Patterns of Speculation

February 6–July 7, 2009

Among the leading architectural studios in Europe, Berlin-based J. MAYER H. stands out for its commitment to a high level of formal and conceptual research. Central to its experimental approach is a deep engagement with a ubiquitous yet often ignored image type: data protection patterns, such as those you might find lining the inside of bank envelopes. These patterns, which serve to conceal other information, form a fertile terrain of investigation for J. MAYER H. as the studio translates them across various media and scales. With this exhibition, SFMOMA explores a new way of presenting architecture in a gallery setting by joining images of built projects with an experiential installation that combines supergraphics, sound, and video.

Patterns of Speculation: J. MAYER H. is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design Exhibition Fund donors Ryan Associates and Steven Volpe.

Mayer H, drawing and architectural building corner
J. Mayer H, sculptural building on grass in front of reflective lake
J Mayer H, drawing and image of contemporary white house
J Mayer H, image of modern architecture building in park

J. MAYER H., data protection sample; Mensa Moltke, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007; photo: David Franck

J. MAYER H; Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark, 2007; photo: J. MAYER H. Architects

J. MAYER H., data protection sample, Dupli.Casa, near Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2008; photo: J. MAYER H. Architects

J. MAYER H; Stadthaus Scharnhauser Park, Ostfildern, Germany, 2001; photo: David Franck