share their hard work, selling the parts not as mechanical fragments but as art pieces. The first act of this projects, initiated during the BkkDW2020, ultimately aims to highlight the nature of Sieng Gong as a spontaneous cultural lab, where the sellers, by relentlessly performing their daily routines, become unconscious yet active crafters of a collective, peculiar, iconographical palimpsest.
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