Young trans-disciplinary firm Interrobang is one of five teams shortlisted to curate the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT), the 7th edition of the festival
Interrobang is the only team on the shortlist based primarily in the UK, and the only one to include a practising architecture firm, comprising Maria Smith and Matthew Dalziel of Interrobang, Norweigian researcher, lecturer and artist Cecile Sachs Olsen, and the critic, curator and deputy director of The Architecture Foundation, Phineas Harper.
The curatorial team will have primary artistic and academic responsibility for the core programme of OAT 2019, including the development of its conceptual and thematic framework and research. The jury of Nina Berre, Anne Beate Hovind, Pedro Gadanho, Marianne Skjulhaug and Kjetil Trædal Thorsen considered more than 70 proposals from around the world, stating ‘many of the proposals deal with the most important issues of our time, issues which cannot be ignored in a relevant discussion about architecture’s role today and in the future’. The winner is due to be announced in December.
Maria Smith of Interrobang commented: ‘We’re honoured to be shortlisted, especially in such distinguished company. For us, curating the Oslo Architecture Triennale would be an extraordinary opportunity to bring together divergent and multidisciplinary practitioners from all over the world to think adventurously about the future of architecture and society.’
Interrobang is a trans-disciplinary architecture and engineering practice, co-founded by Andy Yates and Steve Webb, directors of Webb Yates the structural and civil engineering firm, and Maria Smith, ex-director and co-founder of Studio Weave. Read the AJ’s Interview with the firm here.