DAD Guardians: announcing Gabor Stark


In December 2020, as part of developing DAD’s organisational structure, DAD appointed 8 Guardians: Helen Lindon, Colin Priest, Alice Bryant, Gabor Stark, Charles Holland, Richard Bundy, Simon Bill & Edda Salander-Jones. Their function is summed up in the term ‘guardian’ and the means is through a non-formalised structure where each, as well as helping steer DAD, can continue working on projects with DAD.

We will be profiling the DAD Guardians through January, February & March 2021:

“Ten years on from my very first collaboration with DAD, I’m honoured and excited to take up this new role. I’m looking forward to joining forces with the directors and my fellow Guardians, and to continue being part of DAD’s ever-growing network of projects, places, and people.” Gabor Stark

Gabor Stark is an urbanist, educator, and artist.

After studying architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Glasgow School of Art he co-founded the Berlin-based practice tx – büro für temporäre architektur together with Ines-Ulrike Rudolph. Since 2000 tx has been working for public clients on realisation and research projects that focus on temporal and programmatic aspects of urban transformation processes.

Gabor taught architecture and urban design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and the TU Berlin prior to joining the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury in 2007. At UCA Gabor initiated and led the MA Urban Design course, and now convenes the Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) programme at Canterbury School of Architecture. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In his art practice, Gabor explores the liminal space between architecture, art, and urban space. Varying in terms of their respective contexts, formats, and durations, all of Gabor’s projects are rooted in the concepts of site-specificity, collaborative place making and the activation of the civic urban realm. He has realised projects, and published, exhibited, and lectured about his work in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Russia.

In collaboration with DAD, Gabor has realised several public art projects in Dover. In 2017 he completed The Friendly Army, a WW1 commemorative sculpture project with the East Kent Railway Trust in Shepherdswell and Eythorne. Gabor conducted the Space Standards artist walk for the Chalkup21 Art & Architecture Coastal Trail in 2018. In the same year, he held an artist residency at Kearsney Abbey as part of the Art in the Park: Kearsney Interpreted project. In 2020 he was appointed by The Land Trust to work on the realisation of his proposal for an archaeological shelter and communal gardening area at the West Wing Battery at Fort Burgoyne. More recently he, his colleagues, and students at UCA collaborated with Dover Arts Development on the A House for DAD project.

As he shared with us for the DAD Artists at Home series, Gabor started to expand his practice through the exploration of sound during lockdown no.1.You can listen to his sonic portraits and music for voices on his SoundCloud. Gabor is currently working on several sound art projects. The sound sculpture Peripatetic Landscapes, a collaboration with Emilio Koutsoftides, will be exhibited in the Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale from May to November 2021.

Feature image is Gabor Stark reflected in a Dan Graham sculpture