Alex Schweder

Born in New York City, 1970, Alex Schweder’s work centers on the performance of architecture by focusing not so much on a structure but the actions within it. In his own words, he is interested in “complicating the distinction between occupying subjects and occupied objects”. Schweder’s diverse body of work ranges from inflatable structures to text works; buildings that he constructs and occupies to performances that he considers renovations of existing apartments. His work is exhibited internationally including the, Wall to Wall Floor to Ceiling at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, In Orbit at the Boiler in Williamsburg, Slowly Ceiling at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennial, Performance Architecture at the 2013 Moscow Biennial, Practise Architecture at Tate Britain, Flatland at New York’s Sculpture Center, Its Form Follows Your Performance at Berlin’s Magnus Muller, A Sac of Rooms All Day Long at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Counterweight Roommate in Scope Basel, Roomograph at the deCordova Museum, and The Rise and fall in the Marrakech Biennial. The Pollack Krasner and Graham Foundations have funded his projects. He is a three-time artist in residence at the Kohler Company and was in residence at the Chinati Foundation, and a Fellow of American Academy in Rome. Schweder has been a guest professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Pratt Institute, the Institute for Art and Architecture in Vienna, and the Architectural Association in London.