Richard Unterthiner | Paolo Ferrari – Room 207


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CUTMR-RM-207-3Artist Statement

As a tableau vivant that re-enacts a past time and experience when the bed chamber functioned as site of display, as audience chamber, as symbol of power – both political and sexual – as theatre and as realm of slumbering possibility, Bed Memory aims to construct a kind of spatial choreography through which one or more visitors engage with the bed.  Becoming part of a proscribed narrative, but conditioned by the accidents of individual participation, participants experience a heightened perceptual awareness and engage in a phenomenological encounter that both creates and evokes memory. Ultimately, the bedroom becomes a space of accumulated recollections, performances of past and present, familiar and foreign, individual and collective, prosaic and profound.

Biographies

As a tableau vivant that re-enacts a past time and experience when the bed chamber functioned as site of display, as audience chamber, as symbol of power – both political and sexual – as theatre and as realm of slumbering possibility, Bed Memory aims to construct a kind of spatial choreography through which one or more visitors engage with the bed.  Becoming part of a proscribed narrative, but conditioned by the accidents of individual participation, participants experience a heightened perceptual awareness and engage in a phenomenological encounter that both creates and evokes memory. Ultimately, the bedroom becomes a space of accumulated recollections, performances of past and present, familiar and foreign, individual and collective, prosaic and profound.

Unterthiner is a recent graduate of the John H. Daniels school of Architecture at the University of Toronto where he completed a master’s thesis on Cinematic Architecture, and earned the RAIC Medal as well as the AIA Henry Adams Medal. His passion for film and art practice is something he cultivated while at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has greatly informed his academic architectural career. It is the intersection of cinema, art and design that Unterthiner aims to continue to develop in his professional practice.

A graduate and medal winner from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ferrari’s current focus as a professional designer is new concept commercial projects within an interior, graphic and architectural context. As a designer for II BY IV, he has lead numerous award winning projects ranging from retail design, restaurant and hospitality design as well as, multi-dwelling residential design. Ferrari’s current obsession has been retail design and its relevance within contemporary society. In addition to his professional design work, he is an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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