Highly Value Engineered

Exhibition / Objects

2019

Berlin / Los Angeles


The collection of objects in Highly Value Engineered (HVE) occupies the space between architecture, sculpture, and decoration. This objects emerged from an obsession over a failed lobby remodel plagued by value engineering (VE), or colloquially put, “cost-cutting”. The exhibition construes cheapness to include mass-produced construction readymades and speculates on the viability of architecture within an arena of frugality and minimal means. Relieved of their functional singularities, these estranged readymades undergo dissident procedures that override their use-value. Staged as objects of aesthetic contemplation, the exhibition attempts a revealing of the elusive beauty of these readymades and other immaterial peculiarities they may possess.