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Pidgeon Audio Visual: Los arquitectos hablan por sí mismos

Florencia Álvarez Pacheco

Dec, 2021


Florencia Álvarez Pacheco



Curatorial Assistant:

Magdalena Tagliabue

Graphic Design:

Cecilia Szalkowicz, Gastón Pérsico

Studio Record:

Gonzalo Matijas

Media Programing:

Eric Sauerhering, Mathias Gatti, Renzo Torrisi


Eric Sauerhering


Mathias Gatti, Renzo Torrisi

Audio Translations:

Gustavo Diéguez, Ana Rascovsky, Lucas Gilardi, María Rodrigues Mori, Magdalena Tagliabue, Pablo Bernard, Roberto Lombardi, Juan Pablo Vacas, Leticia Virguez Lalli

Institutional Support:

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts


Ariel Nahón (sala), Javier Agustín Rojas (sala), Iván Breyter (inauguración)


Entornos Audiovisuales

"Pidgeon Audio Visual: los arquitectos hablan por sí mismos" examines the Pidgeon Audio Visual series, a collection of slide-tape talks created by Monica Pidgeon, focusing on its interface and its link to education and the publishing industry. The exhibition presents a selection of more than 200 slide and cassette presentations from the 1980s and 1990s, along with a selection of reproductions of documents from the Monica Pidgeon archive housed at the Royal Institute of British Architects that account for the process of production, edition, and distribution of talks.
The nine Pidgeon Audio Visual presentations on display are shown on three digitally synchronized slide projectors with the original English audio and Spanish dub broadcast live through an interface for mobile phones.

The exhibition features a selection of talks by Reyner Banham, Zaha Hadid, Lawrence Halprin, Kisho Kurokawa, Esther McCoy, Cedric Price, Alison & Peter Smithson, James Stirling, and Anne Tyng.

"Monica Pidgeon was the editor of Architectural Design (AD) for nearly thirty years and played a prominent role in the post-war architecture scene. While editor of AD, she realized there was a need to hear architects talk about their work. Thus, the idea of producing talks on cassettes and slides that could be distributed and sold worldwide. Pidgeon Audio Visual brought together many of the personalities that had first appeared on AD. The talks were actually an artificial construction: the speaker provided the speech and the slides, but these two media—oral and audiovisual—were rearranged by Pidgeon. Pidgeon Audio Visual programs were distributed to universities and libraries around the world. This alternative model of conferences challenged educational institutions." (Fragment of the curatorial text, by Florencia Álvarez Pacheco)

Florencia Álvarez Pacheco is an architect and curator of exhibitions that teaches at the Facultad de Arquitectura, diseño y Urbanismo, de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. She holds a Master's Degree in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP of Columbia University.