The Mies Society is pleased to partner with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to co-present Theater, a site-specific installation and series of performances by the internationally acclaimed Mexico City-based artist Santiago Borja. Debuting in conjunction with the opening of the Biennial, the program will take place in Mies van der Rohe’s recently restored Carr Chapel between October 1-4.
Installation open 11am – 5pm Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4.
RSVP required. Performances last between 30 and 40 minutes. Select desired date and time below:
Free and open to the public
Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior
65 E. 32nd Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Sited on the Mies campus of IIT at Carr Chapel—the only religious structure designed by Mies van der Rohe—Santiago Borja’s project Theatre consists of an installation and series of performances that engage this non-denominational space of worship. The installation creates a virtual space through the use of two flat elements, one suspended above the other. It comprises specially-designed petate rugs woven in Mexico. These elements respond to esoteric geometry, creating a connection in between space and belief. To activate the space and the installation, Borja is developing a site-specific performance in collaboration with an eurythmist from the Goetheanum (Dornach, Switzerland).
Born in Mexico City in 1970, Santiago Borja has a BS in Architecture by Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and an MFA by Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint Denis. His recent work is built on the intersection between art, architecture and anthropology. Recent solo projects include Sitio at Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy France; Fort Da / Sampler at the Neutra-VDL House in Los Angeles; In the Shadow of the Sun at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Divan at the Freud Museum London; and Double Halo, at the Pavilion Le Corbusier, Foundation Suisse, CIUP Paris. Forthcoming projects include Astral Bodies // Invisible Planes at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona and Thought Forms at the Sonneveld House in Rotterdam. Borja has been recipient of a SNCA-FONCA fellowship, and grants from the Graham Foundation, the Fundación Marcelino Botín and the Fundación/Colección Jumex among others.
This event is co-presented with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.