Alex Schweder, works with architecture and performance art to complicate the distinction between occupying subjects and occupied objects. Schweder’s series, “The Third Thing”, was featured in our Spring 2023 exhibition, and blossomed from his previous collaboration with us for “The Sound And The Future” in 2016.
The Third Thing: Describing the experience of this inflatable installation as an effervescent cocktail of skin, sound, mirror, fur, and milk, Schweder hints that the taste for drinking this work is not acquired in polite society. Swelling and sagging, animated by the fill and empty of air, this experience at Wasserman Projects pursues his recent discovery that the inflatable architecture he has made for over a decade can be newly approached as sound-producing instruments. Opening this possibility wider, Schweder has commissioned an eclectic group of sound artists to form an unlikely ensemble.
Schweder’s other exhibitions include, “Counterweight Roommate” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, “Antarctopia” at the 2014 Venice Biennale, “In Orbit” at the Pierogi Boiler in Brooklyn, “Wall to Wall Floor To Ceiling” at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, “Performance Architecture” at the 2013 Moscow Biennial, “The Real and Other Fictions” at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Biennial, “Draft Urbanism” at the Biennial of the Americas, “Practise Architecture” at Tate Britain, “A Sac of Rooms All Day Long” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Roomograph” at the deCordova Museum, and “The Rise and fall” in the 2012 Marrakech Biennial. The Pollack Krasner and Graham Foundations have both funded his projects and he has been an artist in residence at the Kohler Company, the Chinati Foundation, and The American Academy in Rome as the 2005-6 Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture. Schweder is the author of “Performance Architecture” (2016).