August, 2019

#SYNCHRONICITY - The Social Territories of a Warming World
Exhibition at 18th Street’s Airport Gallery, August 12 - September 14

The exhibition in 18th Street’s Airport Gallery explores concepts of mobility and spatial justice and is composed of a series of artworks and proposals generated from The Winter Office’s ongoing artistic research into warming world design. Over six months from April to September 2019, our group has focused on cultural organizations and their urban environment/infrastructure within the Los Angeles Metro area and the City of Santa Monica to ask, how much of the city can such organizations transform or develop (beyond climate adaptation), in collaboration with the communities they serve and within the social fabric that surrounds them? The installation, created in dialogue with a concurrent presentation by the collective at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, examines collectivized strategies toward a just, resilient, and pluralistic city that would foster the uses, styles, and forms of mobility that diversify access to a landscape embedded with multiple and varied arts organizations.

Program schedule

July, 2019

Public Program and Podcast Series

TWO is producing a series of public conversations on non-ideal theories of art, collaborative design, and spatial justice in the 21st century city. This public program is part of the exhibition Non-Perfect Dwelling at the Armory Center for the Arts. In the center of this exhibition is a working Podcast studio that functions as a public speaking environment where urgent paradigms and contexts emerging from the climate crisis will be explored. These conversations, collectively entitled 'The Social Territories of a Warming World', will be produced as podcasts and made available online. This special program of the exhibition 'Non-Perfect Dwelling' will be moderated by TWO in collaboration with The Armory Center for the Arts and 18th Street Arts Center [where a second version of this table will be installed in August].

June, 2019

A collaboration with Sunrise & Extinction Rebellion Movements

The Winter Office has invited local Los Angeles representatives of the two leading climate change movements, Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion, where each through various actions is bringing critical attention to the climate crisis in a much needed global context. Each movement is also founding protest and action groups in various cities throughout the world. Members from each movement will participate in a workshop to silkscreen print 28 flags (with black ink on rice paper) and through the process participate in a dialogue around the convergence of global climate change action and goals. To this end, members of both movements will meet, collaborate, and talk through the printing of each other’s movement symbols at Metabolic Studio’s Silkscreen Workshop in Los Angeles. The flags will be installed at TWO’s upcoming show at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

June, 2019

Summer Exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts in collaboration with 18th Street Arts Center

TWO is working towards the opening of the summer exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. TWO will present new works that engage the challenges facing our communities due to the climate crisis – including rising housing inequality, economic displacement, house-lessness, and environmental disaster. The work will be produced at 18th Street Arts Center – where through a special collaboration between arts organizations – the group has been offered 18thSAC Gallery as the groups main studio in addition to an artistic residence in the same Santa Monica location. The essay-exhibition, called Non-Perfect Dwelling which will be installed at the Armory, will bring together wildly different time scales and references, including comic book anti-hero Bizarro, ancient ammonite fossils, futuristic holograms, and an operational podcast studio. In order to create an environment where urgent approaches to dwelling and cohabitation can be imagined and/or planned.

June, 2019

Pico Block Party at 18th Street Art Center

Table reading of the script based on passages from Frantz Fanon's WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, at 18th Street Art Centers Main Gallery, June 1, 2019, 3-6pm, as part of the Pico Block Party.

TWO will be producing a small one person art performance-play through the character of BIZARRO, who is part of the Superman Universe (DC COMICS). Bizarro is from an alternate reality. And as such, this art performance is a gender, class, creed and race fluid artwork; where we are looking to make a critical document dealing with the state of a warming world as the character aims to understand it and through the reading or ‘recitation of selections’ from Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.

This performance work will be featured in a performance at the Armory Center for the Arts as part of our Summer exhibition, 2019.

18th Sreet Arts Center

April, 2019

April 1 – September 29, 2019

THE WINTER OFFICE has been invited to a special research-based artistic residency at 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles. Where TWO´s participatory and spatial research methodologies will be used to study the historical and contemporary uses of built space and the immediate urbanism surrounding this non-profit arts organization. TWO´s goal is to produce an urban planning document that proposes new responses to the urban and environmental complexity in which 18th Street is embedded into, not only to consider and propose new routes for the spatial programs of its future architecture, but also to co-evolve 18th Street’s impact on the cultural fabric of Santa Monica.

Members of TWO who will be participating in this sixth month residence are: Ida Elisabeth Jensen, Visual Communication and Graphic Designer; Lise Grüner Bertelsen, Curator and Writer; Gro Sarauw, Artist; and Rasmus List Thomsen, Architect; in addition to other members who will join the group in shorter visits throughout the residence period.

SixtyEight Art Institute

December, 2018

December 5, 2018 – April 5, 2019

TWO will hold a temporary work space at SixtyEight Art Institute, and will be organizing several interventions at SixtyEight. The outcome of the residency will lead to the production of various knowledge-based products and artworks, some of which will be included in future exhibitions or made available for SixtyEight Art Institute, and the public in general.

EASA Lectures 2017

Septemper, 2017

Talk by Gro Sarauw at the European Architecture School Assembly.

Gro Sarauw has been invited to speak about her role as an artist, architect, and organiser of a union for young artists, curators and critics in Denmark.

In moments of wishful collective thinking, we speak of deep space and time, but we are not able to act in depth of spectres of these crises. We may be able to visualise and describe in words what global crises call for, as is evident in much contemporary art that must, in order to be contemporary, capture this moment - as these crises are the only things that matter - as if the multiple global crises is being unified to one single universal art project.

Alongside presenting her role working with THE WINTER OFFICE Gro Sarauw’s paper/presentation also speaks of her ongoing artistic research seeking to redefine our approach to contemporary art and the way that knowledge is distributed, by examining ongoing practices in which technological articulation and thinking holds a progressive — if not revolutionary potential. As a result of this research, conducted particularly during a time when arguably we are facing the ‘end of the art school’ as we know it, she proposes an alternative ‘art school’: a ‘re-engineered’ version.

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June, 2017

PhD Dissertation (doctoral thesis), Camilo Andrés Montoya Pardo.

TWO is pleased to announce that Camilo A. Montoya Pardo received his PhD from UCM in Madrid, Spain on the study of urban planning and citizen participation policy in three major European cities. This thesis was submitted in Spanish. Below the image is an English abstract introducing his doctoral research.

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June, 2017

Talk by Hugo Hopping at Aalto University in Lahti and Helsinki.

The talk was presented at The XIIth IIAA International Summer Conference on Environmental Aesthetics organized in Collaboration with the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University in Lahti and Helsinki.

This presentation argued that city ordinances against dwelling in public space (i.e. loitering laws) historically, and recently, have enabled the use of (North American) cities for a select few, and of course, not allowing new urban dwelling imaginations to form. Examining how anti-loitering laws visualize human beings as "polluting bodies" and how these negative visualizations pragmatically and preemptively reject physical-humanistic discourses for the use of space. The paper further argued that understanding planned dwelling as a philosophical tool for developing public space, could lead to new and more inclusive spatial regeneration - for the built environment - and especially as a tool to help shape the use of a post-knowledge economy through warming world design.

Akademisk Arkitektforening

October, 2016

Gro Sarauw and architect Anne Romme at Akademisk Arkitektforening.

Gro Sarauw in conversation with architect Anne Romme will talk about how to practice unconventionally, both as an artist or architect, through teaching or organising; and through a combination of these roles when designing buildings. The talk's focus will be on making up your own practice while looking at architecture from the 'outside', whether this means shifting from architecture to art, and/or allowing art to push architecture in new directions.

In addition, she will speak about directing a union for young artists, curators and critics in Denmark (UKK). Which is a union supporting an emerging and self-organized culture of young artists and entrepreneurs and the challanges it faces in a world where technology dominates social interactions (or as it enters the lives of its creative members quietly and intensely) through various forces. With this and mind, Sarauw will discuss how to access new configurations of collectivity and how this relates to what it means and how it works to 'practice' today.

Kvindeligt Forum is a forum focusing on the work by women in architecture in Denmark and beyond.

August, 2013

TWO was recently featured by WONDERLAND in their summer exhibition in Vienna.
“BEST PROJECTS” search and selection.

WONDERLAND’S wonderlab, is an urban research laboratory dedicated to the social relevance of architecture and urbanism. In this frame 30 Best Projects from 14 countries were selected out of 90 international entries. Currently they were exhibited this summer at the Arkitekturzentrum (Az W) in Vienna as an archive of current tendencies and contemporary approaches in participative urban planning and architecture. Furthermore, Wonderlab is a large-scale event aimed at promoting intensive discourse. It is an opportunity to involve a broad public in urbanism and architecture.

The project will tour Europe with Berlin (DAZ) and Kiev (CANACTIONS) as the next stops in 2014.

Supported by European Cultural Fund (ECF), Az W, bmukk, Arch+Ing, ÖBB, City of Vienna, Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands.

April, 2012


Three Danish architectural firms: Praksis Arkitekter, Arkitekt MAA Claus Harboesgaard Pryds and THE WINTER OFFICE have been selected to represent Denmark in an international exchange program called New Architects DK_UK 2012, which has been developed by The Architecture Foundation in London and in collaboration with the Danish Architectural Center (DAC) in Copenhagen.

This program has been created to develop mutual knowledge and learning exchanges and promote young architects between Denmark and Great Britain.

“The selected architects are in the jury’s opinion all excellent young professionals. They have each in their own way demonstrated that they master the complexity that lies within the architectural profession: The creation of visionary proposals, actual construction work with deep attention to detail, tectonics and texture, global outlook and a true problem-oriented approach. The jury is confident that the selected participants will be able to benefit from the opportunity to meet each other and their British peers and not the least contribute to the overall output of the project with their undisputed excellence,” so reads the jury’s reasons for selecting the three architectural firms.