Co-founded by Benjamin Reynolds and Valle Medina, Palac-e is a collaborative practice that speculates and reacts to states of culture, space and economy.
The exhibition contains excerpts from a location situated remotely from a city, where norms are incomparable to ours, but no less substantiated by a will to progress, hindered by violence and a need to share. The location, founded upon ancient customary practices and fulfilled by a technically proficient contemporary, will be honoured in the space by a moving image, three large installations and drawings.
The “Highest Good” refers to the physical and performative goals of such a place to which its people aspire.
The newly produced body of work adopts an alternative way to navigate the gallery by the addition of a partition and by reducing natural light. In this arrangement, one enters the space which prepares the "palette" of the eye in order to access other temperaments at show.
Throughout the exhibition the production of a publication will take place entitled "Zenith Boil", derived from creation of an artefact that makes measurable atmospheric changes.
Opening 07.12.2018 at 7pm
Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds founded Pa.LaC.E, a Basel-based group that explores spatial and temporal breadths of history and geography to conceive of environments and phenomena that are often cartographic, virtual and built. They are currently directing a studio entitled CHRONOCOPIA at the Royal College of Arts, London and are visiting professors at the Department of Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics (ATTP) at the Vienna University of Technology leading the studio “Dom Gross”.
Valle Medina was a former Geisendorf fellow at the ETH Zürich D-ARCH, where she graduated summa cum laude from the Chair of Computer Aided Architectural Design. Benjamin Reynolds received a diploma with honours from the Architectural Association, London, where he lead a diploma class for four years.
They have been fellows at the Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL) and OMI (New York, US) and residents at Bibliothek Andreas Zuest, (Oberegg, CH) amongst others and are recipients of international prizes including the 50th Annual Central Glass Award (Tokyo, JP) and the Natian Cup (Suqian, CN). Their work has been shown at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (ES), the Boston Centre for the Arts (US), Basis voor Actuele Kunst (NL), and Van Abbemuseum (NL).
Their first major monograph—Paris Hermitage—was recently released with Cooperative Editions (New York).