February 26th, 2021
Coming to Life

Like so many others, I’ve had a hard winter. I’ve struggled to come to terms with the loss of my lovely Dad who died on 6 November 2020, and with my sister and partner, to try and help my Mum bear an impossible sadness. It is only now that I feel able to begin to re-emerge in the world. As I do, I realise anew how lucky I am to be part of an amazing community of architectural researchers, from the colleagues, students and friends who’ve supported me with such love throughout the past months, and to those writers who’ve included my work in their great new publications. I am just so incredibly thankful!

In great company!

In response to Matthew Butcher and Megan O’Shea’s invitation to contribute a revised version of my 1999 essay ‘Undoing Architecture’ to their collection, Expanding Fields of Architectural Discourse and Practice: Curated Works from the P.E.A.R Journal (just published by UCL Press) I had the opportunity to think, again, through a piece I titled, ‘A life of its own’, about what happens when one’s own life becomes the subject of one’s writing. This was a difficult essay to write in terms of content, as it deals with a sensitive time in my life, but I really appreciated the chance the editors gave me to see how I might do this in a more exploratory way. Overall, the volume brings together some of the more uncertain and emergent research Matthew and Megan published in their architectural journal P.E.A.R between 2008 and 2018, and so I feel in great company!

Architecture and Culture Journal

I am also really delighted to have been able to participate in two special issues of the wonderful Architecture and Culture journal:

For Lorens Holm’s and Cameron McEwan’s special issue on Architecture and Collective Life, coming out of their brilliant 2019 AHRA conference, I was able to publish work from the KNOW project I’ve been working on. ‘Hotspots and Touchstones: From Critical to Ethical Spatial Practice’,  10.1080/20507828.2020.1792107, was part of a panel I convened on architecture and ethics, with a fantastic set of papers from Yael Padan, David Roberts and Camillo Boano.

And Igea Troiani and Claudia Dutson’s special issue Space to Think: The Contested Architectures of Higher Education, gave me the opportunity to look back and write a two-part reflective piece on the strike actions I had undertaken with my UCU UCL and Bartlett School of Architecture colleagues in the winter of 2018, that I decided to call ‘After the Strike?’. The question mark was apt, as we found ourselves back on the picket line for two more strikes in the time it took for me to write the paper and for it to make it’s journey through the peer review process. DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2021.1827481

Words – Before and After

Just before the end of 2020, when I was feeling particularly blue, two beautiful books arrived in the post to cheer me.

One is Helene Frichot’s and Naomi Stead’s edited collection, Writing Architecture: Ficto-Critical Approaches, published by Bloomsbury. This is a really dynamic set of essays which challenge the very essay form, accompanied by a reflective and comprehensive introduction to this field of writing practice by the editors. Helene and Naomi kindly gave me a lot of space to play with ‘how’ I wrote the prelude. ‘The ways in which we write’ situated their collection in relation to the work of earlier Canadian feminist literary critics, Tessera, who I had just discovered, and who I was delighted to discover had conducted important experimental feminist work linking theory, criticism and fiction in the 1980s.

The other book is Peggy Deamer’s Architecture and Labour, published by Routledge, which brings together for the first time a series of her important essays on this topic. Peggy’s invitation to write an afterword, which I titled, ‘The Subject of this Object’, allowed me to read deeply into the rich development of her thinking in this vital area of architectural theory.

Site-Writings on Vimeo

This almost year of on-line teaching has also encouraged me to put recordings of three previous site-writings on vimeo.

From To Miss the Desert to An Embellishment: Purdah.

May Mo(u)rn

Silver

On-line Exhibition of Site-Writing MA work from 2020

And just as we approach the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, I’d like to end by remembering where we were a year ago … and to celebrate the moving work written by students from the Bartlett School of Architecture on the Critical Spatial Practice: Site-Writing module during the April 2020 COVID19 lockdown in Refracted Sites.

September 25th, 2020
September 2020

It’s great to see the recent publication of Susannah Dickinson, Aletheia Ida and Jonathan Bean’s edited collection of essays The Unexamined, Critical Practices in Architecture and Place-Making (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2020), to which I have contributed a ‘Foreword: Critical Spatial Practice: Introductions and Adjustments’, and, ‘Postscript: From Critical to Ethical Spatial Practice’.

I had been invited to give a keynote for the related conference in spring 2018, but had had to shift to an online delivery because I needed to participate in the UCL UCU strike. I had got used to giving online talks over the past decade as I tried to reduce my carbon footprint. It has now become the way of doing conferences due to COVID19; but flying is not something I will return to, as I decided to stop flying entirely in Sept 2019 due to the climate emergency.

I am looking forward to contributing to two on-line conferences coming up in the first week of October.

Remote Practices: Architecture in Proximity organised by Lilian Chee (NUS) and Matthew Mindrup (University of Sydney) where I will discuss my new work around Selvedges.

and

Approaching Research Practices convened by Meike Schalk (KTH), Torsten Lange (TUM), Andreas Putz (TUM) and Frank van der Hoeven (TUD), where I will talk about ‘practising ethics’.

September 25th, 2020
Spring-Summer 2020

During the COVID19 lockdown in the UK Jonathan Green from Blueprint on Australian ABC Radio interviewed me about my book The Architecture of Psychoanalysis and we discussed how spaces of analysis have changed in response to the pandemic crisis. 

I was really happy when in spring colleagues Michal Murawski and David Roberts asked me to contribute to their fantastic online portal piramMMMida, a project which engages power, planet, and plague, and curated by Denis Maksimov, Masha Mileeva, Michal Murawski, and David Roberts. It gave me the chance to share a new visual work, Seven Studies for ‘A Holding’, (23 March–31 May 2020).

In early summer Lili Zarzycki invited me to write a new essay for the Architectural Review’s special issue on criticism. I contributed ‘Marginal modes: Positions-of-architecture-writing’, a piece which explores my current interest in auto-theoretical writing, and criticism that blends fact and fiction.

September 25th, 2020
Untitled

The first part of 2020 saw the publication of several works which had been in the pipeline for a while:

‘Activating Home and Work’ in Sandra Loschke’s edited volume Non-Standard  Architectural Production: Between Experience, Action and Critique, (London: Routledge, 2019).

‘Silver: A Courtroom Drama’, for Gabu Heindl, Michael Klein, and Christina Linortner’s edited collection Building Critique, (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2020). This is the transcript of a site-specific work I contributed to Justy Phillip’s and Margaret Woodward’s wonderful project Lost Rocks, alongside the fictionella Silver that they commissioned for A Published Event.

‘Sites, Situations, and other kinds of Situatedness’, Bryony Roberts (ed), Expanded Modes of Practice, Special Issue of Log. 48, (2020).

March 29th, 2019
Undoing Architecture 20 years on as part of Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance

20 years on, my 1998 essay, ‘Doing it, (Un)Doing it, (Over)Doing it Yourself: Rhetorics of Architectural Abuse’, originally written for Jonathan Hill’s edited collection, Occupying Architecture, has been republished as ‘Undoing Architecture’, in the catalogue designed by OOMK, for the brilliant feminist show, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, curated by Irene Aristizábal (Nottingham Contemporary), Rosie Cooper (De La Warr Pavilion) and Cédric Fauq (Nottingham Contemporary) (2018-9), on until 27 May at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.

https://www.dlwp.com/exhibition/still-i-rise/

March 29th, 2019
Lie of the Land

Published on the occasion of the The Lie of the Land exhibition at the Milton Keynes Gallery, 16 March to 26 May, I have contributed an essay ‘A Ramble through The Lie of the Land’, to the catalogue edited by Fay Blanchard, Gerrie van Noord and Anthony Spira.

https://www.mkgallery.org/shop/the-lie-of-the-land/

March 29th, 2019
April talks

I will be contributing to the following two conferences in the US in April:

Architecture Theory Now, 4-5 April, PennDesign

https://www.design.upenn.edu/architecture/graduate/events/architectural-theory-now-0

and

Unmentionables, 6 April, University of Woodbury Interior Architecture Department.

http://www.unmentionablessymposium.com

 

 

November 8th, 2018
Forthcoming Talks

Keynote for the Ethics in Arts, Design and Media Education, 12 December 2018, Central St Martins, UAL.

http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2018/12/12/UAL-Teaching-Platform-Ethics-in-Arts-Design-and-Media-Education/

June 9th, 2018
NEWS June 2018

ETHICS

– Home-Work Displacements
Early this year, around the time of the UCU pensions strike, I gave two keynotes, one at Rebuilding Architecture, the University of Yale in January 2018 and the other via skype, as I had to be on the picket line, at Critical Practice, University of Arizona, in February 2018. Both these talks engaged with my work on ethics, in connection to the London housing crisis, on the one hand, and fossil fuel divestment, on the other. The strike brought to my attention a new discipline ‘critical university studies’ which feels like a perfect home for this research, which is a form of constructive institutional critique, where speech acts perform as modes of critical spatial practice, documented in the form of site-writings.

https://www.architecture.yale.edu/calendar/73-rebuilding-architecture

– Ethics as Critical Spatial Practice
This week I am delighted to report that my work on ethics, along with colleagues at the Bartlett, such as Professor Mike Raco, Dr Claire Colomb, Michelle Shipworth, Dr Michael Walls, Dr Kerstin Sailer, Dr Martin Austwick, and Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou and others, has been recognised with a UCL Education Award. That our work has received this honour is in no small part due to the support of Bartlett Dean, Professor Alan Penn, and extraordinary labours of Dr David Roberts, the Bartlett’s Ethics Fellow, who had submitted this nomination (without my knowledge!).

‘Jane has been awarded for her long-term work on ethics in built environment teaching, research and professional practice and her department believes she is a real star!  Jane’s pioneering ethical inquiry inspires reflexive, supportive, creative education of the future built environment practitioners and it is precisely this sort of unsung, but vital work that merits recognition with a UCL Education Award.’

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/news/2018/jun/achievements-ucl-teaching-and-learning-recognised-education-awards

– Redefining the Social in Architecture
I will be giving a condensed version of my work on ethics, as Home-Work Displacements, as an invited speaker at Redefining the Social In Architecture, CHASE PHD Programme, ICA London, (June 2018).

https://www.ica.art/on/learning/symposium-redefining-social-architecture

SITE–WRITING

– Coming to Terms
On a recent fieldtrip to Berlin, with MA Situated Practices students, and course director, artist-architect James O’Leary, I gave a short talk called Coming to Terms, at the amazing installation Floating University, Berlin, for a series of discussions on hot-terms, connected to site-specificity, and to lexicons, hosted by Gilly Karjefsky.

https://www.facebook.com/events/358254964685176/

– L’avant coup and l’apres coup
Performance practitioners, Emily Orley and Katja Hilavaara, generously asked me to write an opening and closing to their brilliant new collection of creative critical and critical creative writings; Emily Orley and Katja Hilavaara (eds) The Creative Critic (Routledge, 2018).

In ‘Foreword: L’avant coup’ and ‘Afterword: l’apres coup’, I look back to an event I curated -writing, which brought together geographers, architects, artists, critics and writers to consider the implications of hyphenating their writing practice. This was the final event in the Architecture & series I had convened as Director of Architecture Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture from 2004-2011. I looked back on this event through the psychic lens offered by ‘l’apres coup’, and the complementary experience that André Green has named ‘l’avant coup’.

This book will launch at Critical Creative Writing, University of Newcastle, at 6pm on Wed 27 June 2018.

https://creativecriticalwriting.wordpress.com

– Practices of Care: ‘site-writing’ and its curation.
My colleague artist Dr Polly Gould, who is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Newcastle Architecture School, and alumni of my site-writing module at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL – Joe Crowdy, Joanne Preston, Rachel Siobhan Tyler and Lili Zarzycki, and I will present Practices of Care: ‘site-writing’ and its curation.

This workshop will focus on methods of ‘site-writing’ and practices of care, and, more specifically, curation. During this workshop I will introduce concepts and methods developed out of my site-writing practice, and published in Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism. Polly Gould will present ideas around curation as a practice of care, and curation of writing. Joe Crowdy, Joanne Preston, Rachel Siobhan Tyler, and Lili Zarzycki will perform, from a considered curation, their ‘site-writing’ projects, developed as part of Critical Spatial Practices: Site-Writing module, part of the MA Architectural History, and MA Situated Practice, at The Bartlett, UCL.

Whether interdisciplinary, creative-critical, autobiographical, or otherwise eccentric to the academy, these works were developed in the relational space of the site-writing seminar/workshop. Despite the dynamics of care shared in such a space, the writing nevertheless constitutes a vulnerability, or fragility.
This will provide a foundation for the second part of the workshop, which is devoted to a shared discussion of work-in-progress by its participants. Participants will also have the option of presenting their work to the group.

https://creativecriticalwriting.wordpress.com/creative-critical-writing-workshop-2018/

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/programmes/postgraduate/ma-situated-practice

HOUSING

– To unsettle: art as a reflexive verb?
Curators, Charlotte Day, Shelley McSpedden & Elise Routledge, invited me to contribute an essay for a fantastic exhibition of artworks by artists such as Jasmina Cibic, Forensic Architecture, Jill Magid and others at the Monash Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2018. I wrote the essay for Unsettlement at a time when the Windrush scandal was unfolding in the press in the contest of the UK’s ‘hostile environment’. The essay reflects on the ethics and aesthetics of acts of settlement and unsettlement: ‘To unsettle: art as a reflexive verb?’

https://www.monash.edu/muma/exhibitions/exhibition-archive/2018/Unsettlement

– May Mo(u)rn
May Mo(u)rn has been published in Chinese in a wonderful of writing and photographic works, Art and Waste, edited by Rupert Griffiths and Xinwei Zhu

http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/0tGsUECybxqe9R4AsKovTw

– review of Anna Minton’s Big Capital.
I’ve recently written a review of Anna Minton’s Big Capital (Penguin, 2017), a book I feel tells the story of London’s Housing crisis in the most visceral way possible, Anna’s mixes empirical research with encounters with people involved in the crisis from property speculators to displaced residents. See the April 2018 edition of Architecture Research Quarterly.

https://www.annaminton.com

FEMINISM

– A Feminist Approach to Critical Spatial Practice
With Despina Stratigakos, I was invited to contribute to a fascinating debate on Architecture and Feminism, curated by Chloe Loh, at University College Dublin, where led by Chloe students from across the Architecture programme have been responding to feminist texts by artworks of their own.

One of the texts they were asked to respond to was my own, ‘Only Resist: A Feminist Approach to Critical Spatial Practice’, recently published in The Architects Journal, and a reworking of earlier ideas in an essay I contributed to Lori Brown’s Feminist Practices (London: Ashgate, 2012)

https://www.architectural-review.com/essays/only-resist-a-feminist-approach-to-critical-spatial-practice/10028246.article

– Feminist Architecture: From A to Z
And a new short piece Feminist Architecture: From A to Z is on line at Edwin Heathcote’s collection of writings in and around design here

https://www.readingdesign.org/feminist-architecture-a-z

PSYCHOANALYSIS

– The Transitional Space of the Setting
One of the first places I started thinking about the relation of architecture and psychoanalysis through the transitional space of the setting, and as such a precursor to my new book, The Architecture of Pychoanalysis, is ‘Art’s Use of Architecture: Place, Site, and Setting’. This was originally written for Psycho Buildings, curated by Ralph Rugoff in 2008, and has just been republished in a beautiful collection of essays, Fifty Years of Great Art Writing, marking the 50th anniversary of the Hayward Gallery.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/blog/fifty-years-great-art-writing-hayward-gallery

https://www.ibtauris.com/books/the%20arts/architecture/the%20architecture%20of%20psychoanalysis%20spaces%20of%20transition

And I am also excited to be responding to an exquisite new publication by esteemed psychoanalyst Nathan Kravis. His new book, On the Couch: A Repressed History of the Analytic Couch from Plato to Freud, just published by MIT Press, will launch at UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies at 6pm on 22 June.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/ias-events/ias-book-launch-on-the-couch

– L’avant coup’ and l’apres coup
Performance practitioners, Emily Orley and Katja Hilavaara, generously asked me to write an opening and closing to their brilliant new collection of creative critical and critical creative writings; Emily Orley and Katja Hilavaara (eds) The Creative Critic (Routledge, 2018).

In ‘Foreword: L’avant coup’ and ‘Afterword: l’apres coup’, I look back to an event I curated -writing, which brought together geographers, architects, artists, critics and writers to consider the implications of hyphenating their writing practice. This was the final event in the Architecture & series I had convened as Director of Architecture Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture from 2004-2011. I looked back on this event through the psychic lens offered by ‘l’apres coup’, and the complementary experience that André Green has named ‘l’avant coup’.

This book will launch at Critical Creative Writing, University of Newcastle, at 6pm on Wed 27 June 2018.

https://creativecriticalwriting.wordpress.com

Forthcoming Publications

‘Condensing and Displacing: A Stratford Dream-Work’, Alberto Dumas and Anna Minton (eds) Regeneration Songs, (London: Revolver Press, forthcoming 2018).

‘Figures of Speech: before and after Writing’, Jonathan Charley (ed) Writing and Architecture (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

‘Configuring Critique’, Chris Brisbin and Myra Thiessen (eds), The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

‘Activating Home and Work’, Sandra Loschke (ed.), Rethinking Architectural Production: Between Experience, Action and Critique, (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

February 23rd, 2018
The Strike Chronicles

Daily newsletters:
The Strike Chronicle Day 1
The Strike Chronicle Day 2
The Strike Chronicle Day 3
The Strike Chronicle Day 4
The Strike Chronicle Day 5
The Strike Chronicle Day 6
The Strike Chronicle Day 7
The Strike Chronicle Day 8
The Strike Chronicle Day 9
The Strike Chronicle Day 10
The Strike Chronicle Day 11
The Strike Chronicle Day 12
The Strike Chronicle Day 13

This is a schedule of some forthcoming events around the UCU Pension Strike at UCL and the Bartlett.

For more details see

https://www.ucu.org.uk
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucu

And for the Bartlett School of Architecture
https://www.s-t-r-i-k-e.org

Mon 26 Feb
9am-12: outside 22 Gordon Street
strike-writing & sign-making
Join us to write and read words from strikes and picket lines past, present and future. Bring your favorite quotes and poems and songs to read aloud, and writing implements to pen and tweet your own strike-writing.
This will run in parallel with a sign-making session.

12:30pm
UCL UCU: Demonstration, Tavistock Square

Followed at 2pm a teach-out, organised by UCL History (Paul Mason, Catherine Hall and others)
the Building Centre in Store Street

Tue 27 Feb
10am-12: 22 Gordon Street
hedge schools and other forms of transformative pedagogy.
Join us to talk radical pedagogy, civic education and teaching to transgress!

1-3pm: Tuesday 27 Feb, UCL UCU, 52 Gower St.
David Graeber will be teaching-out followed by discussion.
David is author of Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011); The Democracy Project (2013); The Utopia of Rules (2015); and the eagerly awaited: Bullshit Jobs, A Theory.

Wed 28 Feb
9am-12: 22 Gordon Street
crit-out

BREAK//LINE will present their the union banner and manifesto, and talk about developing critiquing the trespass of capital into practice and pedagogy.

We are keen to reach out to design staff and students. So anyone with a project relating to the themes of the strike – inequality, precarity, debt, intergenerational equity, …. P

Please come along to a crit which will take place inside at the front of the foyer and on the street.

Current PhD students will talk from the street about themes civic pedagogy, participatory and performative practice relating to their research located inside the building in the PhD show.

Take up a position wherever you feel comfortable.

12 noon:
March for Education: Back Pension & Pay Strikes
Assemble Malet St, London WC1E 7HY.
uculondonregion.wordpress.com

Thur 1 March (a non-strike day)
IAS Talking Points seminar with Professor Mary Rawlinson (Stony Brook University) will be speaking on ‘Intergenerational Generativity – Toward a Feminist Ethics of Life.’
6-8pm in the IAS Common Ground; for more information see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/ias-events/ias-talking-points-intergenerational-generativity-toward-a-feminist-ethics-of-life

Events coming up

Monday 5th March 2018
From 07:30 – picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.
8:30 – 9:30 – a delegation will go to lobby the UCU / UUK talks facilitated by ACAS at RIBA HQ, 66 Portland Place.
12:00 – 13:30 strike meeting at Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street , London WC1B 3LS

Tuesday 6th March 2018
From 07:30 – picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.
11:00 – 12:00 Teach Out by UCL Laws on Blacklisting at 11am-12pm at the 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.
12:00 – 13:00 strike meeting, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street
13:00 – 13:50 Teach Out with Tariq Ali, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.

Wednesday 7th March 2018
From 07:30 – picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.
12:00 – 13:00 strike meeting, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street
13:00 – 14:50 Teach Out Caring for the City (Mike Edwards convening). Convened by Just Space, this session will have presentations and discussion on participation in planning, housing, food security, environment, as part of a new radical London Plan. ucljustspace.wordpress.com @justspace7 at 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.

Thursday 8th March 2018 International Women’s Day
From 07:30-picketing at the Quad entrance on Gower Street. The forecast is for warmer weather next week but it will be very cold in the mornings so please wrap-up warm.

10.00–: 22 Gordon St. #BodyPolitic workshop
On International Women’s Day, Thursday 8th March, Clare Farell and Miles Glyn of #BodyPolitic will join The Bartlett picket line at 22 Gordon street to host a special Solidarity-Complexity workshop.
#BodyPoltic works to encourage and facilitate others to use their bodies as a space for creative response and positive resistance; through workshops, and the re-use and re-purposing of clothing and materials.
Join #BodyPolitic at 10 am on 8th March to turn your body into space for EXPRESSION/DEMONSTRATION on 8th March. Bring your favourite or LEAST favourite jacket/garment– no further materials required.”

12:00-13:00 strike meeting, 52 Club, 52 Gower Street

13:00-14:45: Feminist teach-out, at 52 Club, 52 Gower Street. All UCL UCU members and UCL students welcome.
This feminist teach-out, (Ben Campkin convening), opens up space to bring together UCL researchers, educational practitioners and activists who are addressing precarity, inequality and protest in relation to gender and through intersectional approaches.
Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite: Women on the picket line in the miners’ strike of 1984-5
Justine Canady, Women’s Officer at UCLU: Current campaigns and activities at UCL
Bella Webb and Alizay Agha: Our Bodies: Sexual Assault & Harassment on Campus
Laura Marshall and Ben Campkin: LGBTQ+ night-spaces & safer spaces for women in London, from 1986 to the present
Sarabajaya Kumar: Intersectionality: the birth of a new non-profit organisation and our agenda for action
Maria McLintock: Between the picket lines
Miranda Critchley: Yarl’s Wood hunger strikers
Open Mic: if you would like to make a contribution to this event, through a reading, talk, poem, etc. please let us know at the start as there may be space in the programme.

Friday 9th March
13:00-14:00 formal EGM meeting next week to consider the progress of the dispute. Venue TBC. All UCL UCU members welcome.

UCU Pension Strike, Week 4, Teach-outs at the Bartlett and around the UCL Campus
 
Mon 12 March
9am-12: 22 Gordon Street Picket

10am: Museums & UCL: Teach-out.
Outside 22 Gordon Square (the entrance to STS). 
Join us to discuss the crucial roles played by museums at UCL! Speakers include: Dr. Chiara Ambrosio (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Georgina Brewis (Education, Practice & Society), Dr. Emily Dawson (Science & Technology Studies), Dr. Emma Richardson (History of Art), Dr. Marquard Smith (Culture, Communication & Media) and Dr. Alice Stevenson (Institute of Archaeology).

1-3pm: UCL UCU, Club 52, 52 Gower St.
Teach-out: Still the Enemy Within? Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners with Nicola Field, Mike Jackson and Mike Simons. (Ioanna facilitator)

3-4pm: Teach-out by Stephen Marshall and Daniel Fitzpatrick (Bartlett School of Planning)
The Anthropology Pedagogy Gazebo, Outside 14 Taviton Street
The City as a Network of Learning: Reviving A Pattern Language for the Smart App age?
In his classic book A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander and coauthors imagined the city as a ‘Network of Learning’, weaving education into the physical and social fabric of urban life. Here we revisit and reimagine these ideas in the age of the Smart App, asking how (where, and by whom) such a network of learning could be created today.
 
Tue 13 March
9am-12: 22 Gordon Street
Picket

10am: teach-out on Housing with Anna Minton, author of Ground Control (Penguin, 2009) and Big Capital (2017) and Harvi Chera (UCL Cut the Rent Campaigner).

11am: teach-out: Art/Histories of Protest
(Art) Histories of Protest
UCL History of Art Teach-Out
Tuesday, March 13
11 to noon
20 Gordon Square

Mignon Nixon, “Let the Pants Fall Where They May”
Marta Zboralska, “WE ARE NOT SLEEPING”
Bob Mills, “Why University Strikes are Positively Medieval”
Johannes von Müller (The Warburg Institute), “The Art of Throwing a Stone”
Maria Mileeva, “Art and Hooliganism in Putin’s Russia”
Stephanie Schwartz, “The Time of Protest”
Tamar Garb, “Rhodes Must Fall”

*From 9:30 to 11 am please come and add your image of protest to the gallery we will erect across from Gordon Square. This can be a work of art that is itself a protest, a portrayal of strike or protest, or visual culture associated with a historical protest movement. String and tape for installing images will be provided.*

1-3 possible teach-out on EU migrants in HE and beyond – venue/facilitator tbc

Wed 14 March
9am-12: 22 Gordon Street
Picket

10am: rubber-stamping workshop with illustrator Judit Ferencz.

11am: University/Interrupted: a creative workshop on the affective impact of striking led by Claire Tunnacliffe (Bartlett) & Jade French (QMUL)

Noon: London Region UCU demonstration to Parliament.
See https://uculondonregion.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/education-demo-2/
Assemble: Malet Street London WC1E 7HY at 12noon.

Thur 15 March
9am-12: 22 Gordon Street
Picket

9.30am: Some thoughts out on the counter economics of the strike (Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture)

Morning – UCL Laws – ‘What is Modern Slavery?’ Virginia Mantouvalou with Kate Roberts, Head of the Human Trafficking Foundation (venue tbc).

1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower St.
Teach-out hosted by UCL Dept of the Americas, Josh Hollands convening, with Bernard Coard (Grenadian politician, teacher and critic of institutional racism; helped draft the communist Worker’s Liberation League manifesto in Jamaica). (Venue tbc)
3-4:30pm, UCL Anthropology (14 Taviton Street)

Universities as sites of power and resistance: a view from the Global South
 
This event focuses on universities as political actors in contested societies. Our attempt is to highlight the ways in which universities function as sites of state power and violence as well as sites of resistance. 
 
Chair: Dr. Barbara Lipietz, Bartlett Development Planning Unit

Speakers:
Prof. Vanessa Watson School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town
Dr. Catalina Ortiz, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, Public Universities as enclaves of critical dialogue in the Colombian peace making process
Prof. Haim Yacobi, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, Israel/Palestine: Universities, Militarism and Colonialism in the Occupied Territories

Fri 16 March
9am-12: 22 Gordon Street
Picket

9am-1pm: Crit-Out: BSc Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies, Project X
plus

10am: Strike Chronicle collective write-out.

1-3pm: UCL UCU, 52 Gower St.
Teach-out: Governance, Ethics, Divestment
Speakers tbc but to include Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL Political Science), Sherrill Stroschein (UCL Political Science), Jane Holder (UCL Laws), Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture), Diana Salazar (Development Planning Unit), Julia Schaff (UCL Fossil Free).
 

 

May 11th, 2017
Talk for Tehching Hsieh, Doing Time, curated by Adrian Heathfield, Taiwan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Talk events
Art of Existence
May 12, 2–4:30pm
Speakers: Tehching Hsieh, Adrian Heathfield, Carol Becker, Peggy Phelan and Jane Rendell
Fondazione Querini Stampalia

On May 10, Taiwan’s exhibition for the Venice Biennale 2017—Doing Time—will open at the Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice, Italy. The exhibition features the works of artist Tehching Hsieh, curated by Adrian Heathfield, and will be on view for the period of May 13 to November 26, 2017. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–6pm, and also on May 15, August 14, September 4, October 30, and November 20. Guided tours are available twice a day during opening hours.

http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/54717/tehching-hsiehdoing-time/

May 11th, 2017
Transitional Spaces, talk at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana

Jane Rendell: Transitional Spaces

5/9/2017
From Critical Spatial Practice to Site-Writing

Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory together with the Museum of Architecture and Design cordially invite you to attend the lecture by renowned architectural theoretician and critic Jane Rendell.

This lecture is also an announcement for the soon to be published Architecture ≠ Art book, a Slovene edition that examines the relation between art and architecture.

“This talk explores “critical spatial practice”, a term I introduced in 2002 to refer to urban interventions that transgress the limits of art and architecture to engage with the social and the aesthetic, as well as the interstitial spaces between public and private. Critical spatial practice draws attention to the critical, but also the specifically spatial aspects of interdisciplinary processes operating between art and architecture. I discuss projects by practitioners muf and transparadiso, before reworking critical spatial practice for today, making reference to the performative and the temporal. I describe how performing interpretations of critical spatial practice through a situated criticism gave rise to my current practice of “site-writing”. A reading of May Mourn, a text-work which deals with the history of welfare state architecture, taken from my new book on transitional spaces, concludes by addressing the current London housing crisis.”

Jane Rendell

Jane Rendell’s work transcends architecture, art, feminism, history, and psychoanalysis. She has introduced the concepts of “critical spatial practice” and “site-writing” through authored books such as The Architecture of Psychoanalysis (2016), Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). Co-edited collections include: Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999), and Strangely Familiar (1995); as well as her new publications: “Giving an Account of Oneself: Architecturally”’, Journal of Visual Culture (2016); Silver (2017), a fictionella for Lost Rocks curated by Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward; and with Michal Murawski, Reactivating the Social Condenser, co-edited special issue of The Journal of Architecture (forthcoming 2017). Jane is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she is Director of History & Theory.

http://www.mao.si/Event/Jane-Rendell-Transitional-Spaces.aspx

April 20th, 2017
4 May launch of The Architecture of Psychoanalysis

Join author Jane Rendell for the book launch of The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition, published with IB Tauris, where she will be in discussion with geographer Steve Pile, writer Anna Minton and architect Lorens Holm, chaired by curator/editor/writer Gareth Evans, on themes raised in the book concerning emotion, housing, politics and place.

6.30-9pm, 6.02, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

22 Gordon St, London, WC1H 0QB

About the book
‘In this thought-provoking book, Jane Rendell explores how architectural space registers in psychoanalysis. She investigates both the inherently spatial vocabulary of psychoanalysis and ideas around the physical ‘setting’ of the psychoanalytic encounter, with reference to Sigmund Freud, D.W. Winnicott and Andre Green. Building on the innovative writing methods employed in Art and Architecture and Site-Writing, she also addresses the concept of architecture as ‘social condenser’ a Russian constructivist notion that connects material space and community relations. Tracing this idea’s progress from 1920s Moscow to 1950s Britain, Rendell shows how interior and exterior meet in both psychoanalysis and architectural practice. Illuminating a novel field of interdisciplinary enquiry, this book breathes fresh life into notions of social space.’ IB Tauris.

About the speakers and chair

Gareth Evans is a writer, editor, presenter, producer and Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery London. He conceived and co-curated Utopia 2016 at Somerset House, and is a co-curator of the Estuary Festival and Whitstable Biennale. Recent film Executive Producer Credits include Erase and Forget (Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Berlinale, 2017) and By Our Selves (Andrew Kotting, 2015).

Lorens Holm is Reader in Architecture at the University of Dundee, where he runs the Rooms+Cities design research unit and is Director of the Geddes Institute for Urban Research. His teaching/research focuses on the thought/space threads that link architecture to philosophy, history, psychoanalysis, and machines. Publications include Brunelleschi Lacan Le Corbusier: architecture space and the construction of subjectivity (Routledge 2010) and, with John Hendrix, Architecture and the Unconscious (Routledge 2016). He is working on a draft of Lacan for Architects (Routledge).

Anna Minton is a writer, journalist and academic. She is the author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, published by Penguin in 2009 and Big Capital: Who is London For? which will be published by Penguin in June 2017. She is Reader in Architecture at the University of East London where she is Programme Leader of the MRes Architecture: Reading the Neoliberal City. Between 2011-2013 she was the 1851 Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition Fellow in the Built Environment. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian and Architectural Review and appears regularly on television and radio. www.annaminton.com

Steve Pile teaches Geography at The Open University. He has published on issues concerning place and the politics of identity. Steve is author of Real Cities (2005) and The Body and The City (1996), which both develop a psychoanalytic approach to geography. It is through these projects that he became interested in alternative spiritualities and their relationship to contemporary modernity. His many collaborative projects include the recent collection, Psychoanalytic Geographies, edited with Paul Kingsbury. He is currently working on early Freudian psychoanalysis and geographies of the body.

Jane Rendell trained and practiced as an architectural designer, before studying for her MSc and PhD in architectural history. Her transdisciplinary writing, through which she initiated ‘critical spatial practice’ and ‘site-writing’, crosses architecture, art, feminism, history and psychoanalysis. She is author of Silver (2017), Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). She is Director of History and Theory at the Bartlett, leads the Bartlett’s Ethics Commission, and with James O’Leary, is launching the MA Situated Practice in September 2017.

Endorsements.

‘Dizzying in its scope and ambition. Jane Rendell has pioneered a new field of inter disciplinary study and in the process issued a call to arms in uncertain times, based on the uncovering of the politically unconscious in architecture. A vital book.’
Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London

‘In the calculated destruction of tower blocks, the malignant neglect of communal housing and the greedy manipulation of the housing market, Jane Rendell witnesses both the losses of architecture and the death throes of an idea – the idea that architecture is a social good. Jane refuses to become melancholic or defeated. Instead, she seeks the resources that might allow us to generate spaces and times that can move us forwards. This book is a recognition of losses to be found in rubble and ruin of our cities, but to serve a more hopeful architecture, tuned to the needs of individuals, of communities, and of wider society. The Architecture of Psychoanalysis is a beautiful braiding of provocative architectural criticism and evocative psychoanalytic insight. This book revels in the possibilities, both political and personal, that this braiding offers.’
Steve Pile, Professor of Human Geography, The Open University

April 20th, 2017
Creative Resistance 4 July 2017

Creative Resistance: Architecture, Art, Writing, a Life…
Tuesday 4 July, 2-8pm
Institute of Advanced Studies
IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

Jane Rendell and Hélène Frichot will lead a workshop for MA and PhD students and staff exploring and performing the role of critical and creative writing through their research. How can experimental approaches to writing in architecture open up spaces for resistance, dissidence, liberation?

If you would like to present and/or perform some writing for around 10-15 minutes, please send a short proposal of max 200-word abstract, including a small writing sample to j.rendell@ucl.ac.uk by 21 April 2017.

Thematics to explore might include:

productive tensions between criticality and creativity
in the mix – exploring hybrid genres
possession/liberation – finding, making, taking voice
biography and life-writing, auto- and others.
conditions for/expectations of – the academic context as a place of liberation and control
coming before v coming after – questions of citation and appropriation
writing, objects, spaces – trans-textualities

The afternoon will consist of presentations of writing and end at 6pm with a keynote presentation from Dr Helene Frichot.

Exhausting the Exhausted: Ficto-critical Approaches to Creative Resistance (It’s better to be a glaneuse than a flaneuse)

Ficto-criticism combines techniques of fiction and critical theory with the aim of challenging assumptions about our contemporary social and political milieus. Although fiction is never obliged to be faithful to reality, when combined with the emancipatory potential of criticism it holds the power to disrupt habitual ways of seeing and acting amidst our everyday lives, a large part of which are composed of the material and ecological relations of our constructed worlds, or ‘environment-worlds’. This lecture examines the background and methodology of ficto-criticism with the aim of deploying it as a concept-tool of creative resistance within architecture. As a ficto-critical speculative gesture, it further re-introduces the aesthetic figure of the glaneur/glaneuse, to counter the conceptually and materially exhausted figure of the flaneur/flaneuse.

Dr Hélène Frichot is an Associate Professor and Docent in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm. She is the director of the research division Critical Studies in Architecture. With her colleagues she recently convened the 13th international AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association) conference, with the title Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, see architecturefeminsims.org. During 2017 she is on a Riksbankens Jubileumsfond funded sabbatical, and is based in Nuremberg, Germany.

April 20th, 2017
Judgment Calls 13 June 2017

Judgement Calls: Ethical Dilemmas in Art and Architectural Research
A workshop for Bartlett and Slade PhD Students

10-8pm, Tue 13 June 2017

Rm 6.02, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL,

22 Gordon St,
London, WC1H 0QB

This one-day PhD workshop hosted by the Bartlett and the Slade focuses on ethical dilemmas in art and architectural research and practice.

The day will include presentations from Bartlett and Slade PhD students, as well as talks from invited respondents, Prof Barb Bolt (Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne), Making it Real: iDARE (innovation. Design. Art. Research. Ethics) and Prof Estelle Barrett (Institute of Koorie Education, Deaking University), The Ethics of Intercultural Research. Among their other research activities, Barb and Estelle are the co-editors of three books on creative research practice: Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research, London (I.B.Tauris, 2014); Carnal Knowledge: Towards a “New Materialism” through the Arts, London, (I.B. Tauris, 2013); and Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry, (I.B.Tauris, 2007). Dr David Roberts will also be presenting drafts of ethical practice guidance he is preparing as part of the Bartlett Ethics Commission.

April 20th, 2017
Publication of a fictionella SILVER

Jane Rendell, SILVER (Hobart: A Published Event, 2017). 96pp., 32 illustrations.

SILVER, is a ‘fictionella’ as Justy Phillips would have it, and was commissioned by artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodword as part of Lost Rocks. Its narrative was drawn out of my visits to a number of sites connected to BHP Billiton, including its ‘birth place’, Broken Hill, a town in the Barrier Ranges of south Australia, where a mineral lode rich in silver was discovered in the late nineteenth century.

http://www.apublishedevent.net/projects/lost-rocks/editions/a-slow-publishing-event

In March 2017, SILVER was reconfigured, in a Courthouse, a historical building that is part of the West Coast Heritage Centre in Zeehan, west Tasmania, a mining town also founded on silver, and connected to one of the early proprietors of the Broken Hill mine. Here new voices were added to the multi-vocal narrative of the fictionella, and redistributed through the six clearly labelled positions of the Courthouse – Witness, Clerk of Court, Police Prosecutor & Lawyer, Defendant, Magistrate, and Audience. SILVER: A Courthouse Drama for Six Positions deals with issues of justice and ethics connected to mining, including reference to specific events related to BHP Billiton, for example the catastrophic tailings dam burst in Brazil in November 2015, which occurred as I was making my way to Broken Hill.

http://www.apublishedevent.net/projects/lost-rocks/editions/crocoite-crocoite-silver-silver-lead

April 20th, 2017
Recent Keynotes and Talks

Keynote, iDARE 2016: Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (September 2016).

Keynote, MEDIATIONS: Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space, Royal College of Art, (November 2016).

Keynote, AIARG (All Ireland Architecture Research Group), Waterford Institute of Technology, (January 2017).

Talks
Warwick University (Feb 2017).
University of South Lancashire (Feb 2017).
London Central School of Speech and Drama (March 2017).

April 20th, 2017
Recently Published Essays

‘Fuggles: An Autumn Draft’, Peg Rawes, Stephen Loo and Tim Matthews (eds) Poetic Biopolitical Practices in the Arts and Humanities (London: I B Tauris, 2016).

‘X Marks the Spot that Will Have Been’, John Hendrix and Lorens Holm (eds) Architecture and the Unconscious (London: Routledge, 2016).

‘Giving An Account Of Oneself, Architecturally’, Special Issue of the Journal of Visual Culture (2016).

‘Critical Spatial Practice as Parrhesia’, special issue of MaHKUscript, Journal of Fine Art Research. (2016).
http://www.mahkuscript.com/articles/10.5334/mjfar.13/

‘This subjunctive mood of mine’, catalogue essay for Jessica Brennan’s artist’s book based on her residency at the Green Backyard, (2016).
http://aabookshop.net/?wpsc-product=re-development-voices-cyanotypes-writings-from-the-green-backyard
http://www.jessiebrennan.co.uk/inside-the-green-backyard-opportunity-area/

August 1st, 2016
Forthcoming Conferences hosted: Speech ExtrActions

Speech ExtrActions: Evidence, Testimony, Witness – Voices in response to the Mining Industry
co-hosted with Diana Salazar and Richard Solly

by The Bartlett School of Architecture (BSA), the Bartlett DPU and the London Mining Network (LMN).

Venue: G02, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 140 Hampstead Road London NW12BX

Time/Date: 9am to 8pm: Friday 21 October 2016

This one-day event, organized between the Bartlett and public engagement partner, the London Mining Network, is a voicing of displacements and dispossessions that have occurred in responses to the activities of the extractive industries. We will be examining issues of evidence, witnessing, and testimony connected with human rights and environmental justice. Speakers tbc come from communities in Colombia, Brazil and Indonesia, legal associations, NGOs, and universities.

The day will end with a keynote lecture at 6pm from Professor Aviva Chomsky, Salem State University in Massachusetts, who has been visiting communities in La Guajira, Colombia and other central American countries, with Witness for Peace for more than 10 years. She is author Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, (2014); A History of the Cuban Revolution, ( 2010); Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class. ( 2008) and co-editor with Garry Leech and Steve Striffler of The People Behind Colombian Coal/Bajo el manto del carbon (2007).

Funded by the Bartlett ‘Sea and Currents Fund’ and the London Mining Network.

August 1st, 2016
Forthcoming Workshops

Site-Writing, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, 7 October 2016.

August 1st, 2016
Forthcoming Talks and Keynotes

Invited Keynote, iDARE 2016: Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. 27-8 September 2016.
http://idare.vca.unimelb.edu.au/dare-conference-2016/

Invited Lecture, Museum of Architecture and Design/Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana. 3 November 2016.

Invited Chair, Architecture and Feminisms – Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, 13th AHRA Conference, KTH Stockholm, 17-9 November 2016.
https://www.arch.kth.se/kalender/ovrigt/ahra-conference-architecture-and-feminisms-ecologies-economies-technologies-nov-17-19-1.623638

Invited Keynote, MEDIATIONS: Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space, Royal College of Art, 21-2 November 2016.
http://tr-aders.eu/conference/general-theme/
http://tr-aders.eu/conference/keynote-speakers/

August 1st, 2016
Recent Published Essays

‘The Scene of the Skin: Psychic Envelopes and Double Sensations’, Henriette Steiner and Kristin Veel (eds), Negotiating (In)visibilities, (Peter Lang, 2015).

‘Fuggles: An Autumn Draft’, Peg Rawes, Stephen Loo and Tim Matthews (eds) Poetic Biopolitical Practices in the Arts and Humanities (London: I B Tauris, 2016).

‘X Marks the Spot that Will Have Been’, John Hendrix and Lorens Holm (eds) Architecture and the Unconscious (London: Routledge, 2016).

August 1st, 2016
Doctoral Candidates who completed their PhDs with me in 2016

Joanne Bristol, Interspecies spaces: écriture féline
Funded by Canadian Arts and Humanities scholarship, (2010–6).

Polly Gould, No More Elsewhere (no corrections)
Funded by an AHRC Doctoral Award.
http://www.pollygould.co.uk/Welcome_.html
https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/programmes/mphil-phd-studentwork/polly-gould

Alex Zambelli, Scandalous Artefacts (no corrections)
https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/programmes/mphil-phd-studentwork/alessandro-zambelli-2

David Roberts, Make Public (no corrections)
Funded by a UCL Graduate School Scholarship
https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/programmes/mphil-phd-studentwork/david-roberts
http://www.davidjamesroberts.com/
http://www.balfrontower.org

August 1st, 2016
Recent Conferences Hosted: Practicing Ethics: Positionality, Spatiality, and Subjectivity in Dialogue

Practising Ethics: Positionally, Spatiality and Subjectivity in Dialogue

12 October 2015

https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/events/practising-ethics-positionally-spatiality-dialogue

In this symposium speakers will consider how ethics is practiced from the perspective of positionality, spatiality and subjectivity in dialogue. Universities tend to have clear guidelines on the ethical procedures involved in gaining informed consent when interviewing subjects, but these often do not consider the subjective experiences and emotional effects of gathering verbal and visual materials. Geography, psychoanalysis, ethnography/anthropology, political science, architectural design and the visual/performing arts offer a more nuanced and conceptual understanding of the possible spatial, cultural and political settings involved in conversing. Drawing on their own experiences as students, supervisors, practitioners and researchers, speakers will draw out questions around the spatial positions we take up when speaking and listening, how these are informed by the psychic structures of subject-object relations and the power dynamics around seeing/being seen, speaking/being heard, and variations according to practice and discipline.

Speakers include: Dr Lesley Caldwell (UCL Italian), Professor Ger Duijzings (Regensburg University), Dr Sophie Handler (University of Manchester), Dr Mohamad Hafeda (Leeds Beckett University), Dr Sharon Kivland (Sheffield Hallam University), Professor Jan Kubik (Director of the School for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL), Cecilie Sachs Olsen (Queen Mary), Professor Steve Pile (Open University), Dr Linda Sandino (University of the Arts London/V&A).

This seminar is co-funded by The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and the AHRC-funded LAHP (London Arts and Humanities Partnership), and is part of an LAHP series for PhD students taking place in autumn 2015 entitled ‘Practising Ethics’ co-funded by LAHP and the UCL ESRC DTC.

August 1st, 2016
Recent Conferences Hosted: Practicing Ethics in Built Environment Research

Practicing Ethics in Built Environment Research

29-30 June 2015

https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/events/practicing-ethics-in-built-environment-research

This transdisciplinary symposium, part of the project ‘Ethics in Built Environment Research’, explores the role ethics plays in built environment research – tackling topics such as big data, fossil fuel, housing and regeneration, and addressing issues like confidentiality, consent, risk and vulnerability. Speakers include fiction writers, artists, scientists, academics, and public figures, including: Adriana Allen, Martin Austwick, Sarah Bell, Sarah Butler, Andrew Barry, Ben Campkin, Claire Colomb, Alex Frediani, Charlotte Johnson, Caren Levy, Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Christophe McGlade, Hayley Newman, Platform, David Price, Doina Petrescu, David Roberts, Jeremy Till, Jonathan Porritt and Michael Walls.
The symposium was supported by The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing.

August 1st, 2016
Recent Conferences Hosted: Reactivating the Social Condenser

Reactivating the Social Condenser; Architecture against Privation

Conference co-convened with Dr Michal Murawski (SSEES)

18 May 2015

https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/events/reactivating-the-social-condenser

‘In the habits and attitudes of the mass population, low-voltage activity and a weak consciousness would be focused through the circuits of these ‘social condensers’ into high-voltage catalysts of change.’ (Moisei Ginzburg, 1927)
1. We live in a time of privation, crisis and stratification, in housing as well as in public space. Space has become a commodity, and apathy is rife 
2. For nearly a century, architects, artists and thinkers have been inspired by and toyed with the grand old Soviet idea of the social condenser. Most, however, have attempted to tame this idea, or have done little other than to pay lip service to it.
3. It is high time, then, to reactivate the social condenser! We want to subject this electrifying idea to serious and systematic re-examination, to re-charge the social condenser as a vector for radical architectural thought and practice.
Participants: Nick Beech (Oxford Brookes/CCA) social condensations in 1960s London
- Jonathan Charley (Strathclyde) on radical architectural memories
- Udo Grashoff (SSEES, UCL) on ‘schwarzwohnen’ in East Germany
- Owen Hatherley (London) on ‘actually-existing’ social condensers
- Michael Marriott and Richard Wentworth (artists) on the ‘laundry room’
- Michal Murawski (SSEES, UCL) on Stalinist social condensers
- Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths) on housing, art and activism
- Jane Rendell (The Bartlett, UCL) on the social condenser and the setting
- Lukasz Stanek (Manchester) on Lefebvre and the social condenser
- Andy Willimott (SSEES) on everyday life in Soviet house communes
- Victor Buchli (Anthropology,
Supported by the UCL Urban Laboratory, and the UCL Grand Challenge: Human Wellbeing

August 1st, 2016
Recent Keynotes, Talks and Lecture

Recent Keynotes, Talks and Lectures

Keynotes
Keynote, Gender, Space and Architecture, University of Aarhus, (29 March 2014).

Keynote, Instant Urbanism, University of Aalborg (6 May 2014).

Keynote, ‘…and where do we go from here?’ Rethink. Reconfigure. Reflect, UCA Research Student Conference 2014 (May 2014).

Keynote, Body and Space, University of Middlesex, (September 2014)

Keynote, Bodies in Public, American University of Beirut, (October 2014)

Keynote, The Future of the Discipline, Annual Australia Council of University Art and Design School’s’ (ACUADS) Conference 2014, School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne (October 2014) via skype

Keynote, Architecture and Text, ARCHTHEO ’14 / ARCHITECTURAL THEORY Conference, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul (November 2014) via skype

Keynote, Architecture and Writing, Lisboa. (December 2014) via skype

Keynote, Matrices, Lisboa. (March 2015)

Keynote, Performing Place, University Chichester, June 2015.

Keynote, Sites of Production, University of Sydney, October 2015

Invited Conference Speaker
Invited Speaker, History of Public Space, University of Aarhus, (29 March 2014).

Invited Speaker, Writing Architecture, University of Strathclyde (20 February 2014).

Invited Speaker, Undreaming, University of Sheffield (February 2015).

Invited Speaker, Comparing Architectural Humanities Research, ENSA Paris Malaquais, (March 2015).

Invited Lectures
Glasgow School of Art (March 2014).

School of Art and Architecture, University of the Creative Arts, (November 2014).

Sheffield School of Architecture (December 2014).

Brighton School of Architecture (February 2015).

Norwich School of Architecture (March 2015).

Royal College of Art (May 2015)

University of Stuttgart (June 2015).

The Cass, (September 2015).

Norwich School of Arts (October 2015).

Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania (November 2015).

Leeds Beckett University (February 2016).

University of Loughborough (March 2016).

Literature, Psychoanalysis and Practice (convened by Dr Jan Campbell and Dr Emma Francis ) Senate House, London (March 2014).

University of Cambridge, (May 2014).

Gallery/Museum Talks

House 5, curated by Alex McDonald and Anne-Marie Watson (March 2014).

Saskia Older Wolbers, ArtAngel (June 2014).

Visual Urbanism, British Library (May 2015)

Radical Cities, Tate Modern/Festival of Architecture (June 2015).

Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee (October 2015).

Critique and Crisis, ÖGfA, the Austrian Society for Architecture, Freud Museum Vienna (October 2015).

Gender network of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, Architekturforum, Zurich. (September 2015).

Opportunity Area, organized by Eva Sajovic, Sarah Butler and Rebecca Davies, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, (June 2016)

Workshops
Site-Writing, University of Aalburg, Denmark, (7-8 May 2014)

Site-Writing, University of Aarhus, Denmark, (12-3 March 2016)

March 17th, 2014
Recent and Forthcoming Talks

Invited Speaker, Writing Architecture, University of Strathclyde (20 February 2014).
http://www.strath.ac.uk/architecture/businessindustry/actsymposia/

House 5, curated by Alex McDonald and Anne-Marie Watson (7 March 2014).
http://www.housemw.com/

Evening Lecture, Glasgow School of Art (13 March 2014).
http://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/gsa-events/events/j/jane-rendell/?source=filter&type=17810/guest-lecture

Literature, Psychoanalysis and Practice (convened by Dr Jan Campbell and Dr Emma Francis ) Senate House, London (14 March 2014).

Invited Speaker, The Use of Public Space in a Historical Perspective, University of Aarhus, (28 March 2014).
http://cas.au.dk/en/currently/event/artikel/the-use-of-public-space-in-a-historical-perspective/

Keynote, Gender, Space and Architecture, University of Aarhus, (29 March 2014).

Keynote, Instant Urbanism, University of Aalborg (6 May 2014).
http://www.utzoncenter.dk/dk/besoeg/arrangementer/instant_urbanism.htm

Keynote, ‘…and where do we go from here?’ Rethink. Reconfigure. Reflect. UCA Research Student Conference 2014 (2 May 2014).
http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/rethinkreconfigurereflect

Invited Talk, History and Theory of Architecture Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, (15 May 2014).

For Saskia Older Wolbers, ArtAngel (19 June 2014).

March 17th, 2014
Recently Published Essays

‘A Way with Words: Feminists Writing Architectural Design Research’, Murray Fraser (ed) Architectural Design Research (London: Ashgate, 2013).

‘Coming to Welsh’, special issue ‘Margins’, co-edited by Linda Maria Walker and Michael Tawa, Architectural Theory Review (2013), v. 18, n. 2, pp. 1–18.

‘Working Between and Across: Some Psychic Dimensions of Architecture’s Inter and Transdisciplinarity’, ‘Discipline and Dissidence’, edited by Diana Periton and Igea Troiani, Architecture and Culture, inaugural issue of new journal in association with AHRA, (2013).

‘To and Fro/Tours and Detours: Writing between Sites and non-Sites’, Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro (ed), Desvios/Detours IV – Modus Locandi: Modes of Production/Modes of Exhibition, Reciprocal Influences, (Curators’ Lab, Guimarães, in partnership with the Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, forthcoming 2013). (Portuguese/English, 2013).

‘Constellation, Insertion, Act? approaching Frontier – The Line of Style through critical spatial practice, Fabiola Naldi and Claudio Musso (eds) Frontier – The Line of Style (Bologna, Damiani, forthcoming 2013) (Italian/English, 2014).

‘The Transitional Space of Interdisciplinarity’, Daniel Hinchcliffe, Jane Calow and Laura Mansfield (eds), Speculative Strategies In Interdisciplinary Arts Practice, (2014).

‘The Siting of Writing, and the Writing of Sites’, Matthew Carmona (ed) Explorations in Urban Design: An Urban Design Research Primer (London: Ashgate, 2014).

September 11th, 2013
Forthcoming Presentations

Keynotes
Spaces, Iberian Association for Cultural Studies (IBACS), Universidad de Murcia (2-4 October 2013).
http://www.cultureandpower.org/

Generative Constraints, Centre for Creative Collaboration in London (16 November 2013).
http://generativeconstraints.tumblr.com/

Critique, University of Southern Australia (26-9 November 2013).
http://www.critique2013.com/home/index.html

Talks
The Rest is Noise, The Southbank Centre (26 October 2013).

September 11th, 2013
Recent Installation

Coming to Welsh, a site-writing, comprising a text-work designed by Marit Muenzberg, and an installation at The Mission Gallery, Swansea, as part of Keeper, by artist Bella Kerr, along with artists Kathryn Faulkner and Karen Ingham. (7–11 May 2013).

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September 11th, 2013
Recently Published Essays

Recently Published Essays
‘Feminismo y arquitectura: prácticas espaciales críticas’, Juan Vincente Aliaga, Carmen Navarrete, Jose Miguel G. Cortes,(eds) El Sexo de La Ciudad, (Valencia: Universitat Politècnica de València, 2013). (Spanish)
http://espaciourbanoytecnologiasgenero.blogs.upv.es/

‘When site-writing becomes site-reading or how space matters through time’, Lukas Feireiss (ed) Space Matters Chronicles (Wien: Springer, 2013).
http://www.studiolukasfeireiss.com/work/creative/space-matters-symposium
http://www.space-matters-symposium.com/

‘Couper en biais : associer l’art et l’architecture par l’inter- et la transdisciplinarité’, Marie-Ange Brayer (ed), Art et Architecture, (HYX editions, 2013). (French/English)
http://www.editions-hyx.com/fr/blogs/hyx/paraitre-art-et-architecture-collection-frac-centre-v1

‘Fuggles Writes (an Autumn draft)’ catalogue essay for artists Brook & Black, and their residency at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, 2010, published on line at
http://ixia-info.com/new-writing/plot-16-the-fermenting-room-return-of-the-rhizome-brook-black/

‘Staging Devices’, catalogue essay for Jasmina Cibic, For our Economy and Culture, Slovenian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. (2013). (Slovenian/English)
http://www.jasminacibic.org/
http://slovenianpavilion.net/en/

‘Writing Transparadiso: Across and Beside’, Catalogue essay for a monograph on the practice of Transparadiso, Direct Urbanism, (Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, forthcoming 2013). (German/English).
http://www.transparadiso.com/cms/

February 13th, 2013
Recent Workshops

Interactive Cities, an independent project organised by researchers and architects of University College London, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilnius), Higher School of Economics and Russian State University for the Humanities held at Strelka, Moscow (July 2012)
http://www.interactive-city.org/

Critical Spatial Practice, University of Calgary

Prague Quadrennial, 11th International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture (June 16 – 26, 2011).

February 13th, 2013
Recent Invited talks

Keynote, Uncanny Landscapes, Royal Holloway at the Centre for Creative Collaboration on Acton Street, Kings Cross, (March 2013).

For Frontier, La linea dello stile / The Line of the Style, Museum of Art, Bologna, (Febrary 2012).

Rethinking the Social in Architecture, University of Umea (February, 2013).

Public Lecture at the Institut für Architekturtheorie, Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, Technische Universität Graz (January 2012).

For Jasmina Cibic, Situation Anophthalmus hitleri, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia, as part of European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012, (December 2012).

Department of Architeture, University of Cyprus (December 2012).

In conversation at the Lehrcanape, ETH, Zurich, (November 2012).

Keynote, Negotiating Invisibilities, ETH Zurich (November 2012).

Topologies, Open University, (November, 2012).

Desvios/Detours IV – Modus Locandi: Modes of Production/Modes of Exhibition, Reciprocal Influences, Curators’ Lab, Guimarães, in partnership with the Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, (November 2012).

Instant Urbanism, University of Aalburg (October 2012).

London College of Communication (October 2012).

For the Herzog and de Meuron Pavilion, The Serpentine (September 2012).

The Invisible College, as part of a collaboration with the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Strathclyde and NVA, the Lighthouse, Glasgow, (September 2012).
http://www.theinvisiblecollege.org.uk/

Space Matters. Exploring Spatial Theory and Practice Today, curated by Lukas Feireiss, University of Art and Design, Linz, (May 2012).
http://www.studiolukasfeireiss.com/work/creative/space-matters-symposium

University of Kingston (May 2012)

Architecture-Writing Workshop, curated by Helene Frichot and Katja Grillner, as part of Architectue in Effect, KTH, Stockholm (May 2012).
http://architectureineffect.se/2012/05/20/architecture-writing-may-24th-25th-2012/

Public Talk for the Doctoral Programme in Architectural History and Theory, MIT (April 2012)

Seminar at the Department of Architecture, Cornell University (April 2012).

Writing Urban Landscape: Criticism Now, Syracuse University (April 2012)
http://www.asla.org/EventDetails.aspx?id=34298

University of Brighton (February 2012).

London Central School of Speech and Drama (February 2012).

The Sex of the City, Polytechnic University of Valencia (February 2012)

Department of Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University (December 2011)

Department of Architecture, University of Manchester (November 2011)

Department of Geography, University of Exeter (November 2011)

Public Lecture, Department of Architecture, University of Calgary (October 2011)

Performative Architecture, The Showroom, London (October 2011).

University of Syracuse in London, (June 2011)

Department of Architecture, TU Delft, (May 2011)

Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh (May 2011)

Architecture and Writing, Architectural Association, London (March 2011)

Temple Gallery and Department of Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia (February 2011).

Institute of Art and Design/Faculty of Architecture, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (June 2011)

Our Art, KOS, Copenhagen (January 2011)

Keynote, Place of Research/Research of Place, Annual Meeting of the EAAE, European Association for Architectural Education, (June 2010)

February 13th, 2013
Recently Published Essays

‘Seven Problematics for Neoliberal Times’, catalogue essay for a monograph on the artist, Apolonija Sustersic, in collaboration with Museo Arte  Contemporaneo de Castilla de Leon published by (Leon and Berlin: Musac and Sternberg Press, 2013) (Spanish/English)

‘Double Take’, Architektonika, Berlin Hamburger Bahnhof, (2013).

‘The Research of Place/The Place of Research’ publication of my keynote address as part of the conference proceedings for Place of Research/Research of Place, Annual Meeting of the EAAE, European Association for Architectural Education, (June 2010), (2012).

‘The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Constructions and Associations’, Olaf Knellessen, Dr Insa Haertel and Helge Mooshammer (eds), Bauarten von Sexualität, Körper, Phantasmen: Architektur und Psychoanalyse/Ways of building sexuality, bodies, phantasms: Architecture and psychoanalysis (2012).

‘Tendencies and Trajectories: Feminist Approaches in Architecture’, Architectural Theory Handbook, Stephen Cairns, Greg Crysler, Hilde Heynen, Gwendolyn Wright (eds) (London: Sage, 2012).

The Transitional Space of the Social Condensor’, Adam Sharr (ed) Architecture as Cultural Artefact, (London, Routledge, 2012).

‘May Mourn’ (text-image work) Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosely Beyond Utopia (Errant Bodies Press, 2012)

‘Critical Spatial Practices: Setting Out a Feminist Approach to some Modes and what Matters in Architecture’, Lori Brown (ed) Feminist Practices (London: Ashgate, 2012).

‘May Mo(u)rn: A Site-Writing’, Nadir Lahiji (ed) Essays in honour of Frederic Jameson, (London: Ashgate, 2011).

‘Intermezzo’, (text- work) Rochus Hinkel, (ed) Urban Interiors (Melbourne: RMIT, 2011).

‘Residues of a Dream World’, Gerrie van Noord (ed), To Have and to Hold: Future of a Contested Landscape, (Glasgow: NVA, 2011).

‘One Way Street or “The Degeneration of Things”’, Julie Westerman (ed.) Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy (Sheffield: Site Gallery, 2011).

‘A Configuration Pregnant with Tensions’, Matthew Gandy (ed) Urban Constellations (Berlin: Jovis, 2011).

‘Working (Through) the Field:/’, Suzanne Ewing, Jéremie McGowan, Chris Speed, Victoria Clare Bernie (eds) Architecture and Field/Work, (London: Routledge, 2011).

‘Trafalgar Square: Détournements (A Site-Writing), publication of my keynote address in Kristian Faschingeder, Kari Jormakka, Norbert Korrek, Olaf Pfeifer, Gerd Zimmermann, (eds), Architecture in the Age of Empire. 11th International Bauhaus-Colloquium 2009/Die Architektur der neuen Weltordnung. 11. Internationales Bauhaus-Kolloquium Weimar 2009, (Weimar: Verlag der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar 2011)

‘Inside Out’ (text-image work), Hawkins\Brown, Salt Bridges: Changing Perceptions of Art/Architecture and Science, New Biochemistry Oxford, (London: Pretzel, 2010)

‘I Remember Them That Way: Captions for a Series of Photographs (Once Lost, Now Remembered) of a Series of Landscapes (Once Remembered, Now Lost) taken somewhere between Adelaide and Melbourne near Camperdown and in Stoney Rises on Sunday 13 September and Monday 14 September, with thanks to Stephen Loo and Esther Pilkington’, (text- work) Gini Lee (curator), Stoney Rises: Deep Mapping, University of Melbourne, (2010)

‘May Morn’, Di Robson and Gareth Evans (eds), The Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings, (an Arts Council of England funded publication) (London: Artevents, 2010).

February 21st, 2011
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February 10th, 2011
Publication of Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism
Site-Writing-Book-Cover

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sitewriting-9781845119997/

February 10th, 2011
Forthcoming Talks Spring/Summer 2011

Presentation at Arch &, Furthur Reading Required, Bartlett School of Architecture, London (17 February 2011)

http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/events/seminars/seminars.htm

Gallery talk and Lecture, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (24 February)

http://www.temple.edu/tyler/exhibitions/pulicprogramscurrent.html

Presentation at Writing & Critical Thinking Conference, Architectural Association, London (25 March 2011)

Seminar at University of Edinburgh (May 2011)

Lecture for the University of Syracuse in London (June 2011)

Lecture and Workshop Leader, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (June 2011)

http://www.pq.cz/index.html

Lecture and Critic, Institute of Art and Design/ Faculty of Architecture, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (June 2011)

February 10th, 2011
Recent Publications

‘May Morn’, (text-image work), Gareth Edwards, The Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings, an Arts Council of England funded publication) (2010).

http://www.artevents.info/latest/2010-2011/towards-re-enchantment

‘Inside Out’ (text-image work), Hawkins\Brown, Salt Bridges: Changing Perceptions of Art/Architecture and Science, New Biochemistry Oxford, (London: Pretzel, 2010)

http://www.hawkinsbrownarchitects.com/publications/publication.php?id=1

‘An Embelishment: Purdah’, in Sarah Hirschman, ed., Sex, Special issue of the MIT Journal Thresholds, n. 37 (2010).

http://architecture.mit.edu/thresholds/issue/37.html

‘Arcades’, Encyclopedia Entry, Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, (Sage, 2010).

‘Architecture and Interdisciplinarity: Modes of Operation’, Building Material, Journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland (2010).

http://www.architecturalassociation.ie/publications/

‘Site-Writing’, proceedings of the Building, Designing, Thinking, 3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture (Tiilimäki: Alvar Aalto Akatemia Academy, 2009).

‘The Setting: Paradise Lost (And Regained)’ in Jane Tormley and Gillian Whiteley (ed) Telling Stories (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009).

February 10th, 2011
Recent Talks

Keynote, Place of Research/Research of Place, Annual Meeting of the EAAE, European Association for Architectural Education, (June 2010)

http://www.eaae.be/eaae2/events.php?show=events&type=conference

Referee, Chair and Invited Speaker, Once upon a Place, Lisbon (October 2010)

http://www.onceuponaplace.fa.utl.pt/

Invited Speaker, Connection and Separation, University of Durham, (October 2010).

UCL’s Psychoanalytic Unit, (November 2010)

Launch for The Re-Enchantment of Place, (edited by Di Robson and Gareth Evans) London Review of Books, Bookshop, (November 2010).

http://www.artevents.info/projects/current/the-re-enchantment/towards-re-enchantment

Chair, Whirlwinds, Sexuate Subjects, UCL (December 2010)

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sexuate-subjects/conferenceprogramme

Invited Speaker, Our Art, KOS, Copenhagen (January 2011)

April 8th, 2010
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Visit to RMIT

Monday 7 June 2010

Keynote at Writing Around the Kitchen Table: Spatial Writing Practices, a One Day Symposium: supported by Geoplaced Knowledge; SARU, Monash University; Architecture, UniMelb; curated by arch+phil.

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Leading a MA/PhD student spatial writing workshop. RMIT University School of Architecture and Design, Architecture and Interior; SARU, University of Melbourne, Geoplaced.

Thursday 10 June 2010

Arch+Phil public lecture, RMIT, 6.30pm, 8.11.68.

March 9th, 2010
Talk

Talk at School of Arts, Roehampton University, 12 May 2010.

October 13th, 2009
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Participant in

Defensive Buildings in Offensive Times

7.30pm, 18 November 2009

Redgrave Suite, Level 4, Barbican

Protection, shelter, fortress… How does our understanding of fortification differ from that of landlocked Europe in relation to the Cold War and the lifting of the Iron Curtain? What can we learn from surviving bunkers here and abroad? With Wayne Cocroft, senior archeological investigator at English Heritage, David Heathcote, design and architectural historian, and Professor Jane Rendell, Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett. Chaired by Brian Dillon, UK Editor of Cabinet Magazine.

The discussion relates to a new art commission:

Robert Kusmirowski Bunker 30 September 2009 – 10 January 2010 The Curve Gallery, Barbican

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=8909

October 13th, 2009
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Speaker at 
Public Art Needs Time Limits and Bristol launch of One Day Sculpture book

Project Focus: One Day Sculpture
Seminar Venue: Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX
Date: Thursday 3rd December 2009, 10.30am – 4.30pm
 (registration 10.00am)

http://www.ixia-info.com/training/public-art-needs-time-limits/

October 13th, 2009
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Session Chair for Architecture, Fiction and Other Stories

Constructing Knowledge/Das Wissen der Architektur

5-6 November 2009

RWTH Aachen Germany

http:/candide.arch.rwth–aachen.de/en/constructing

July 2nd, 2009
STATE OF THE ART 2

Present and future prospects for research in art, design, visual/material culture, the built environment, and their histories

Friday 10 July at the Jerwood Space, Union Street, SE1

Following on from last summer’s successful Research Workshop at the Jerwood Space near Tate Modern, we’re returning there on 9 and 10 July. And once again, the aim of this year’s Summer Workshop is to review current research across the range of fields and practices with which our research students are engaged.

To this end, we’ve arranged two panels of guest speakers, who will address some key issues in these fields. We hope that you’ll be able to attend both days and both panel sessions, not least because it’s important for your own research training to find out about other kinds of research-how these compare with your own, what overlaps there are between them, and what you can learn from them.

The panel session on Friday is on Crossing boundaries: interdisciplinary research and creative practices. The panellists are:
* Professor Jane Rendell, Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett, UCL. An architectural designer and historian, art critic and writer, her work has explored various interdisciplinary intersections: feminist theory and architectural history, fine art and architectural design, autobiographical writing and criticism. She is author of Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism (forthcoming 2009), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) among many other works.
* Dr Frank Millward, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Kingston. Frank’s research explores the connections between scientific and artistic visualization processes and their relationships to sound, acknowledging that each can inform the other and that the blurred divide between technical and artistic is interdisciplinary territory where innovation and new knowledge is created. Frank has recently composed and musically directed a number of site-specific works for major U.K. festivals including: Dining With Alice and The Perfect Day. He has also written, arranged and/or performed on a number of documentary film scores for ABC, BBC, Channel 4 and independent producers in Australia and the UK.
* Dr Paul Micklethwaite, Senior Research Fellow in FADA. From academic beginnings in philosophy, Paul gradually moved into social research, then design research, and then into ‘sustainability’. His PhD investigated the question ‘what is design?’, incorporating a large-scale interview study. Paul now teaches, supervises research students, and undertakes research projects and knowledge transfer activities, all in the area of Design for Sustainability and often using social research methods. He is the current editor of Kiosk, a multi-disciplinary annual of art and design.

Each day will also feature three work-in-progress presentations by PhD students, and a discussion about research practices and policies in the Faculty.

The programme for each day will begin at 10 am, and end at 4.30, and lunch at the Jerwood is included. If you want to be sure of a place, please book as soon as possible with Emerald Day at e.day@kingston.ac.uk as numbers are limited.