January 18-27, 2019

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TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture


Fri, Jan 19, 2018

7:30 pm — 9:00 pm


TO DO Projects


Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto



$15 Regular, $12 Student/Senior



Aberrant Architecture, Beatrice Galilee


Based in London, UK, Aberrant Architecture is an award-winning collaborative studio of designers, makers, and thinkers whose projects introduce new and unexpected ways of experiencing everyday life. Storytelling and research are at the heart of their practice, a practice which includes the first architecture residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, exhibitions at the Venice Biennale for Architecture and Sao Paulo Biennial, public installations, and much more.

In this talk, Aberrant founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will discuss the ideas, experiences, and stories that reside outside the “final” work or architecture – the “outtakes” – with friend and past collaborator Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Part of TO DO’s inaugural International Guest of Honour Program, this talk is co-presented with Harbourfront Centre, and generously supported by the Government of Ontario, the British Council, and Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto, with advocacy by the Interior Designers of Canada.


Aberrant Architecture

Combining storytelling and research at the heart of their practice, Aberrant Architecture takes a playful approach to producing spatial experiences that are both meaningful and beautiful. Their participatory form of practice places the needs of people at the centre of the problems they address and the opportunities they create. Aberrant designs interactive architecture, interiors, public art, exhibitions and installations, building close relationships with the communities in which they operate.

Aberrant has exhibited work at international architecture exhibitions at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Gwangju Design Biennale, Sao Paulo Biennial and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, and co-founded the Gopher Hole, an event space in London. Aberrant Architecture held the first architecture residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A); their work has been collected by the V&A and the Museum of Art in Rio de Janeiro.


Beatrice Galilee

Beatrice Galilee is a curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. Trained in Architecture at Bath University, and in History of Architecture MSc at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Beatrice specialises in the dissemination of architecture and design through city-wide projects, media, curatorial practice, research, editing, and teaching.

Currently, Beatrice is the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She was the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer, co-curator at 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and curator of the experimental performance design projects Hacked and Afrofuture at Milan Design Week.


TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture is eligible for OAA ConEd learning hours (1.5 hours). If you wish to receive a certificate of completion, be sure to sign-up upon arrival.


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