Art Omi Presents

Virtual Conversation Series

Launches January 20


Borders, Identity and Constructs in Architecture

Explores the Work of Art Omi:

Architecture Residency Program Alumni

Dream the Combine, Columbus Columbia Colombo Colon. Photo: Hadley Fruits

In conjunction with its 30th anniversary,

Art Omi announces Art Omi Presents,

a new conversation series exploring

contemporary arts and architecture.


The series launches on January 20, 2021 with

Art Omi Presents: Borders, Identity and Constructs in Architecture. 


Led by Julia van den Hout, Art Omi: Architecture  Curator and Residency Program Director, the conversation features Miguel Braceli presenting Here Lies A Flag; Dream the Combine presenting Columbus, Columbia, Colombo, Colón; and BASE Studio presenting Flocking Tejas. All alumni of the Art Omi: Architecture residency program, participants will present these recent projects which explore notions of geopolitical identity and systems. 

“I’m delighted to kick off the Art Omi Presents virtual series with a conversation that considers architecture in its most fundamental way—investigating how we shape the world around us, and in turn, how it shapes us,” said van den Hout.

Art Omi Presents continues through 2022, and features alumni of all Art Omi’s residency and exhibitions programs. These conversations will highlight the work, ideas, and accomplishments of the architects, artists, dancers, musicians, and writers who have found inspiration and community through their work at Art Omi. 

Future program participants include Art Omi: Artists alumni Remy Jungerman and Charlotta Kotikand, Art Omi: Music alumni Anna Jónsdóttir, Ute Voelker, and Ursel Schlicht, and Art Omi: Writers alumni Chigozie Obioma and Joseph O’Neill.

A full calendar will be announced in January 2022. Art Omi Presents virtual conversations are free to attend, with registration and more information at


L: Miguel Bracelil, Here Lies a Flag. Photo: Miguel Braceli

R: BASE studio, Flocking Tejas. Photo: Raul Betti


About the Participants

Miguel Braceli is an architect, artist, and educator. His work incorporates social practices and educational models through media such as performance, installation, video, and photography. The bulk of his work has consisted of large-format, ephemeral works in public space, performed as interventions and exhibited in countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, the United States and Venezuela.

Felipe Sepúlveda and Bárbara Barreda lead the architectural systems design research studio BASE studio, based in Chile. They develop an architecture oriented towards non-conventional geometrical, material, and spatial formulations that are able to accommodate the challenges and opportunities of contemporary life. Their methods are based on a parametric/systemic-thinking approach towards architectural design systems that are informed by both digital tools and physical prototypes; allowing for more versatile and innovative solutions, adaptable to a diversity of scales, materials, as well as programmatic, economic, and social contexts.

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers lead DREAM THE COMBINE, a creative practice, based in Minneapolis, MN and Ithaca, NY. They create site-specific installations exploring metaphor, imaginary environments, and perceptual uncertainties that cast doubt on our known understanding of the world. The work is deeply collaborative. They investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space.

Julia van den Hout is an architecture curator and editor, based in Brooklyn. In addition to her position as Curator and Program Director of Art Omi: Architecture, she is the principal of Original Copy, an editorial, curatorial, and communications studio which she founded in 2014; she also teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Architecture.

Art Omi

Art Omi presents large-scale works in nature, as well as indoor exhibitions in a 1,500 square foot gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works by artists and architects on view. Art Omi has five distinct residency programs, and a thriving education program which serves people of all ages and abilities with contemporary art and ideas in a stimulating and dynamic community. 


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