news release: 2003

Friday 4 July 2003, 2030h, free entry

Christian Grou and Tapio Snellman present a unique screening of their latest video film 'Seek.02' at the NCP Metro Garage, 7-11 Hearn Street, London EC2A 3LS

Grou and Snellman formed the practice deceptively-named 'Neutral' on completing their architectural studies. Their work is dedicated to an engagement with architecture not as building design, but as moving images. In parallel with their collaboration with top architects (Zaha Hadid, Hertzog & de Meuron, Caruso St John, David Chipperfield) in creating visualisations of new projects, their ongoing exploration of video as the means of articulating an emotional response to the built environment has resulted in the series 'Seek'.

'Seek.01' (first presented in 2000 at 291 Gallery, a huge ex-church space in east London, and later as part of 'Cities on the Move' at the Hayward) was a reflection on their experience of the illegible city, Tokyo. 'Seek.02' draws on observations of Mumbai (Bombay) and London, exchanging the familiar with the exotic in a meditation on the commonality of urban experience and on the individual's subjectivity among a multitude of strangers. The unusual setting for the screening on 4 July re-inserts their film into the fabric of the city.

Neutral (est. 1999)

Tapio Snellman (b. Helsinki, 1969), architectural studies Stuttgart and London, architectural practice Tokyo and London, since 1999 neutral.
Christian Grou (b. Bucharest, 1969), architectural studies Stuttgart and Tokyo, art director, graphic designer, video maker Stuttgart, Tokyo, New York, London, since 1999 neutral.

selected video work
Seek.01, 1998 (291 Gallery, London, Hayward Gallery, London, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki)
Shinjuku Myriapod, 1998: self-produced mixed media animation film investigating the issues of urban homelessness. (Tokyo University Department of Architecture)
Evil, 2000: music promo horror video clip for the band 'Cinema' (screened on MTV etc.)
Center of Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, 2001: Video animation about Zaha Hadid's design
Eyebeam Atelier Museum of Art and Technology, 2001: competition entry video with David Chipperfield Architects, London: New York
Football Stadium, Munich, 2002: video animation about the winning competition entry by Herzog & de Meuron
Ideastore, 2002: David Adjaye's design for Whitechapel Library, London, for Biennale di Venezia
Lufthansa Opener, 2003: in flight video (Lufthansa airlines)

selected exhibitions/festivals
Cities on the Move, traveling Exhibition on new urbanity in East Asia, London and Helsinki, 1999-2000
Venice Architecture Biennale 2000, with Zaha Hadid, Italian Pavillion and Austrian Pavillion
Great Expectations, Touring Design Council Exhibition about excellence in British design, New York and other North American cities, 2001-2002
Great Expectations, Touring Design Council Exhibition about excellence in British design,Shanghai, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney, 2002-2003
Oltre I Media, Festival Internazionale di Architettura in Video, Firenze, May 2002
Venice Architecture Biennale 2002, with David Chipperfield, Adjaye Associates, Herzog & de Meuron
Onedotzero, London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, May 2003

images © Neutral 2002

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