Sebastian Felix Ernst lives and works in Berlin. The architect and designer is the founder of E R N S T Office for Architecture. Before this, he was one of the co-founders and members of FAKT Architekten (until 2019). His creative work lies in the area where architecture, academics and art overlap. His past research projects have focused on manufacturing, rule-based design and urbanism, as well as the problems and potential of today's global mass production, its norms and standards and its relationship with architecture.
The author and photographer Sabine Scho lived in São Paulo from 2006 to 2014 and now lives in Berlin. All of her texts are located in the area where the written word meets photography, drawing and pictures. Recent publications: Animals in Architecture (KOOKbooks, 2013), The Origin of Senses in cooperation with Andreas Töpfer (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 2015). Awards: Deutscher Preis für Nature Writing (2018), amongst others. Visiting professor at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig 2018/19.
Theresa Stroetges (Golden Diskó Ship) is a musician and sound artist and lives in Berlin. She has won residencies in France, Portugal, Lithuania and India, amongst others. She has performed her music projects Golden Diskó Ship, Soft Grid and Epiphany Now live throughout Europe as well as the rest of the world. In collaborations with performance, dance, live poetry, video, film and installation artists, she explores various ways of breaking up the conventional performance practices and blurring the boundaries between genres.
Architecture and sound installation
In battle and in architecture, gravity always wins. When 'The Boxer', an ancient bronze sculpture, was excavated on the south side of the Quirinal Hill in Rome in 1885, its subject looked 'as if he were awakening again after an extended pause of fight.' Sitting heavily on the ground, he is still waiting for his next round to begin. In contrast, the Palazzetto dello Sport built by Pier Luigi Nervi for the 1960 Olympic Games from 1,620 prefabricated elements appears to defy gravity. These two Roman icons are imagined and brought together in the form of a cupola building, twelve poems and twelve music tracks, the maximum number of rounds now permitted in professional boxing. Enveloped by a palazzettino woven from carbon bars, the boxer from the Quirinal is given a new home in an architectural sound-poetry installation that can either be seen as a cage or as a protective space, and gives rise to the question: When may I / fight again or do I / have to fight again, already?
Installation / Architecture/palazzettino: Sebastian Felix Ernst - ERNST office for architecture
Idea and poems: Sabine Scho
Music tracks: Golden Diskó Ship
Verlag Hatje Cantz has published a book and CD on the project for German Academy Rome Villa Massimo:
Haus für einen Boxer / Casa per un Pugile / House for a Boxer
by Sabine Scho / Sebastian Felix Ernst /
Golden Diskó Ship
It features an essay, poems, photographs of the bronze boxer taken inside the Palazzo Massimo, the international World Boxing Council (WBC) super-featherweight title fight in Rome in 2020, the San Lorenzo boxing club, the palazzettino and its construction, with drawings, models and historical photos of Pier Luigi Nervi's Palazzetto dello Sport from the Maxxi museum's archive, with original audio material of boxing matches and sparring sessions, and readings of poems.