Petra Blaisse

Art Applied

Petra Blaisse presents her new book Art Applied in conversation with Kersten Geers and editors Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (moderated by CIVA´s artistic director Nikolaus Hirsch). Art Applied surveys the oeuvre of Petra Blaisse and her acclaimed studio Inside Outside, presenting a kaleidoscopic view of their work across interior, landscapes, and exhibition design over the course of more than three decades.

Inside Outside designs environments across a huge variety of scales, from expansive urban landscapes to intimate domestic spaces defined by soft textile walls. This comprehensive book, running to almost 900 pages, covers projects including Taipei Performing Arts Center, the Kunsthal Rotterdam, Biblioteca degli Alberi in Milan, and LocHal Library in Tilburg, as well as revelatory unrealised projects and the studio’s many collaborations, including the rich body of work they have produced with OMA since the late 1980s.


Wednesday, July 3, 2024
CIVA, Rue de l'Ermitage 55, 1050 Brussels


Opening with a collection of incisive thematic essays, this volume presents detailed accounts of projects from 1985 to the present day, accompanied by personal accounts by Petra Blaisse, partners Jana Crepon and Aura Luz Melis, and members of their team. The studio’s diverse methods and distinctive forms of expression are reflected in the book itself, whose language spans cartoonish production manuals, technical drawings, collage, photography, and scientific plant studies. Art Applied suggests countless means of intervention and inhabitation, encouraging us to strive restlessly for new ways of seeing our built environment.

Edited and introduced by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, with new essays by Penelope Curtis, Christophe Girot, Rem Koolhaas, Charlotte Matter, Fatma Al Sehlawi, Jack Self, Laurent Stalder, Helen Thomas, and Philip Ursprug. Designed by Teo Schifferli. Published by MACK.