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“David Adjaye – Collaborations: Pitch Black” by Oliver Hardt

Design Indaba   in  · ·
February 19, 2015

Most documentaries about architecture show you the building from the architect’s point of view: they talk about their vision and how they chose to interpret the brief in terms of materials, layout, footprint and formal qualities.

But Oliver Hardt’s documentary, David Adjaye – Collaborations, relies predominantly on interviews with Adjaye’s clients whom he sees as collaborators. It was commissioned by the Haus der Kunst in Munich and The Art Institute of Chicago as part of the exhibition David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material, curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoë Ryan.

The result of keeping the architect largely absent – as seen in this excerpt featuring the studio of Brooklyn artist Lorna Simpson – is that the audience can really appreciate how the built structure takes on a life that both mirrors and shapes the people who inhabit it.


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