Apartments (detail), 2010
Pyrex Glass; Free-blown
Photo: Michael Tolke
Known for their engaging reinvention of objects and large scale installations, design collective El Ultimo Grito’s more recent work has directly questioned cultural and social preconceptions. Their work considers how contemporary culture incorporates, re-uses and re-interprets the systems and structures that it has inherited. Within this context the challenge is to create new objects, which can be disentangled from our conventional understanding of the world, and thus offer alternative ways to live, work and communicate.
This new direction is embodied in Apartments, which is part of a group of large blown glass installation pieces exploring architectural archetypes, created in collaboration with master glassblowers in Germany. El Ultimo Grito use the flexibility and fluidity of glass to explore new ways of living.
ROBERTO FEO and ROSARIO HURTADO are the Post Disciplinary studio EL ULTIMO GRITO.
Founded in 1997, their work materializes through commercial projects as well as through exhibitions and educative enterprises for which they have collaborated with companies, institutions, galleries and museums such as Selfridges, Budwiser, Hugo Boss, Bloomberg, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, British Airways, Marks & Spencer and Lavazza amongst others. Their work is part of the permanent collections of museums like the MoMA (USA), the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK) and the Stedlijk Museum (NL).
Roberto Feo lectures at the Royal College of Art, Rosario Hurtado lectures at Goldsmiths and the Royal College and together they are Senior Research Fellows at Kingston University 2006 and have been Guest Professors at HFBK in Hamburg.