CV IGNACIO RIVAS



Ignacio Rivas Palma
Santiago, Chile, 1985


Currently based in Berlin

ignaciorivasp@gmail.com






PROJECTS

17 October 2020


TERRITORIAL TRANSDUCTIONS

Audio performance in collaboration with Eloise Maltby Maland and Mathias Klenner part of Chilean Conexion, Berlin, Germany.

Territorial Transductions is a performance that, through narration and sound, invites us to travel through superimposed spaces miles and months away. Generating multiple relationships and contrasts between them, images evoked from a space enter into conflict with the reality we observe. Guided by an external entity that questions the borders of our bodies and the limits of what surrounds us, while challenging our control capacity and authorship over other beings; we become a collective body, temporarily managed and programmed by an artificial one.



January - December 2019

AN INDEPENDENT AND FLEXIBLE AND PRECARIOUS AND OVERWORKED REHEARSAL

Practice-led research for the MA Situated Practice at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, United Kingdom.

Since the imposition of neoliberalism in the 1970s, an emphasis on ideas of independence and flexibility has increasingly blurred the boundaries between our work environment and our own lives. In response to these unstable conditions, this project questions the contemporary idealisation of the independent and flexible work that encourages competition, personal entrepreneurship and self-definition over collective ideals of society.
The projects brings together a group of independent workers from the Haggerston neighbourhood in London, to co-produce an immersive, site-specific performative event which, through collaboration, seeks to question the ideas of control and authorship.The event works with the idea of a rehearsal in order to narrate and renegotiate the process of working with a community to create new forms of collective actions. Through the intersection of these local stories, the project aims to reflect critically on a global context of increasing precarity and overworking, and hopes to identify possible alternatives and sites of resistance.




16 March 2019

THE CRITICAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Performance and installation with the Situated Practice cohort at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom.

The Critical Research Service aimed to re-negotiate and critique power relations between the public, the space and the institution. We offered a range of temporary activations that test alternative modes of engagement and consider the restrictions of both site and situation.



2017 - 2018

NEVER DISCUSS POLITICS AT HOME TV SHOW

TV Show developed with TOMA part of a Graham Foundation Grant in New Media.

An architectural TV Show to discuss the main domestic and global conflicts in the contemporary world, from our own homes. This TV show challenges the architectural discipline to get involved in the central conflicts of the global agenda through the construction of alternative social and territorial
narratives.




August 2016

NEVER DISCUSS POLITICS AT HOME

Installation at “Occupied” exhibition in RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. With TOMA.

A project that explores the domestic space and its capacity as a political stimuli through a collection of architectural tv shows, movies, magazines, newspapers, pictures, websites and books. The project remained open for 2 months, with a member of toma in residence. every week, guests come together over lunch to discuss the urban issues of our time: real estate speculation, affordable housing, gentrification, demolition, displacement, urban memory, community resistance, manifestations and protests, occupations of buildings and territories, contamination of urban natural resources.


November 2015 - January 2016  

THE PATIO 

Construction project developed in the communitary center INFANTE 1415, Santiago, Chile. With TOMA.

A few months after the opening, the local government of Providencia commissioned Toma to participate in a second phase of the rehabilitation of the Infante 1415 Creation Factory. This time we were tasked with transforming the exterior space of the factory into a patio. The central approach for the Patio phase was the inclusion of the members of the local community into the design and construction process. As in the first phase, the scope of the project transcended the structural requirements. The most essential part of the project was the development and strengthening of the local community, a group of empowered neighbors who would be able to organize, appropriate and make decisions over the territory.


October 2015


ESPECULOPOLIS

Research and Installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, EEUU. With TOMA.


Searching for the traces of urban neoliberalism. Speculating about possible post-neoliberal urban scenarios.The case of study is Santiago de Chile, the neoliberal city par excellence, shaped by the thoughts of the “Chicago Boys”, a group of Chilean economists indoctrinated by Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger at the University of Chicago. Nowadays, we see the results of the neoliberal model in our urban environment: segregation of the poor to the periphery of the city, deregulated urban growth of the city by the hands of private interests, privatization of all public services, rich uptown ghettos and the displacement of communities due to changes in land value.



July - September 2015  

THE MONSTERS OF THE THREAD FACTORY

INFANTE 1415, Santiago, Chile. With TOMA.

In 2014, the local government of Providencia, Santiago de Chile, acquired a central plot of land which included two buildings formerly part of a Thread factory that were of historical value. After years of underuse, the facilities would be rehabilitated to preserve their original productive purpose, but the program would take a new direction; Infante 1415 would become the first public Creation Factory in Chile, a government sponsored cultural center to encourage the creative activities of the local community. Within this framework, TOMA was commissioned to develop the furniture as part of the refurbishment of Infante 1415. It was necessary that the proposal addressed both functional and symbolic issues, as it was a basic requirement to provide space for a wide range of activities and uses which could integrate the new space into the community.



September 2014

THE DINING ROOM

Temporary installation at GAM Cultural Center, Santiago, Chile. With TOMA

Dining room is a project of temporary occupation of the central plaza of the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM), the largest public cultural center in Santiago de Chile. This urban intervention proposes the appropriation of this space as a citizen, communitary and festive place.
Dining room is proposed as a recovery action of the memory of the building -current GAM, originally the UNCTAD III (United Nations Conference of Trade and Development 1972) then Gabriela Mistral Metropolitan Cultural Center 1972-73 and then Diego Portales (Pinochet dictatorship headquarters 1973-90)- specifically of the dining room which functioned in the original cultural center from august 1972 to September 1973 when the socialist democratic government of Salvador Allende was terminated by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. This cultural center represented the ideals and hopes of the first  socialist government in Chile, and the dining room was the hearth of this space where artists, thinkers and workers who believed in this project met together.
 



2014

COLLABORATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF TEMPORARY SPACES

Practice-led research with TOMA and Pablo Brugnoli as part of the Research Grant at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. 

Practical experimentation project for the development of new collaboration and occupation tools in the context of the La Azotea Project. A project developed in the San Diego neighbourhood, in the centre of Santiago de Chile, in relation to various cultural actors in a context of massive social manifestations.










EDUCATION



2019 - 2020

MA Situated Practice, University College London, London, United Kingdom.
2004 - 2010

Bachelor and Degree in Architecture, Finis Terrae University, Santiago, Chile.




WORK EXPERIENCE



2019 - present

Co-founder of La Escuela Nunca y los Otros Futuros

An experimental, latinoamerican, para-institutional, anti-bureaucratic, deeply personal, non-hierarchical, collective, independent, free and open school.



2011 - current


TOMA, Santiago, Chile. Partner and co-founder.

TOMA is an architecture  collective that develops territorial actions and practice-led research to generate alternative social ecosystems.  It develops experimental projects of action and investigation inquiring in conficts of communities and their territory.



2017 - 2018

Executive Editor for Archipiélago


Archipiélago is an experimental platform with an emphasis on reflection, research and critical dissemination of the production of contemporary architecture and design.




2012 -2015

Ignacio Rivas & Leandro Cappetto, Santiago, Chile. Partner and co-founder.


Architecture studio that developed several residential and installation projects.




2009 - 2012

La Organización, Santiago, Chile. Partner and co-founder.


Design collective dedicated to curate and stage art exhibitions.



ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE



2017

Principal Lecturer of Critical Urbanism at Universidad de Las Américas, Santiago, Chile.




2015 - 2016


Principal Lecturer of Critical Research Seminar at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.




2013 - 2014


Principal Lecturer of Architectural Representation at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.




2013 - 2016


Associate Lecturer of Architectural Design III at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.




2011 - 2012


Associate Lecturer of Critical Research Seminar at Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.



Guest at Escuela de Arquitectura Pontificia Universidad Católica (CL), Escuela de Arquitectura Talca (CL), Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo Universidad de Chile (CL) and Campus Creativo Universidad Andres Bello (CL).




WORKSHOPS



September 2020


Bodies in dispute: virus, confinement and connectivity


Co-organizer Aparición #3 of La Escuela Nunca y los Otros Futuros.




March 2020


Techno-natures in dispute: infrastructures, bodies and fluids


Co-organizer Aparición #2 of La Escuela Nunca y los Otros Futuros at Centro Cultural España, Santiago, Chile.




January 2020


The Street in dispute: monument, infrastructure and multitude


Co-organizer Aparición #1 of La Escuela Nunca y los Otros Futuros at Taller Girardi, Santiago, Chile.



2019


Co-designing Common Spaces

Workshop with the MA Situated Practice cohort for the Hastings Refugee Buddy Project at De La Warr Pavillon, East Sussex, United Kingdom.


August 2015 


The Headquarters

UDLA Architecture School, Santiago, Chile. Principal Lecturer of an experimental workshop of Design and Building, with TOMA



July 2014

Collaboration in the Construction of Temporary Spaces


Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. Research Leader with Pablo Brugnoli and TOMA


March 2014 
Territorial Reorganizations


Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. Research and Construction of Temporary Spaces at Diana Cultural Center, Santiago




EXHIBITIONS



August 2016


Never Discuss Politics at Home


Installation at “Occupied” exhibition in RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. With TOMA.




October 2015


Especulópolis

Research and Installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, EEUU. With TOMA.



August 2015


Geometric Flood


Public intervention at SiTELAB-Rumsey St Project, Grand Rapids, Michigan, EEUU. In collaboration with artist Tomás Rivas.



July 2015


Grand Prix


Installation at Die Ecke Gallery, Santiago, Chile. In collaboration with artist Tomás Rivas.




AWARDS



2019

Graduated with Distinction from Master Situated Practice, University College London, London, United Kingdom.




2018

Grant for studying a Master Degree from CONYCIT, Chilean Government.




2017

Graham Foundation Grant in New Media, Chicago, EEUU. Winner project: Never Discuss Politics at Home, the TV Show.




2016

Ideas City. Athen, Greece. Participation with TOMA in the international residence program.




October 2015

Participation with TOMA in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, EEUU. Project funded by the Grant from the Consejo de la Cultura y las Artes, Chilean Government.




May 2014

Finalist project, Young Architects Program - Moma PS1, Santiago, Chile. With TOMA.




March 2014

Research grant, Annual Research Contest, Finis Terrae University. With TOMA.








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