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Speak! Listen! Act!









Strauss Gallery,  Dartmouth College,  Hanover  NH   From September 20 through November 13, 2016, the Strauss Gallery presents Speak! Listen! Act! A kaleidoscope of architectural elements for public space, an exhibition of 20 projects by Zenovia Toloudi and students. Public space has been vital to people and cities since ancient times as the designated space for dialogue, participation, collective activities, interaction and exchange, and essentially democracy. However, due to various social, political, and economic complexities, as well as technological advancements, public space has gradually transformed to less open, less democratic, less comfortable, less enjoyable, less “ours.” From one hand, codes, policies, and regulations reinforce limited use and accessibility, uncomfortable surfaces and furniture, and ubiquitous surveillance.









From the other hand, the web culture has absorbed much of the dialogue and participatory practices that now occur more often in the digital realm. Public space is essentially not so “public” and not so “spatial.”Speak! Listen! Act! exhibition and research presents a taxonomy of projects at the intersection of architecture, art, and urbanism, investigating how design can act as agency to instigate or reinforce for the public a series of actions, such as communication, interaction, collaboration, playfulness, and empathy. Speak! Listen! Act! projects emphasize the presence of adaptive structures, the actualization of tectonics of democratization, and the materialization of playful micro-tectures.








The opening reception for Speak! Listen! Act! will be held on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 5:45pm, and a gallery talk on Saturday October 29, 2016 at 2pm. The exhibition and the events are free and open to the public. For more information please visit:








Exhibition Projects:

Micro-Ceasefire Under Shadow, Zenovia Toloudi
Blanket, Zenovia Toloudi
Modular Tectonics, HAEF design-build workshop
Poly-Platform, Magda Billis
REimagining the SCAR, Katherine Mendez
A World of Spectators, Nicholas Dyer
Parrhesiastic Play, Zenovia Toloudi
The Theater of Moving Furniture, Caitlin Horan
Free See Saw, Zenovia Toloudi
Collective Multipurpose Furniture, Jake Weed
Street Warrior, Adenrele Adewusi
Solitent, Zakios Meghrouni-Brown
Spiral, Zenovia Toloudi
Pop-up IC-cream Store, HAEF design-build workshop
Fan, Zenovia Toloudi, Maria Stefanidis
Agora Display, WIT Athenian Agora Studio
Optical Ruin, Matthew Rowell
Urban Venetian Blind, Zenovia Toloudi, Maria Stefanidis
The Cage, Zenovia Toloudi, Maria Stefanidis, Chrysa Lekka
Converse/Construct, Patrick Brady

About the Artitst:

Zenovia Toloudi is an architect, artist, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. She has received a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard GSD, a Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) – as a Fulbright Fellow, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). In 2000, Zenovia founded Studio Z, a research and creative practice for architecture, art and public space. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Venice Biennale, The Lab at Harvard, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, and Athens Byzantine Museum. Zenovia has created public art for numerous buildings in Boston, including the Lansdowne Street Garage Parking, MIT Stata, New England College of Optometry, and for the campus yard of AUTh, and the entrance of Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth. Her work belongs to permanent collections such as AUTh’s Sculpture Collection, and Threcian Pinacotheca. Zenovia has presented in conferences such as The Right to Architecture, International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Atmospheres-Tomorrow, Atmos, Connections (MIT Media Lab), Design Computing and Cognition, and the MIT Energy Night. Her essays have been published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, MAS Context, WAr, and proceedings of ACSA 104 and 101, ICSV17, SIGraDi 2010 and 2008, and the 1st International File to Factory Symposium. She has co-curated the exhibition Made in Greece Plus at the Boston Museum of Science, and organized many academic events including Brain.Storms, Inspire Japan; Critical Digital conferences. Zenovia has also taught at Harvard, MIT, IIT, AUTh, WIT, BAC, and Hellenic American Educational Foundation.

For more information please visit:


Strauss Gallery
Tuesday-Saturday: 12:30-10:00 pm
Sunday: 12:30-5:30 pm
(603) 646-3651

HOP Hopkins Center of the Arts
4 East Wheelock Street
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 646-2422

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