Brief Encounter / JESPER HENRIKKSON
responding to Jack Self
Understanding contemporary life is a constant struggle, which sometimes seems almost impossible. What does it mean to live today?
To be contemporary. Meaning, to take the world at face value and resist seeking refuge in romanticism or science fiction. To seek making sense but only trust knowledge which comes from experience. To allow yourself to change opinion, but always stick to the truth.
1 Jesper Henriksson is founding director of Hesselbrand, architectural office based in London and Oslo, and previously worked at BIG in Copenhagen. He is currently also a design tutor at London School of Architecture. He did his Master at Architectural Association.
The Hesselbrand´s research and design is focused on new forms of living and working for an unpredictable way of life. In 2017 they led a workshop organized by AA concerned with how space is made for living and working “SPACE PROGRAM SAN FRANCISCO”.
They participated in the Venice Biennale 2016 exhibition at British Pavilion called Home Economics. They also organized an exhibition Three Found Models in 2015 at Revue Gallery London where day collaborated on exhibition design and catalogue for exhibition with Real Foundation (and OK-RM).
Lecture at AA, Hesselbrand: Models for Whatever
2 Jack Self (1987) is an architect and writer based in London. He did his Master at AA Undergraduate School. He is director of the REAL foundation and Editor-in-Chief of Real Review (“Britain´s foremost contemporary culture magazine” ) which was award-winning and was featured in the Design Museum´s 2017 Design of the Year Awards. He is also contributing editor at the Architectural Review, and has written for numerous publications like The Guardian, 032c, New Philosopher, e-flux,..He published several books RealEstates: Life without Debt (Bedford Press, 2014), Home Economics (2016), Mies in London (2018). In 2016 he co-curated (with Shumi Bose and Finn Williams) the exhibition Home Economics at British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Brief Encounter* is a short and quick format that aims to reveal relationships between individuals, different professions, etc. By avoiding a more complex interview, it aims to recall the immediacy, the lightness of a single, acute, direct but essential question. A brief encounter of two people, a chance to ask someone about something related to their professional interest at a given time, publicly. A meeting framed by the extent of a single question and the virtual space of MAG D A.
* Brief Encounter comes from the 40´s movie by David Lean, about a chance meeting of two random people at a railway station.