ALBERTO ORTEGA-TREJO

Artist and designer based in Chicago. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow (Anti Racism and Global Architecture History)

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Gala for a Lost Future
On Public space
Performance and Videoinstallation

The Thomspon Center in Chicago is a building that faces an uncertain future and the possibility of demolition. Inagurated in 1985, it is one of the first buildings in Chicago designed with the 24/7 mentality that would shape our contemporary urban madness. Described by  critics of the time as “architecture on amphetamines”, a building that mixes government and retail under the same roof, was the place for organising a Gala for a Lost Future at Panda Express, where pieces of the building where sold in a silent auction to the public.

Thanks to Ann Lui and Shiben Banerji


Collaborator: Rula Zuhour