Alex Schweder

Studio International: The Armory Show 2018

March 27, 2018 - Natasha Kurchanova

"A third project that grabbed attention was a remarkable performance by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, an architect-artist pair who recently came to prominence for their projects of what they call “performative architecture”, which hover between science fiction and reality and appear to test the limits of people’s adaptability to their environment."

PBS SoCal: The Armory Show

March 11, 2018 - Hari Sreenivasan with Nicole Berry

The massive Armory Show convened in New York City this week, bringing together nearly 200 art galleries from 31 countries and drawing art admirers from around the world. Hari Sreenivasan talks with Nicole Berry, the fair’s executive director, about some of this year’s notable pieces.

The Architects News Paper: Schweder and Shelley

March 9, 2018 - Drew Zeiba

At Armory week, Alex Schweder explores how buildings make us all performance artists. 

Artsy: Schweder + Shelley

March 8, 2018 - Scott Indrisek, Alexander Forbes and Molly Gottschalk Mar 7, 2018 10:34 pm

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Philadelphia Style: Schweder + Shelley

March 8, 2018 - Alexander Mason Hankin

Art Adventures: The Best and Most Instagrammable of The Armory Show

LA Times on Alex Schweder: Architecture Catches the Performance Bug

June 29, 2017 - Christopher Hawthorne

..This month Schweder - calling himself the Schweder Office of Architectural Performances, or SOAP - brought a new performance piece, "Architectural Advice for Performative Renovations," to Edward Cella Art & Architecture, the gallery on La Cienega Boulevard. It's part of a new annual show there called "Vernacular Environments," which in this edition includes work by Robert Smithson, Stephen Berens, Jennifer Bolande and Raúl Cordero, among others.

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Artforum: Alex Schweder's ReActor

April 5, 2017 - Cynthia Davidson

The rituals of domesticity have long been a focus for cutting-edge practices in both art and architecture. Examples abound: Architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio slyly subverted the politics of gender and labor underpinning household chores in their Bad Pres: Housework Series, 1993-98, which included a set of men's dress shirts pressed into bizarre shapes according to "Instructions for a Dissident Ironing"; artists Arakawa and Madeline Gins literally recalibrated the topography of the domestic landscape in their 2008 Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), which sought nothing less than to challenge humankind's acceptance of its own mortality. Over the past ten years, the artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have made a significant contribution to this ongoing and  cross-disciplinary inquiry, teaming up to test the relationships between architecture and domestic inhabitation in four performance projects, the most recent of which is ReActor, 2016, a boxcar-like-structure balanced on a single column and set on a hilltop at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. 

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Feature: New York Times Style Magazine

August 4, 2016 - Laura Neilson

"For Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, the term “artist in residence” is often a very literal one: Collaborators since 2007, the pair practice what Schweder describes as “performance architecture,” or the exploration of how inhabiting a space affects us, psychologically. So they build interesting structures, and then move in."