Hayward Gallery
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Psycho Buildings: Artists Take On Architecture

Psycho Buildings: Artists Take On Architecture, 28 May – 25 August 2008, Hayward Gallery. Psycho Buildings marked the Hayward Gallery’s 40th anniversary as one of the world’s most architecturally unique exhibition venues.

The exhibition brought together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural environments that are perceptual and physical spaces as much as psychological ones. Visitors were invited to immerse themselves in ten atmospheric and unsettling installations that explored and questioned the way we relate to our surroundings. 

Often working against the grain of established architectural practices, the artists in the exhibition created architecturally inflected installations that highlighted the crucial role of physical experience in our aesthetic encounters, emphasising what must be experienced rather than merely seen, and actively engaging each visitor as an adventurous participant in the work.  

Artists included: Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan), Michael Beutler (Germany), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Gelitin (Austria), Mike Nelson (UK), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Tobias Putrih (Slovenia), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Do-Ho Suh (Korea) and Rachel Whiteread (UK).

The accompanying publication included essays by Brian Dillon, Jane Rendell and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, with texts on individual artists by Francis McKee, Tumelo Mosaka, Midori Matsui, Brian Dillon, Paulo Herkenhoff, Francesco Manacorda, Tom Morton, Miwon Kwon, David Greene and Iain Sinclair. 

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Psycho Buildings marked the Hayward Gallery’s 40th anniversary as one of the world’s most architecturally unique exhibition venues.

The exhibition brought together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural environments that are perceptual and physical spaces as much as psychological ones. Visitors were invited to immerse themselves in ten atmospheric and unsettling installations that explored and questioned the way we relate to our surroundings. 

Often working against the grain of established architectural practices, the artists in the exhibition created architecturally inflected installations that highlighted the crucial role of physical experience in our aesthetic encounters, emphasising what must be experienced rather than merely seen, and actively engaging each visitor as an adventurous participant in the work.  

Artists included: Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan), Michael Beutler (Germany), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Gelitin (Austria), Mike Nelson (UK), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Tobias Putrih (Slovenia), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Do-Ho Suh (Korea) and Rachel Whiteread (UK).

The accompanying publication included essays by Brian Dillon, Jane Rendell and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, with texts on individual artists by Francis McKee, Tumelo Mosaka, Midori Matsui, Brian Dillon, Paulo Herkenhoff, Francesco Manacorda, Tom Morton, Miwon Kwon, David Greene and Iain Sinclair. 

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