sP+a was invited to participate in the Collective City, themed Seoul Biennale SBau 2019 by DIRECTOR Francisco Sanin and CURATOR: Beth Hughes, we curated a mini-section of Indian Practices for the Cities Section as well as installed the studio’s research and architectural work within the Thematic Section in the main hall at the Zaha Hadid Architects designed DDP building.
The practices presented here from India demonstrate a variety of collective forms classified within four operative formats:
1. Celebratory/ Temporal/Ephemeral Collectives
2. Spatial Collectives
3. Memory/Historical Collectives
4. Activist/Resistant Collectives. Each of the forms of practices brought with them particular agencies and projective capacities – design, art, research legal instruments, mobilization for marginalized communities, temporal events, urban conservation or even provocations- which together keep the plurality of the urban space active and engaging.
In this section, we documented though our studio’s work, the evolution of the practice into four distinct formats – practice, research collaboration and collectives.