Curated by Greg Lynn, Complexity and Convention is the third and final exhibition of the CCA’s Archaeology of the Digital program, in which twenty-five seminal projects are collected, catalogued, preserved, and made available for research. The project constitutes a precise inquiry into the relationship between architecture and digital technologies in order to increase understanding of the design process while addressing the challenges of preserving digital archives and ensuring their future accessibility.

Archaeology of the Digital is a long-term, multifaceted project initiated by the CCA in 2012 and led by Greg Lynn that reflects on how digital technologies have progressively redefined architectural practice and reshaped architectural theory. The project is comprised of in-depth research into digital architecture and a historical reading of its trajectory from early experiments in the 1980s to the early 2000s.

The research has resulted in a new acquisition strategy for born-digital material and the formation of a digital archive composed of 25 key projects designed by some of the protagonists central to debates during the period in question. Each of the projects represents particular theoretical directions and technological experimentation that have influenced recent architectural history.

The exhibition is on view in the main galleries until 16th October 2016.

Greg Lynn in the exhibition galleries of  "Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention", Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, 2015.

Greg Lynn in the exhibition galleries of “Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention”, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, 2015.

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