MAP OFFICE
Laurent Gutierrez, b. 1966, Casablanca; Valérie Portefaix, b. 1969, Saint-Etienne, France. Live and work in Hong Kong.

Map Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by an artist/architect duo, who have been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary spaces using a variety of mediums such as drawing, photography, film, installations, performance, and literary texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work.
MAP OFFICE: Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix

MAP OFFICE

 

LAURENT GUTIERREZ
Born in 1966 in Casablanca, Morocco.

VALERIE PORTEFAIX
Born in 1969 in Saint-Etienne, France.

 

MAP OFFICE is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (Casablanca, 1966) and Valérie Portefaix (Saint-Etienne, 1969). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photographs, video, installations, performance and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work.

Laurent Gutierrez is an Associate Professor at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he leads the Environment and Interior Design discipline and the Master of Strategic Design as well as Innovation Design Management (IDM/MBA). He is also the co-director of SD SPACE LAB.  He is currently doing a PhD on the Processes of Modernization and Urbanization in China focusing on the Pearl River Delta region.

Valérie Portefaix is the principal of MAP OFFICE. She received her Master of Architecture degree from School of Architecture Paris-Belleville and a PhD in Urbanism from University Pierre Mendes France. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

MAP OFFICE projects have participated in major international art and architecture events including; EVENTO 2009 - 1st Bordeaux Biennale (2009); 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual (2009); 2nd Canary Island Biennale (2009); 7th and 11th Venice Architecture Biennale (2000, 2008); Prospect.1 – New Orleans (2008); 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); 10th Istanbul Biennale (2007); 52nd Venice Art Biennale (2007); 15th Sydney Biennale (2006); 1st Paris Triennial (2006); 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005); 1st Rotterdam Architecture Biennale (2003).

Their publications includes: Unreal Estates of China (2007); The Parrot’s Tale (2007); My PRD Stories (2005), HK LAB 2 (2005); HK LAB (2002); Mapping HK (2000); among many others publications on the « Made in China » phenomenon and other, related issues.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS       

2012
Atlas of Asia Art Archive, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

2011    
Runscape, Momentum, Berlin
NO LAB on Tour #2, in collaboration with Cao Fei, SCAD, Hong Kong

2010    
Runscape, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
H-Kage Foundation – City-O-Rama, curated by MAP Office, Hong Kong
Moving Sideways, Mix media installation, curated by Joseph Ng, Tang Gallery, Hong Kong

2009     
NO LAB on Tour #3, in collaboration with Cao Fei, Gallery ACA, SCAD Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Desert Islands, Mixed media installation, Goethe Institute HK, Hong Kong
NO LAB on Tour #2, in collaboration with Cao Fei, Gallery Pei Ling Chan, SCAD Savannah, Savannah, Georgia USA
NO LAB on Tour #1, in collaboration with Cao Fei, Galerie Pfriem, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France

2008    
J’aime l’argent* (*I Love Money), Mixed media installation, Goethe Institute HK, Hong Kong

2007           
Extended Territory, Mixed media installation, Cat, Goethe Institute HK, Hong Kong

2006    
Plan B, Mixed media installation, Timezone 8 Gallery, 798 Beijing, China

2004    
Territories, Mixed media installation, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

                               

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012    
Kiev Biennale, Ukraine
7th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia   

2011   
RED, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
6th Curitiba Biennale, Brazil
Guangzhou Design Biennale, China
Chengdu Biennale, China
Cabinet Voltaire, Zurich
Love the Future, Hong Kong
Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong

2010          
Print, PARA/SITE ART SPACE – FAX, Hong Kong
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM - Black Twister - Print in Contemplating the void, New York, USA
WORKSHOP GALLERY - PIXEL scroll - Print in Ming Modern, curated by Larry Wayne Richards, Toronto, Canada
GALLERY VER - Simply Enjoy the Scenary - Installation in Grid versus Chaos, Curated by Alvaro Rodriguez Fuminaya, Bangkok, Thailand

2009    
CENTRO DE CULTURA DE SAO PAULO - Unreal Estates of China - Poster in Post-it City, Curated by Marti Peran, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cat.
INHERITANCE SHENZHEN - Wills of Harmoney - Mix media installation, curated by Claire Louise Staunton, in Permanent Migrants, Shenzhen, China
2nd HONG KONG & SHENZHEN BI-CITY BIENNALE - Bloody Haze - Sculpture in BYOB curated by Marisa Yu, Kowloon West Cultural District, Hong Kong, Cat.
T.I.C.A.B – Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual - Rural Masses - curated by Stealth. Unlimited, Tirana, Albania
EVENTO 2009 – FIRST BORDEAUX BIENNIAL - TriO - La nuit desenchantée - Firework and burning structure, curated by Didier Faustino, Bordeaux, France, Cat.
SECOND BIENNIAL OF THE CANARY ISLANDS - ARCHITECTURE, ART AND LANDSCAPE - NO-STOP Island - Mixed media installation, curated by Alvaro Rodriguez Fuminaya, Espacio Cultural El Tanque, Tenerife, Spain, Cat.

2008    
PROSPECT 1 - 1st NEW ORLEANS BIENNALE - NO LAB - Mixed media installation, in collaboration with Cao Fei, curated by Dan Cameron, Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), New Orleans, USA, Cat.
11th VENICE BIENNALE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION – OUT THERE ARCHITECTURE BEYOND BUILDING - Underneath - Installation in the Italian Pavilion, curated by Aaron Betsky and Emiliano Gandolfi Venice, Italy, Cat.
7th GWANGJU BIENNALE - ANNUAL REPORT: A YEAR IN EXHIBITIONS - Final Battle - Performance curated by Claire Tancons POSITION PAPER, Gwangju, Korea, Cat.
PLATFORM PARADISE - Third Landscape - In situ installation curated by Maurizio Bortolotti, Ein Hawd, Israel.
MILAN SALONE DEL MOBILE - Death with Objects - Performance curated by Stefano Mirti (NABA), Milan, Italy.
OSAGE FOUNDATION - The Parrot’s Tale: Venice in Hong Kong - Mixed media installation curated by Norman Ford, Hong Kong, China.
CENTRE DE CULTURA CONTEMPORARNIA DE BARCELONA (CCCB) - Unreal Estates of China - Poster in Post-it City, Curated by Marti Peran, Barcelona, Spain, Cat.
1st HONG KONG & SHENZHEN BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM / ARCHITECTURE - Re-mapping HK - Installation in refabricating city curated by Wang Weijen, Former Police Headquarter, Hong Kong, Cat.

2007    
2nd SHENZHEN & HONG KONG BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM / ARCHITECTURE - Unreal Estates of China - Installation in City of Expiration and Regeneration curated by Ma Qingyun, OCT, Shenzhen, China, Cat.
2nd SHENZHEN & HONG KONG BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM / ARCHITECTURE - PIXEL - Drawings in Urban New Spectacle curated by Philip Fung, Chongqing Planning Exhibition Museum, Chongqing, China, Cat.
10th INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL BIENNIAL - Cities of Production: A Fantastic Opportunity to Experiment with Positive Capitalism - Installation in Not only possible, but also necessary: optimism in the age of global war, curated by Hou Hanru, World Factory, IMC, Istanbul, Turkey, Cat.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MoCA) SHANGHAI - Moving Personal Island from Hong Kong to China - Installation in Reversing Horizons, curated by Chang Tsong-zung & Gao Shiming, Shanghai, China, Cat.
GET IT LOUDER - Lean Planning: LEGO city - Model for Building Asia Brick by Brick, organized by People’s Architecture and Art Asia Pacific, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Cat.
52nd VENICE BIENNALE INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION - THINK WITH THE SENSES - Concrete Jungle and The Parrot’s Tale - Outdoor installation in Star Fairy, Hong Kong in Venice, Collateral Events, curated by Norman Ford, Venice, Italy, Cat.
CENTRE NATIONAL D’ART ET DE CULTURE GEORGES POMPIDOU - Cartes Postales de Chine - Postcard in Airs de Paris, curated by Valérie Guillaume, Paris, France, Cat.
CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE (CAC) VILNIUS - Territories - Installation in Pearl River City, curated by Tobias Berger, Vilnius, Lithuania
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE (SFAI) - Cities of Production - Video Installation in World Factory, curated by Hou Hanru, Mc Bean Gallery, San Francisco, USA
PARA/SITE ART SPACE - Whose Values? - Poster in Fotan Art Space, curated by Tobias Berger, Hong Kong

2006    
ENTRY 2006 - Underneath - Video installation in Talking Cities, curated by Francesca Ferguson
Zollverein Coking Plant, Essen, Germany, Cat.
BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2006 - PIXEL: Wish space and other minute areas of illumination - Mixed media installation in Zones of Contact, curated by Charles Merewether, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Cat.
INSTITUT D’ART CONTEMPORAIN DE VILLEURBANNE (ICA) - Underneath - Photo installation in 2006 recent acquisition, curated by Jean Louis Mauban, Villeurbanne, France
NETHERLANDS ARCHITECTURE INSTITUTE (NAI) - City of Production | City of Consumption - Video installation in China Contemporary, curated by Linda Vlassenrood, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Cat.
ZACHETA NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART - Territories - Installation in Pearl River City, curated by Tobias Berger, Warsaw, Poland
BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN (BIAD) - PRD Stories - Video Installation in Through Popular Expression, curated by Hu Fang, Birmingham, UK
ARCHITEKTURZENTRUM WIEN - MAP OFFICE - Projects in Wonderland, Young architecture from Europe, Vienna, Austria
LA TRIENNALE DE PARIS - LA FORCE DE L’ART - Back Home - Mixed media installation at le Grand Palais, curated by Hou Hanru, Paris, Cat.
MUSEUM HET DOMEIN SITTARD - Homes for China - Print in Through Popular Expression, curated by Hu Fang, Sittard, The Netherlands

2005    
NANCY 2005, LE TEMPS DES LUMIERES - Underneath - Mixed media installation in Future for Cities, curated by Jean Louis Mauban, Site Alstom, Nancy, Cat.
SUBSTATION ART SPACE - Homes at Junk Bay - Photo installation curated by Warren Leung Chi Ho, Singapore
THE SECOND GUANGZHOU TRIENNIAL - My PRD Stories - Mixed media installation in Beyond, curated by Hou Hanru and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China, Cat.
CITY FRINGE FESTIVA- Salons des Refusés L - Planning proposal for Kowloon West Cultural District, Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2004    
FIRST BEIJING ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE - Peeping Gary - Video installation for Hong Kong Pavilion, UHN, Beijing, China, Cat.
FRINGE GALLERY - My Chinese family - Mixed media installation, curated by Norman Ford, Hong Kong
CENTRE D’ARCHITECTURE ARC EN REVE - China Metropolis: Double face - Mixed media installation in NORD SOUTH - EAST WEST, curated by Michel Jacques, Bordeaux, France
ART STATEMENT GALLERY - SOHO - Photo installation, Hong Kong
CITY FRINGE FESTIVAL - Trading Spaces - Video installation in collaboration with Norman Ford, Map Gallery, Hong Kong

2003    
FIRST INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE ROTTERDAM (IABR) - PRD: Lean Planning, Thin Pattern - Mixed media installation in Mobility, curated by Francine Houben, Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Cat.

2001    
PARA/SITE ART SPACE - Making Private - Installation in Social Space, curated by Warren Leung Chi Ho, Hong Kong
UNION FOR INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECT (UIA) CONGRESS BERLIN - Homes for China - Prints, Berlin Congress Centrum, Berlin, Germany, Cat.
HONG KONG CITY FESTIVAL - One Square meter - Mixed media installation in Landscape, curated by Young Hay, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Hong Kong

2000    
7th VENICE BIENNALE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION – LESS AESTHETICS, MORE ETHICS - Mapping Hong Kong - EXPO ON LINE, curated by Massimiliano Fuksas, Venice, Italy, Cat.

1999
HUI’S GALLERY - Mapping Hong Kong – in Faculty exhibition, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong