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Alexander Schweder FAAR

Alexander Schweder, FAAR

Alexander Schweder

Queens' College

Research Area: The Subject of Architecture: Performed Renovations and Psychological Space

Supervisor: Koen Steemers


Alex Schweder works with architecture and performance art to complicate the distinction between occupying subjects and occupied objects. These projects include 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, Flatland at New York’s Sculpture Center, Its Form Follows Your Performance at Berlin’s Magnus Muller, A Sac of Rooms All Day Long at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Counterweight Roommate in Scope Basel, Roomograph at the deCordova Museum, and The Rise and fall in the Marrakech Biennial.  The Pollack Krasner and Graham Foundations have funded his projects.  He is a three-time artist in residence at the Kohler Company and was in residence at the Chinati Foundation and American Academy in Rome. Schweder has been a guest professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Pratt Institute, The New School, the Architectural Association, and the Institute for Art and Architecture in Vienna.

Key Publications

“Performance Architecture”, Le Journal Special’Z, Lamis Bayar ed., Paris, France, 2012

“From Program to Performance”, POST Magazine, London, United Kingdom, 2012

“Performance Architecture”, in Urban Interior, Rochus Hinkel (ed.), Germany, Surbuchverlag, 2011

Space, Time, Performance, Creative Cowboy Films, Australia, 2011

Exhibit Architecture, Log, Cynthia Davidson and Tina DiCarlo (ed.), Fall 2010

“Stalls Between Walls, Segregated Sexed Spaces”, in Ladies and Gents: Gender and Public Toilets, Olga Gershenson and Barbara Penner (eds.), Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2009