Professor of Architecture Gabriel Feld’s First Move as EHP Chief Critic

By Amy Long | Oct 11, 2014

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The exhibition “Scherzi sulla Centuria” was shown at the Temple University Gallery of Art in Rome from September 24 through October 9, 2014. In concert with RISD and Temple University students, Professor Gabriel Feld installed a series of visual studies and explorations using Post-It Notes and other common office materials.

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Gabriel explains:

“The installation of the show was a great experience.  Fast and furious! Or as they say here, “cotto e mangiato” (cooked and eaten). We got to the gallery at 10:00 a.m. in the morning, established the general layout and began to work right away. 

I started each piece so there were some patterns for the students to follow, but they had to keep making decisions, deal with the center and the edges, choose colors, etc. By the middle of the day I felt like an orchestra conductor – which relates back to the term “scherzo” (a lighthearted musical composition). There was quite a bit of improvisation as we went along. By 6:00 p.m. we called it a day and went out for gelato.”

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In the Roman infantry,  a centuria was a unit of 100 infantry men. Each legion contained 60 centuriae (6,000 infantry men). This system developed from the Roman tribal system and was later manipulated by Roman generals. The infantry of the legion were configured in manipuli, or double companies, which were comprised of two centuriae which made it easy to extend or reinforce the lines as tactical needs demanded.

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This tactical flexibility is immediately apparent in the “Scherzi sulla Centuria” which play with numbers of units, colors and configurations to create malleable but highly ordered systems on the wall.

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The idea of jest is inextricable from both the work and an experimental mode of working which both privileges quick study and subverts the order of the end result.

Gabriel Feld is Professor of Architecture at RISD. He has been appointed as the Chief Critic of the European Honors Program (EHP) in Rome for the 2014-2015 academic year.


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