On 7th May Orsalia Dimitriou, Associate Lecturer in the Spatial Practices programme, led an event in the Futuro House looking at architecture and performance. In response to the norm of architecture representation through rendered images, this event encouraged the exploration of other forms of (re)presenting architecture as inextricably connected to performance. Students and professionals from architecture, photography, film and performance took part.
This future thinking session was part of a set project for final year BAGD design and interaction students. The project brief asked participants to imagine the year 2050, and design a visitor centred museum experience that responds to that vision. The Futuro House provided us with the setting and atmosphere for our speculative discussion and workshop.
Jordan De Vos, a final year BAGD student, wrote a short text describing her vision:
Life in 2050
Everything in 2050 is customizable and personalized. With genome and biological advancements, your body, its functions and performance will be controlled by you. With constant monitoring of the public spaces around you, you will be able to know the conditions in which you’ll walk into. With emotion and personality recognition, the digital services in your life will customize content, its delivery, and timing to your preferences, routines, and personality. You will be constantly building an artificially intelligent persona that knows you better than anyone else.
On April 14th 2016 Jess Crilly from the UAL library services team held a Provocation/Conversation in the Futuro House.
Our provocateurs were Dave White from UAL, and Dr Donna Lanclos, in conversation with library, academic support and teaching staff from across UAL. The idea of the provocation was to gain some fresh perspectives to inform the development of a new shared Strategy for Library & Academic Support 2016-22.
So what did we think? Much of the conversation was around identities and roles, about the value of expertise as well as content and processes. Some really helpful insights and ideas emerged…
Unpicking meanings around collaboration
Status issues in universities –colleagues or helpers, who can initiate…
Issues of identity: individuals vs services (Apollonian and Dionysian cultures),
Being incorporated into networks rather than ever-refining of existing skills
Library and academic support engagement as time saving for courses
How to address that by being more present in digital and physical spaces and networks
A need for the discovery of expertise as well as content
This year Spotlight 2016 held a cross-disciplinary symposium of CSM PhD students in the Futuro House. With doctoral students from Art, Design and and Fashion, presentations included talks, workshops and round table discussions.
For more Information please visit – The Doctoral Platform at CSM - http://doctoralplatformcsm.myblog.arts.ac.uk/spotlight-exhibition-and-symposium/
"Motivated by the fact that taste in architecture has been generally communicated through stylistic codes, my general thesis argues that the construction of architectural styles might have left alternative taste narratives under-explored. This inquiry into taste investigates the possibility to situate and create marginal practices within voids of taste; seeking to talk about taste in architecture by prioritising function, action and habit over form and style.
This presentation will focus on cleaning, a subject implicitly or explicitly present within both, modernist utopias and feminist performance practices throughout the twentieth century. Cleaning will be discussed here as a post-rational reflection on Wash Out! a series of performances devised for Granary Square, London 2015-16."
A good first year crit can sometimes feel like an inspiring intergalactic journey into the future of advertising. So teaching a class in a retro spaceship was perfectly fitting. Our mission? An out-of-this-world campaign to launch a Time Out guide called “London for Insomniacs”.
After a fair few minutes of oooing, ahhhing and Instagramming (confession: I did also ask a student to take a photo of me for bragging rights) we all climbed aboard and got to work.
You just can’t take yourself too seriously when sitting in a 60s space pod. The students sunk into their recessed control stations and seemed more relaxed and confident presenting their work. The ideas were great, as usual. But there was just something *different* in the air.
When students are stuck for ideas, I usually recommend a change of scenery. Going for a walk or to a new cafe or something. Might add a trip to outer space for an hour to that advice.
- Written by Emily Wood, Stage 1 Tutor BA(Hons) Graphic Design
Students from the first year of MA Fine Art at CSM have been using Futuro House as the basis for discussion of a workshop 'Resounding Acts' which took place on February 2 and 17, 2016 at CSM. This workshop continued the series 'Sounds and Spaces' within the MAFA curriculum, which engages acts of listening, producing and receiving sound using performance, recording and mapping. The work produced is being carried forward into a future public work at CSM in June.
A group of MA Fine Art students have been making excellent use of Futuro House for the production of a sound performance event COCHLEA which took place on 2 December 2015. The sound events variously engaged voice, text, physical performance and sound composition and connected themes of futurity with the concrete architecture of the inner futuro space, itself a metaphor for cochlea and the art of listening.
The students repeated the performance in January re-recording it for archive purposes. COCHLEA at Futuro has been a valuable project taking place within a broader series of workshops and presentations exploring sound and listening under the theme of 'Sounds and Spaces' within the MAFA curriculum.
Cairi Jacks (BA Fine Art graduate), Adeeb Ashfaq (BA Fine Art graduate), Niels Braun (MA Graphic Communications Design student), Luiz Conceicao (BA Architecture graduate), and Joann Hong (BA Jewellery graduate) met at the Futuro House to tell us about their projects that were being researched, resourced and realised in the neighbourhoods of the art school. We heard about time spent in place, intense attention paid, relationships formed, conversations had, permissions (formal and informal) requested, granted and denied, motivations, expectations and realisations, and reflected on how these formative experiences have been taken forward into lives and practices.
"Before this evening I've never spoken to anyone from jewellery or architecture and I didn't even know half the subjects here existed." - Cairi Jacks
"It was really inspiring to be back in CSM (in a space pod) and to listen to others who have responded in such different ways to the Kings Cross area and the new building – such a lovely way to meet and share ideas and see across disciplines – always something I wanted to do more at the college." - Joann Hong
M ARCH: Architecture ran a ‘Futurist Architectural Drawing Seminar’ on the 12 December 2015 at the Futuro House. Markus Lähteenmäki came in to discuss Architectural Drawing as practiced by two avant gardes - specifically those from the 1920's (Russian) and 1960's (Italian). He brought along amazing original archive material from Chernikov and also Superstudio, amongst others, to illustrate these drawings.
The students were then asked to produce a 10cmx10cm drawing as a future glimpse of their own second year Masters project. This was a format/size of futurist drawing used frequently by Chernikov.