Raurouw, “Shock Control Regression Adaptation,” 2010. Exhibition view at PROGRAM, Berlin. Courtesy PROGRAM
PROGRAM is a nonprofit project aimed at testing the disciplinary boundaries of architecture through collaborations with other fields. Initiated in 2006, by Carson Chan and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, PROGRAM provides a discursive platform for artists, architects, critics, and curators to explore ideas through exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, and residencies. PROGRAM intends to enrich and broaden the definitions of architecture, and to challenge traditional, domesticated modes of architectural practice and representation. Developing each project independent of an overarching agenda, PROGRAM strives to diversify the ways we understand and make architecture. Central to the project is the ability to engage in discourse with emerging creative processes that activate the space between pure theoretical research, professional praxis, and architecture’s social role.
Occupying the ground level of the former Russian Hotel Newa, PROGRAM’s location in Berlin includes an exhibition space, offices, a reading room, studio spaces, and a residency.