Talking Heads – Marina Otero Verzier

During the Talking Heads of October 2019, Marina Otero Verzier discussed the research projects concerned with innovation that she conducts at the Rotterdam Het Nieuwe Instituut: an architecture museum with a research institute at the crossroads of architecture, design and digital cultures. Assuming that innovation is also a source of conflict, Otero Verzier takes an interest in automation processes linked to the evolution of the labour market. As a researcher, she has often worked on the question of temporary architecture, notably squats, which were legal and numerous in the Netherlands until 2010. Otero Verzier opens a dialogue between this utopia of the temporary and the impermanence of capitalist logic’s standardised forms, from which stems a growing precarity. This reasoning gave rise to an exhibition project presented at the Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2016, co-curated by Otero Verzier. Entitled After Belonging, this exhibition project focused on the contrary forces at play in the rejection of immigrants and their confinement in temporary detention centres on the one hand and, on the other, the development of a hospitality free of boundaries through Airbnb and other online platforms. The question of the temporary also prompted her to reflect on art institutions, mobile museums and art biennales. Otero Verzier is part of the curatorial team of the 2020 Marseille edition of Manifesta, a European travelling biennale whose challenges and difficulties she is tackling.

 

 

During the Talking Heads of October 2019, Marina Otero Verzier discussed the research projects concerned with innovation that she conducts at the Rotterdam Het Nieuwe Instituut: an architecture museum with a research institute at the crossroads of architecture, design and digital cultures. Assuming that innovation is also a source of conflict, Otero Verzier takes an interest in automation processes linked to the evolution of the labour market. As a researcher, she has often worked on the question of temporary architecture, notably squats, which were legal and numerous in the Netherlands until 2010. Otero Verzier opens a dialogue between this utopia of the temporary and the impermanence of capitalist logic’s standardised forms, from which stems a growing precarity. This reasoning gave rise to an exhibition project presented at the Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2016, co-curated by Otero Verzier. Entitled After Belonging, this exhibition project focused on the contrary forces at play in the rejection of immigrants and their confinement in temporary detention centres on the one hand and, on the other, the development of a hospitality free of boundaries through Airbnb and other online platforms. The question of the temporary also prompted her to reflect on art institutions, mobile museums and art biennales. Otero Verzier is part of the curatorial team of the 2020 Marseille edition of Manifesta, a European travelling biennale whose challenges and difficulties she is tackling.