Studio GROSS / スタジオグロス 建築事務所・ギャラリー Office/Gallery
Architecture, Curation, Design, Film making, Illustration, Photography

5-14-13 Higashiogu, Arakawa-Ku, 116-0012 Tokyo, Japan
116-0012 東京都荒川区東尾久 5-14-13

anne@studio-gross.de + sebastian@studio-gross.de

「TheCityAsAHouse」

..How the Network of 即席 Spaces Abolishes the Private Apartment.

 

Interactive book show by 
Rebecca Merlic

February 17th 2024
13:00-19:00

Reading
17:00

 Step into a bold experiment with „TheCityAsAHouse,“ an interactive art book presentation that challenges the very notion of home. Imagine a world where traditional private spaces dissolve, and public realms become the backdrop of daily life. Follow the journey of a 30-year-old European navigating Tokyo without a conventional apartment, relying solely on a smartphone. In this visually stunning exploration, „TheCityAsAHouse“ raises provocative questions about the future of privacy and urban living. What if bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms were no longer confined to four walls? What if streets, parks, and cafes became our domestic spheres?

Through immersive storytelling and rich data collected during the experiment, the book invites you to embark on a digital journey. Explore new perspectives through interactive game experiences that challenge preconceptions about society and architecture.

Discover the potential for artistic innovation and societal transformation as „TheCityAsAHouse“ pushes the boundaries of how we define home. Join us in contemplating the possibilities that await in a world where nomadic living and communal spaces redefine the fabric of our communities.

 

Rebecca Merlic

 *17/01/1989 in Oberwesel am Rhein, Germany (HR/AT/DE) 

Rebecca is a European digital artist and architect, experimental filmmaker, and senior scientist at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her work is strongly influenced by alternative ways of society and transgression in socioeconomic conventions as well as new forms of artistic and architectural production employing new technologies.

She is the holder of the Marianne von Willemer Prize 2020 for digital media, DKB VR Art Prize winner 2023 as well as Content Vienna winner and the holder of Theodor-Körner prize for art and science 2023. 

Recently her work was shown at SLAMDANCE (Utah, US), New Cinema Days (Manchester, UK), Belvedere + Belvedere21 (Vienna, AT), ADAF (Athens, GR), ARS ELECTRONICA (Linz, AT), Austrian Cultural Forum (Tokyo, JP), V2 (Rotterdam, NL), Ethnographic Museum (Zagreb, HR), MSU Museum for contemporaray art Zagreb.

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Rebecca Merlic

Studio GROSS / スタジオグロス 建築事務所・ギャラリー Office/Gallery
Architecture, Curation, Design, Film making, Illustration, Photography

5-14-13 Higashiogu, Arakawa-Ku, 116-0012 Tokyo, Japan
116-0012 東京都荒川区東尾久 5-14-13

anne@studio-gross.de + sebastian@studio-gross.de

Understanding Urban Consequences

2019 City Walk Tokyo with Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tokyo
2019 Interview with DAAD – German
2019 City Walk Tokyo with the Building Committee of the German Federal Parliament, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tokyo
2019 Won Tokyo Start-Up Challenge, supported by Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund for Research and Innovation
2019 Won Merit Prize, The 46th Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition ‚自然の上に暮らす‘
2019 Finalist Transfer Architecture Video Awards, Zurich, Switzerland – with 「Yoshino Cedar House」  
2019 Video Series Production and Direction for the Canadian Center for Architecture with c/o Tokyo, Kayoko Ota

2020 Published in Shinkenchiku 新建築 2020年1月号 – featured 46th Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition
2020 Collaborating Supervisors at EVER AFTER Workshop, Tokyo University of the Arts (PIA lab + Ishinomaki Laboratory) + Exhibition at DesignArt Tokyo 2020
2020 Exhibition and Talk Event at OGU MAG Gallery, Tokyo 「クリーニングデイ=モノと対話する日」
2020 Exhibition of Finalists Transfer Video Award 2019, ‚Ville, Architecture, Payasage au cinéma‘ MCBA, Lausanne, Switzerland
2020 Guest Lecture at IUBH International University of Applied Sciences, Hannover, German

2021 Guest Lecture at Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
2021 Finished Koizumi Building 「小泉ビル」Facade Renovation, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Finished 「OGUMAG +」 Renovation Project with a Gallery, Cafe, Atelier and Residence
2021 Lecturer for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Scrivener Association 「空き家の利活用セミナー」
2021 Lecturer at Goethe-Institut Tokio + City Walk
2021 Guest Lecture at University of Tsukuba, World Heritage Studies, 「Global Learning: Heritage, Creativity and Art」
2021 Exhibition and Talk Event at OGU MAG Gallery, Tokyo 「OGU MAG+ みんなの活動 6/17(木)-6/27(日)」
2021 Published in 商店建築10月号 – featured 「OGU MAG +」
2021 Co-Teaching at HTWK Leipzig, Entwerfen + Baukonstruktion, Prof. Anthusa Löffler, Community and Material Research center
2021 Shortlisted at the Transfer Architecture Video Award, Zurich, Switzerland – with 「A Story of A House」
2021 Video screening premiere of 「A Story of A House」at OGU MAG+ Farm
2021 Models Talk CCA video series – Release event + conversation (Giovanna Borasi, Kayoko Ota, Studio Gross, Kumiko Inui, Kazuko Akamatsu, Erika Nakagawa)
2021 Models Talk CCA video series – Dezeen feature
2021 Guest Lecture at Fukushima University 「空き家ー都市資源」
2021 Won Merit Prize, The 48th Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition ‚人間の家‘ 日新工業建築設計競技 (佳作)

2022 Published in Shinkenchiku 新建築 2022年1月号 – featured 48th Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition
2022 Published at architechturephoto – featured 「OGU MAG+」
2022 University of Tsukuba – World Heritage Workshop – 昭和の遺産を分析し再構築 – 筑波大学 世界遺産調査
2022 Baunetzwoche#595 IDEEN FÜR TOKIOS LEERE HÄUSER
2022 werk, bauen + wohnen, CH, 06/2022 – ‘Mehr <ma> bitte! – Leerstand und Revitalisierung in Tokio’
2022 Finished first phase Moritaya Sake-shop 「モリタヤ」 酒店 東京 改修
2022 Published at Fundacion Arquia – featured Films: OGU MAG+, Kazuya Morita, Go Hasegawa, Kazuyo Sejima, Akiya, Atelier Bow-Wow
2022 Published at New Gens – featured Studio GROSS
2022 Published Film: 「Szenen eines Hauses – Ein zeitgenössisches Portrait des Senshintei」 – ある家の風景 現代に生きる「洗心亭」の姿
2022 Guest Lecture at University of Tsukuba, World Heritage Studies, 「Global Learning: Heritage, Creativity and Art」
2022 Guest Critic at HTWK Leipzig, Entwerfen + Baukonstruktion, Prof. Anthusa Löffler, Media and Health center
2022 Published in Shinkenchiku 新建築 2022年8月号 – featured 「OGU MAG+」
2022 Published in buildingsomethingoffbeat – featured 「小泉ビル」
2022 Finished 「KOWORK」 Renovation Project – After school activity 柏市 改修
2022 Part time lecturer at Musashino Art University – Tokyo, Japan
2022 Part time lecturer at Tokyo Denki University – Tokyo, Japan

2023 HOUSE 03 featured at ‚Make Do With Now: New Directions in Japanese Architecture‘ exhibition in Basel by Swiss Architecture Museum
2023 HOUSE 03 featured at ‚Make Do With Now: New Directions in Japanese Architecture‘ exhibition catalog
2023 Guest Lecture at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
2023 Part time lecturer at Tokyo Denki University – Tokyo, Japan
2023 Part time lecturer at Kanto Gakuin University – Yokohama, Japan
2023 Guest Lecture at Meiji University, IAUD – Tokyo, Japan
2023 Research Assistant at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
2023 Part time lecturer at Tsukuba University, Japan
2023 PARK-PLATZ – part of URBAN WALKS Goethe-Institut East Asia
2023 AFFR Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam featured「MAKE DO WITH NOW」with Q&A
2023 FilmTage Erfurt featured「MAKE DO WITH NOW」with discussion
2023 HOUSE 03 featured at ‚Make Do With Now: New Directions in Japanese Architecture‘ exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark
2023 Archifest Singapore featured「MAKE DO WITH NOW」
2023 PARK-PLATZ – part of URBAN WALKS Round Table discussion, Seoul, Korea
2023 FilmFest Akizuki featured「MAKE DO WITH NOW」
2023 HOUSE 03 featured at ‚Make Do With Now: New Directions in Japanese Architecture‘ exhibition in Tallinn, Estonia

Curated Exhibitions and Studio Events

2019 SEP 「Opening Studio GROSS」 with Irene Yamaguchi
2019 OCT 「Residential + Studio Building Berlin」 ifau + Heide & von Beckerath, PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Alberts
2019 NOV 「One footstep, touching the ground」 Guillaume Barborini, Co-Curated by Masamichi Tamura (artport/ Echangeur22)
2019 DEC 「忘年会」Neighbourhood Event
2020 JUL  「Life PaintingーAndrea Terceros」+ 「domestic island」with Andrea Terceros, Eirdis, DJ: Lucia Filippini, Aske Albertus, IG live with Tokyo Weekender
2020 AUG 「Chuhwui Pop-Up Shop」Local Jewelleries
2020 AUG 「警戒: Don’t Come Outside」Aquiles Hadjis
2021 FEB 「MINERAL」Shiho Morisugi, Photo Shooting for a young local children’s fashion label
2021 MAR「MINERAL」Shiho Morisugi, Photo Shooting for a young local children’s fashion label
2021 MAY 「On life and intimacy」 Guillem Ayora
2021 AUG 「Obaachan no kami」Chloe Paré & Theodor Maier
2021 OCT 「Art Sale」Ousmane Bâ
2021 OCT 「Halloween Party」Kizuna
2022 MAR「 人間の家はソフトなまち」Asami Togawa
2022 JUN「 Soybean planting」Neighbourhood Event
2022 JUL「 TANABATA」Studio GROSS with Ebony Bižys
2022 NOV「 Kumanomae Yoga fes」Neighbourhood Common Space
2022 NOV「 Arakawa Pottery Pop-Up Tour」Ido Ferber
2022 DEC「 October November」Elisabeth Kihlström, Yuki Higashino
2023 MAR「 AESTHETIC FICTION – Dismantling the Light of Frank Lloyd Wright 」Karina Nimmerfall
2023 JUN「 Extolling the Virtues of Peach Blossoms over Pine Needles 」Karine Fauchard, Lazar Lyutakov
2023 SEP「 Iʻm here」Maurizio Cirillo – as part of PARK-PLATZ by Studio GROSS
2023 NOV「 ICELAND」Akase Yuki
2023 NOV「 さらば 」Angus Schaefer

Models Talk: CCA c/o Tokyo video series

Models Talk is a new three-part video series that the CCA produced together with architectural curator and editor Kayoko Ota (Tokyo) and Studio GROSS (Tokyo and Berlin), as part of our CCA c/o Tokyo program.

Socially engaged approaches in architecture, including participatory design, reprogramming, and minimum intervention, are increasingly common—but can often yield predictable results. This series of videos focuses instead on works that challenge convention in order to address current urban issues, and uses the particularities of film as a format to convey the ideas defining these works. In each video one architect leads the viewer through a model that acts as a guide by way of the problems, concepts, and inventive propositions that underlie the work. 

Motivated by the desire to illustrate architectural concepts and make them more easily accessible, Models Talk gives a platform to three architects working through contemporary challenges to express their proposals.

In Recipe for Mixed Rice (10 minutes), the viewer is dropped first with Kumiko Inui on a train through Nobeoka, then through her approach to designing for its train station: an inclusive workshop that asks how space can be “freed up, not filled.” Kazuko Akamatsu reveals a similarly generous exercise in urban redevelopment in A Matter of Void (9 minutes). “Because [Shibuya is] such a dynamic place, I thought it would be more appropriate to create an environment where people can feel they’re in the middle of this constantly moving city.” Erika Nakagawa, then, conceives of any new project as “an addition to its surrounding environment” in A Neighbourhood in A House (13 minutes). The series reveals a shared empathy in how these contemporary practitioners approach design questions and the role of documentary film as an intimate vehicle behind-the-scenes of these processes.

All 3 Films here on Dezeen