Adjustments Agency is Joanna Kloppenburg and Nicholas Korody. We like to think of ourselves as freelance conceptual contractors. We're interested in redesigning the architecture of architecture — the political and economic systems, social and normative configurations, and material conditions that delimit and circumscribe architecture as thought and practice. Recently, we've been focusing on the architecture exhibition as an outmoded, economically unsustainable platform for the production and dissemination of architecture. So we're experimenting with new economic models as well as presentation strategies to try to make them work better for architects and, frankly, be less fucking boring. Find out more about this work by clicking "what".
Besides that, we do a lot of research and writing. For example, we've been thinking a lot about the historical disparagement of decorating and its relationship to the association between interior design and women and gay men.
Architecture exhibitions tend to appropriate their model from the art world, favoring representations of built or speculative practices. But unlike art, architecture has no choice but to be site-specific: it is its context. If architecture is a spatial practice and exhibitions typically occur in the three-dimensional world – why shouldn’t a work of architecture work in these spaces? We believe an exhibition of architecture is architecture (or at least can be).
More importantly, within a model borrowed from a different market, architects have little to gain from exhibiting their work. Their speculations will remain unrealized and their pockets remain empty. There are few collectors of architectural representations in the world, and little incentive to invest in practice with no chance of return. Architects aren’t artists, and their work doesn’t accrue value in the same way.
Social capital, if generated at all, tends to be disproportionately allocated to curators and hosting institutions. And these curators, infected by the art world’s desire for an ecclesiastical purity, attempt to immunize themselves from the "dirtiness" of the economy in order to construct some "pure space" for conceptual revelation (while cashing checks from CitiBank). Architecture can never be isolated from the economy. Space and capital are linked, now more than ever.
In short, the architecture exhibition as it exists today is outmoded, just as architecture’s reliance on a patronage model for funding leaves the field increasingly irrelevant. Architecture can only regain agency through redesigning its relationship to the economies in which it is embedded. We believe the exhibition can serve a crucial role in presenting and advocating architectural ideas to a greater public and hopefully help architects fund, manage, and realize their own projects.
Check out our ongoing exhibition project HOMESHOW here, or invest in it here