Urban Deconstructions

Alekos Hofstetter, Holger Lippmann, Paul Raff, David Warne


Berlin artists Alekos Hofstetter and Holger Lippmann join Toronto architects Paul Raff and David Warne to examine the deconstruction of urban architecture, opening new perspectives on the functionality and aesthetics of architecture within time and geography. Co-curated with journalist John Bentley Mays, this exhibition is the latest in a two-year series at the Goethe dealing with urban transformations across cultures and generations. Global as the analysis is, its case studies are deliciously local. Hofstetter and Lippmann, working solely from documentary photographs, deconstruct the Goethe- Institut Toronto building through computer animations, drawings and inkjet prints. Working from their own physical “unbuilding” of a century-old Ontario cottage a decade ago, Warne and Raff resurrect traces of the structure through photographs, videos and remnants of tattered fabric. Mays notes this is an “art that resists hurry,” evoking “a point of view in which the seeker declines to devour information at the speed of mass culture.”