Pavillon 27 – Prof. Michael Stevenson is a practical art course at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg with an emphasis on making and understanding objects and our relations with them. The class foregrounds a research based and materially dedicated approach to the practice of art across a broad range of sculptural mediums; wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, fabric, film, performance etc.
Material and process are the basis of artistic production; when they come together in ways that are fresh and strange in an artwork something intrinsically new is produced, and this in turn creates space for new comment and understanding.
The class also functions as a think tank, we most recently have concentrated our discussions and activities on automation, human-machine communication and learning in practice.
Our program of guest artists, curators etc. to date includes; Sofia Hultén, Anthea Hamilton, Simon Starling, Tacita Dean, Annika Eriksson, Gabriel Kuri, Morgan Fisher, Simon Denny, Chris Evans, Sam Durant, Will Holder, Michael Taussig, Raimundas Malašauskas, Maria José De Abreu, Rhea Dall, Joel Mu, Kris Dittel, Maria Loboda. Some of the activities we have done together include, exhibition making, workshops, film screenings, performance along with individual and group discussion of student work.
The class also travels to exhibitions as well as sites of industry and technological process and production. Regular exhibitions are made by the class at the Akademie Galerie and artworks in both their finished and progressing states are discussed in the pavillon each week.
A castle is a symbol of wealth and privilege. Its walls - the protective mass of enclosure - calm the nerves of those inside. An SUV is a castle, every Disneyland is a castle, this iteration of Europe is a castle.
Pavilion 27 deals with the (im)possibilities of site-specific ways of working in digital space as part of Local Area Network. With the help of photogrammetry software, various details of the historical site of the Zeltnerschloss in Nuremberg's Gleishammer district are transferred into a rendered relief, which serves as a support structure for individual projects that use this very location as a conceptual or physical anchor point.