Bodybuilding: Architecture and Performance

Charles Aubin (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
& 3 more


The first book to survey the use of performance by architects, Bodybuilding proposes a new counter-canon of building innovation

Looking past the unbuilt utopian projects of the modernists or the postwar avant-garde, the authors of Bodybuilding delve into actually produced works of architecture fortified by performance: Arata Isozaki's dancing robot-buildings at Osaka Expo '70, Charles Moore's live-TV design sessions or Toyo Ito's staged dioramas for department stores. Since the financial crisis of 2008, which sent construction rates plummeting, young architects have embraced performance more explicitly--and Bodybuilding grounds these new practices within a century of efforts to construct or critique architecture via performers' movements and actions. Bodybuilding features more than 30 case studies, plus rare archival documentation of actions by Ugo La Pietra, Lawrence and Anna Halprin, Lina Bo Bardi and others. The book also includes essays on Ricardo Bofill's theatrical stagings in unsold apartments; Coop Himmelblau's development of bio-activated interactive objects; and Mabel O. Wilson and Bryony Roberts' production of parades to undermine architecture's racist legacies.

--Juliet Jaques "Frieze"

Product Details

$35.00  $32.20
Performa Publications
Publish Date
September 15, 2020
9.4 X 13.9 X 0.5 inches | 1.95 pounds
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About the Author

RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic, and curator specializing in modern and contemporary performance art. In 2004, Goldberg founded PERFORMA. She has created performance programs for the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, both in New York, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum.