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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

10 April – 6 September 2009

Collaboration with MOS Architects. Curated by Alessandro Vincentelli


At the time of this exhibition, the demolition of Gateshead’s Brutalist carpark designed in 1967 by Owen Luder was about to begin and grassroots movement to protect the structure was gaining steam. In the second floor gallery of the museum an unstable styrofoam block stack was built using software developed by MOS architects. The software generated stack designs according to the stability variable. The goal of the project was to negotiate with the museum administration the percentage of risk that the museum was prepared to take displaying the object, knowing that the goal of the structure is its potential performative collapse.


Images and artwork are courtesy of the artists and Galerija Gregor Podnar.

Tobias Putrih Studio & Workshop

Tobias Putrih, Aleš Korpič, Jure Mežek & STRID fabricators


We develop materially ephemeral settings and objects designed to engage utopian ideas in art, architecture and design by incorporating everyday materials and forms of play and participation. From make-shift modifications of public and semi-public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries—to constructing temporary environments and objects, works are products of precisely specified processes while also responding to their sites. Many of  spaces and objects are activated—meant to be moved and inhabited, privileging play and bodily engagement. Artworks become proposals, maquettes, or models—exploratory assertions of radical possibilities.


Tobias Putrih C.V.


  • Book published by JPR & Neuberger Museum (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Centre Pompidou (Amazon)
  • Catalog by MIT List Visual Arts Center (Listart)
  • Catalog by Galeria Civica (Amazon)
  • Catalog by Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Haus Konstruktiv)