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    art or architecture..?

    By jade heshmatpour
    Feb 3, '05 1:20 PM EST

    no, i won't bore you with this old question. in John Shnier's recent seminar course, "Piranesi: modern thought, contemporary practice & curated relationships" students were asked to forget this old debate and instead act simultaneously in the spirit of both artist and architect. each week a student transformed a lowly classroom into an exhibition space which synergistically linked the work of a chosen artist and architect.

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    Piranesi-architect, archaeologist, scenic designer, engineer, theorist, antiquarian, contrarian, provocateur-was a creator who melded many roles, acting through all of them in simultaneity. in like spirit, students were asked to curate an exhibition that somehow melded the character of their chosen artist and architect into an alternate third personality.

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    an interactive exhibition of Dominique Gonzales-Torres & Peter Eisenmann involving an instructive student-made film and the folding of origami

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    each week different students adopted the role of guest-critic, leading discussions which followed the exhibitions

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    in the multilayered spirit of Piranesi, in addition to the role of curator, gallery-goer and critic we often played that of gourmand as well.

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