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Victor Jones: Infrastructural Etiquette

Opening Reception: October 7, 7pm

Kappe Library Gallery
October 07, 2016 at 7:00pm
December 11, 2016 at 6:00pm

Infrastructural Etiquette
Sergio Musmeci + Zenaide Zanini | Potenza 1966–1976

When the Basento Bridge opened to the public in 1976, it was greeted with mixed reaction. Praised by some for its elegant shape and innovative design, the bridge was condemned by others for being overly indulgent and unnecessarily complicated.

At a time when there was virtually no substantive design conversation about infrastructure’s social value beyond utility, structural engineer Sergio Musmeci and his partner, architect Zenaide Zanini, conceived a provocative project mindful of environmental equity.

Now, as design discourse turns its attention to infrastructure’s civic and social role in cities, cultural activist Victor Jones triggers a reassessment of the Basento Bridge and how its formal “imposition” - derived from soapy film and bubbles - is not only straight to the point but affirms notions of socially-minded and aesthetically-driven infrastructure.

Jones’s mise-en-scène of artifacts and drawings alongside images by architectural photographer Hélène Binet capture a glimpse of the bridge’s daring ambition.

Musmeci Bridge underside structure

Basento Bridge, Image by Hélène Binet

Victor J. Jones is principal of Los Angeles based design firm (Fièvre + Jones) and a cultural activist. His work concentrates on socially based design with particular interest in creative practices that support the well being of individuals challenged by poverty, prejudice, and powerlessness. The relationships between architecture, infrastructure, and the urban experience play a critical role in both his creative and intellectual pursuits.

Hélène Binet is a London based photographer whose singular vision is a profound contribution to the field of architectural photography, capturing renowned contemporary and historical buildings throughout the world. As an advocate of analogue photography, she works exclusively with film. Her photographs are part of permanent collections in major museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.