Brooklyn-based design firm Harrison Atelier creates pavilions, installations, and performances, in which the audience is invited to resist ready interpretations of complex phenomena resulting from the intertwining of humans and technology. Founded in 2009, its collaborative vision joins the diverse backgrounds of its founders: Ariane Lourie Harrison, an architect who teaches at the Yale School of Architecture, and Seth Harrison, a writer, designer and biotechnology entrepreneur. The organization reflects its founders’ deeply collaborative approach to creating work, traversing the borders of art, science, technology, and nature. HAt’s activities include performance design, installation design and writing exploring the “posthuman” entanglement of human, technology and nature within the built environment, with work on topics such as aging (Anchises, 2010), science, the pharmaceutical industry and the placebo effect (Pharmacophore, 2013), the industrial logic of food-animal production (Veal, 2013), and, in Species Niches, on the uses and abuses of the idea of species. Past Harrison Atelier performance-installations have taken place at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth, UK, the Arnolfini Theater in Bristol, UK, Abrons Arts Center in NYC, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, and the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. The firm has been recognized for innovative installation design (World Stage Design, 2013) and playful approaches to today’s Anthropocene conditions (Winner, Water Mogul Mansion, UCAL competition, 2012).
Writings by HAt
“Why Cosmopolitics is performed” co-authored with Seth Harrison, Cosmopolitical Design, ed. Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Albena Yaneva, (Ashgate: 2016).
“Performing an Ecology of Aging,” Dichotomy 20, OLD (2014).
"Performative Architecture in a Biosynthetic World", Volume 35, 2013
"Animal Interfaces in a Posthuman Territory," ACSA 101: New Constellations New Ecologies, ed. Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell, ACSA Press, 2013, 352-363.
"Urban Performance and Living Networks," ACSA 101: New Constellations New Ecologies, ed. Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell, ACSA Press, 2013, 471-478
"Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo," ACSA 101: New Constellations, New Ecologies Research and Design Projects ed. Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell, ACSA Press, 2013, 98.
Architectural Theories of the Environment: Posthuman Territory (New York: Routledge, 2013).
“Sustainability for Posthumans,” Global Crisis and Design: Between Anxiety and Desire (Seoul: IMA, 2012).
”Le Corbusier: Agent de Propaganda,” Perspecta 45 (2012): 101-110.
“Designing an Ecology of Aging,” Speciale Z 2 (2011).
"Parking Garage by Herzog and De Meuron," Arkitekten n1 (2011).
“Learning from Laboratories: an interview with Novartis planner Marco Serra,” Log 21, (2011).
“On Surfaces,” Log 18 (2010).
"The discrete charm of the dinner plate: a review of the YSOA Constructed Objects symposium,” Constructs Yale School of Architecture (Spring 2010).
“On Neighbors,” Log 12, (2008).
Lecture: “Luigi Moretti and Canonical Buildings,” Pratt Institute, November 2008.
Ten Canonical Buildings, by Peter Eisenman, editor Ariane Lourie (New York: Rizzoli, 2008).
Mass Produced Aura: Thonet and the market for modern design: 1930-1953. PhD. IFA, NYU. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen (2008)
“The Rooms and Walls of the City,” Something about Rooms and Walls SUPERFRONT. (2008).
“Imagined Spaces,” Imagined Spaces (Barcelona/Madrid: Il Picasso Mio, 2006).
“L’invention de l’industrial designer aux Etats-Unis,” Les Années 30 : L’architecture et les arts de l’espace entre industrie et nostalgie, ed. Jean-Louis Cohen (Paris: Editions de la Patrimoine, 1997).
Writings on HAt
"Post-Human Architecture," TREMORS III: Space Architecture, Fall 2014.
"Species Niches", suckerPUNCH, July 2014
"Inspiration in Motion", Interior Design, July 2014
"Celebrating talent from across the globe," World Stage Design 2013 Awards Talent Across Globe
"We Surrounded Them," by Andrew Boynton, New Yorker Culture Desk, Feb. 15, 2013. We Surrounded Them
"In “VEAL,” an Alternately Visceral and Beautiful Indictment of Industrial Agriculture," by Benjamin Sutton, Artinfo Blog, Feb. 25, 2013. Visceral and Beautiful
"#07 in 100 Big Ideas," Interior Design Feb. 2013 Big Ideas
"Opera, dance and industrial design in Harrison Atelier's latest show at The Invisible Dog," by Jason Thorne, Coolhunting
"Pharmacophore" by Nina Rappaport, Constructs Spring 2012, p.24 Constructs
"Pharmacophore Architectural Placebo at Storefront," Domus web at Storefront
"Pharmacophore," Collacubed, Pharmacophore
"Pharmacultural Landscapes," by Jason Andrew, Hyperallergic, Dec 6, 2011 Pharmacultural Landscapes
"The Architecture of Anchises: Burdens to Carry,” by Lindsay Roberts, ARCHITECT Magazine (January 2011). Burdens
"Top Ten Dance for 2010: Slowly Altering Expectations," by Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, December 16, 2010 Top Ten
"From a Trojan War Hero, Lessons About Aging," by Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times Dance Review, November 18 2010 Trojan War Hero
"Anchises: Intergenerational Respect," by mchughc, WNET Thirteen, Sunday Arts Blog Intergenerational Respect
"Architects Do Double Duty as Set Designers,” by Alyssa Nordhauser, The Architects Newspaper Blog (November 17 2010). Double Duty
"Eric von Kuersteiner: The Man Who Cultivates Fire Island Pines,” by Steve Weinstein, NoiZe Magazine (August 12, 2009).
Dramaturgy Partnership for “Replica,” Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham. CPNAS, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of the Sciences, 2009.
“Constructive Practice: Light/Heavy Library Wall,” by Kathryn Dean, Constructive Practices: Between Economy and Desire, (New York: Columbia University GSAPP) 2008.
“On Madrid: Arquitectura ‘Made in USA’,” La Guia de El Pais. Para Conectare a la Ciudad, no. 017.