Origins was an exhibition commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts and installed in various spaces throughout the RA's home at Burlington House. As part of the RA250 programme, a number of artworks including ceiling paintings, sculptures and wall canvasses have been removed to be cleaned and refurbished. Ordinary Architecture were commissioned to create new, temporary artworks for these spaces which included the main entrance, staircase and Sackler Galleries.
The new installations reflected on the content of the absent artworks and their relationship to the pedagogic role of the RA in developing British architecture. They also drew on the various origin myths of architecure represented in the RA's collection of architectural treatise to develop a contemporary allegory of architecture.
The exhibition was divided into four main sections each of which dealt with a specific aspect of architecture: Construction, Space, Shelter, Decoration and Precedent. These elements were conceived as chapters in a book or sections of our own treatise. They related to the spaces they inhabited and together formed an episodic exhibition spread throughout the RA. The final section was a display of drawings in the RAs Architecture Space.
Origins was designed and conceived by Ordinary Architecture