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Inhabi-Table
@Hellowood Festival

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THE CARNIVAL TABLE

Inhabi-Table

@Hellowood Festival

Csóromfölde,

2019

In a contemporary society that is dangerously drifting towards alienation, mainstream architecture offers very little resistance. On one hand, massive real estate developments impose highly standardized forms governed by the logics of marketing. On the other hand, starchitects impose their superficial signature in an endless effort to be different from the competition. The actual users end up inhabiting spaces that represent very little - if nothing - of themselves. Ikea knick-knacks are the last resort to give a resemblance of identity to their homes.

Carnival was born as a temporary inversion of social conventions - can we speculate on how to invert reactionary architectural conventions? We want to use the ritual of eating and the symbolic power of a dining table - a place where people meet at the same level - in order to discard conventions and encourage a different practice of design, rooted in conviviality and freedom. By uncovering symbolic and social constructions through food, we aim to prompt a debate rich of symbolic explanations about human behaviour and rituals.

The table is an ancient place of unity, cohesion, equal exchange. Around the table the man enjoyed, rejoiced, but above all he told. From Plato's Symposium to Dante's Convivio, the stories that have been handed down before a meal are those that have invented and narrated the world.

We believe that it’s time for architecture to establish a new intimacy with its users, to become more human, to create culture and foster social interaction. With our Carnival table, we want architecture to provide space for self-expression instead of uniformity. We want architecture to draw people together instead of isolating them. We want architecture to be able to create stories again.

Designed and constructed by

Lemonot

with

Space Saloon

Collective Plant

Photos

Zsuzsa Darab

Exhibition and Performance
@Archi Fest Singapore

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METTICI LA FACCIA

Exhibition and Performance

@Archi Fest Singapore

Singapore,

2019

“I cannot do a building without building a new repertoire of characters, of stories, of language and it’s all parallel. It’s not just building per se. It’s building worlds” J. Hejduk

We have been affected by a strange form of spatial Pareidolia. We are obsessively looking for anthropomorphic traces - hidden in the built apparatus that shapes the world. Our designs could not exist without the invention of the bizarre troupe supposed to populate them. Their stories, fears and love affairs intimately inform the architectural substance itself. Each building becomes a peculiar persona.

We practice only forms of knowledge based on physical experience: direct or emerged through the tangible re-enactment of empirical conditions. Speculation isn’t understood as pure invention or as a biased device to fill the gaps left by our uncertainties, but as a lens to frame and relentlessly process reality through design culture. The project is a journey articulated through a series of spatial performances. For us, performing has little to do with practical efficiency or quantitative variables. Rather, it is an evocative tool to activate symbolic links, to claim back identitarian needs and to depict qualitative hedonistic traits into physical spatial compounds.

The design process is nurtured through the assemblage of composite filters to enhance or alterate the human perception of coexisting beings, objects and spaces. Through a palimpsest of precise drawings and short films, we engaged with the architectural effects they produced on the real. The performative representation of space, together with its peculiar synthases and syntax, is an effective tool for a linguistic self-liberation: architects are provided with an appropriate vocabulary that finally re-connects them with a wider public.

Directed and curated by

Lemonot

with

Federico Armeni

Palma Bucarelli

Arianna Zamparelli

Simone Salviati

Tommaso Riccitelli

Gianluca Lorenzini

Vincenzo Morreale

Stacy Peh

Video

Agnese Sumonte

Exhibition and Performance
@Low Fat Art Festival

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INTIMATE MEMORABILIA

Exhibition and Performance

@Low Fat Art Festival

Bangkok,

2019

"Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging." - Walter Benjamin

The Thang Nguan Vintage House is a place where time freezes: from its decadent walls and faded colors to its neighboring communities, you suddenly find yourselves in another era. Once inside, after the narrow staircase that gives access to the terrace, visitors are immersed within layers of objects, still imprinted with collective personal memories.

The project, developed through a series of ephemeral rooms, does nothing more than emphasizing and creating a path between these fragments that were once used and nowadays are still intact: the aim is to preserve their peculiar value through pure matter within a theatrical space. The exhibition has been designed as an architectural still life, where, through delicate surfaces and heterogeneous openings, you are able to be face to face with these objects. This curated space is a point of departure to be part of someone's recollection of playing - eating - travelling.

As architects, we not only assembled personal relics, images, photographs, and other documents but we became archivists who, shaping the geometry and the materiality of the rooms, were able to frame multiple views on this intimate past. For the first time, this private space is open to the public, which becomes the main actor, in dialogue with belongings and pieces of uncle Poonsak's story.

During the festival the deck of this house became a meeting point for all the people of the neighborhood, with events during the day and concerts in the evening. After the dismantling of the exhibition, the stage set has been used for performances by local artists.The whole structure is super light, composed of three metal curved rails, coloured in bright pink, holding white translucent curtains to frame three different spaces - punctured by an intricate path made of terrazzo-like rubber scrap. This linear carpet guides through the objects on the floor, leaning also towards the central table – a sculptural piece constructed with inverted traditional Thai wooden trusses, found on site.

Designed and directed by

Lemonot

with

Wayla Amatathammachad

Riewparboon Watnaree

Kanich Khajohnsri

Atichart Watanapichetpong

Praewrung Chantumrongkul

Natcha Thanachanan

Photos

Prin Tumsatan

Artist residency
@Manifesta 12 _ XRivista

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DANISINNI ON STAGE

Artist residency

@Manifesta 12 _ XRivista

Danisinni is a peculiar enclave, whose dystopian reality clashes with the naturally relaxed attitude of its people.

Coco' runs a familiar tavern in the central square, spending his entire day serving only friends he grew up with. Piero can't stand still and, through a daily procession from the market to PalaMangano, feeds his necessities and desires.

We worked in here for just two weeks, which is nothing. You need to consume our proposed image of the neighborhood in two hours, which is less than nothing. Be ready to acknowledge that you will forcely have a very PoP experience in this very popular realm.

Extraction - De-contextualisation - Appropriation Stratification or Aware Alienation ? No matter what, awareness leads to truth. Maybe personal and constructed, but still a valuable truth.

An artistic stage-set is a medium to challenge the relationship between yourself and the palimpsest that surrounds you. Indeed, you often don’t know enough to call it context. We strongly rely on the descriptive power of mundane objects and the beauty of ordinary behaviours. However, we must question our perception of aesthetic qualities and symbolic values embedded into these rituals.

As artists, do we highlight or do we actually impose these qualities? As art consumers, do we perceive or do we desire them?

What appears exotic and unconventional, claims to be profoundly ordinary. We provide objectified facts to strengthen the power of our subjective descriptions. We pair objects and actions to create metaphorical diptychs. Apparently random juxtapositions enable meaningful bridges, providing effective snapshots to reconstruct identities.

We want you to accept that you can have just a glimpse of these characters. Intuitive portraits, neither exhaustive nor superficial. Just enough to catch what you can afford. Be conscious that metaphors are subjective and arbitrary.

Eventually, does this project dignify or mislead?

We do think that “La Pesca delle Arancine” is a generously deceiving artistic micro-economy. And Piero must value his “Coppini” as a tremendous example of crafting.

Directed and curated by

Lemonot

with

Gianmarco Cugusi

Olmo Missaglia

Stefano La Rosa

Francesco Battaglia

Farida Gueci

Photos

Lemonot

Giorgio Masi

Masks and performance
@AA Summer School

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ANTHROPOTYPES

Masks and performance

@AA Summer School

London,

2018

Smithfield Meat Market and Billingsgate Fish Market, two insulated worlds, rich and raw – London’s history. 12 newcomers, a 3am visit. Livers, kidneys, intestines, pig trotters – invading all the senses. Fish scales, ice, styrofoam boxes, tentacles – an array of colours and textures.

Fragments, moments and interactions inform a dialogue with the markets – seemingly random elements stand apart, forming narratives and personalities – Anthropotypes. Born from impressions, interrogations and above all, interactions in the market – four new characters from these faceted little worlds emerged.

The Wanderer from the East – an outsider, searching for a common language. The Grinder – constantly monitoring the ongoings at Smithfield, keeping intruders away. Faceless – the quiet soul of the market, seeking the exotic beauty that exists within. The High Priest of Billingsgate – delivering the fishy beings from sea to plate with empathy.

And finally a tasty potluck supper club. A peculiar snapshot of London and a few of its multiple selves – our crafted Anthropotypes.

“This fish soup is bland. Could you pass me the salt?” “Don’t do that.” “This is an eel soup, you will scare them.” “This is an eel soup, you will scare them.” “What do you mean? The eels are dead. I can’t scare them, I am eating them.” “Really? You’ve never heard this?!” “The eels are never dead, they fluctuate between life and afterlife.” “Come on! That’s crap! And then – what about the salt?” “The salt reminds them of his face.” “The salt reminds them of him.” “Him?Who?” “Him!” “Who?” “Him!” “I don’t understand.” “He’s the feeder.” “He’s the killer.” “He holds the cabinet.” “He prepares the coffin.” “I don’t believe you, I will just eat the soup.” “Well, just pay respect to him – he’s the High Priest of Billingsgate.”

Taught and directed by

Lemonot

with

Maghnild Kennedy

Marie Riime

Lorenzo Vitturi

Video

AA students

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Sabrina Morreale, AA Dipl
Lorenzo Perri, AA Dipl (Hons)

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Sabrina Morreale, AA Dipl
Lorenzo Perri, AA Dipl (Hons)

18b Ferntower Road
N52JH London, UK

projects@lemonot.co.uk

ABOUT

Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri are architects, educators and founding partners of Lemonot – an open platform for spatial and relational practices, born in London on June 24th 2016, the day of Brexit, and now fluctuating among London, Italy, Vienna 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 is a filtering framework to grasp reality. Architecture becomes a medium to produce heterogeneous outcomes: from geometrical patterns and still-lives for the public space to pastry tools and toys, interactive pavilions, short films, performances and embroidered masks.

Their projects have been exhibited and awarded worldwide – at the 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 forms of conviviality – as a trigger for unconventional spatial languages, between geometrical abstraction and material figurativism.