We can be skeptical about how this sudden and immense increase of our digital presence will play out against physical experience in the near future. Yet, the digitisation and exhibition of so much material is not from a want to live online; rather, it speaks of our nostalgia for life and work as they were before isolation, and of our desire to have back as much as possible of them, in any form.
This year, the essays and dissertations from Critical and Contextual Studies are exhibited together with work from the postgraduate History and Theory modules. We have held conversations about the resonant issues of the past few months, from Black Lives Matter, to the future of the physical classroom, and have included provocations by writers, artists, architects and alumni for contextualization, dialogue and expansion. The work is organized in seven thematic sections, which speak to recent events, home and migration, place, digital experience, learning, proto-modern architecture, and memory. There is a perceptible progression from topical issues towards writing that allows time to expand in the mind of the reader — how else to approach the task of thinking about space from confinement?
Wildfires in Australia amid the climate emergency; riots in Hong Kong; a pandemic and lockdowns; Black Lives Matter demonstrations and statues falling – 2020 calls for meaningful revaluations.
“For every sorrow I write, also I press my forehead to the ground. Also I wash the feet of our beloveds, if only in my mind, in the waters of the petals of the flowers.’ read more
"The post-colonial character of contemporary London has a simple facticity which leaves it not really amenable to debate.” read more
“You’ve won a certain popularity in your neighborhood, Golan, as a man who pulls down monuments. You’re even regarded as a sort of veteran in the field” read more
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“The Parliament of Ghosts is a place of many gatherings using the failures of history as a starting point of artistic production.”
Tales of migration and refugeeism are set off against versions of domesticity. Both speak to shifting notions of ‘home’. The narrators/subjects have to “constantly negotiate between home and abroad, native culture and adopted culture, or more creatively speaking, between a here, a there, and an elsewhere.” (Trinh T. Minh-ha, Elsewhere, Within Here)
“The fog was so dense that they lost all sense of direction and lost their course at sea . . ." read more
“Historically, African-American people believed that the construction of a homeplace, however fragile and tenuous (the slave hut, the wooden shack), had a radical political dimension . . ." read more
Journeys and perambulations, from ancient Rome to Detroit, and from twentieth-century Damascus to rural Sardinia — these are records tied to specific locales, and which describe place in its real or imagined constituents.
Franz Kafka’s first, and least-finished, novel is an imaginary journey around the USA (a country he never visited). Written in 1912, it’s a fantasy of America at a time when seemed, to Europeans at least, to be the most futuristic (and mysterious) place on Earth.
“All postcards are from the same place, they are from ‘away’.” read
“Some ‘walks’ offer specific routes, others imaginative games or provocations: ‘loiter without intent’. In An Exeter Mis-Guide the city is revealed through oblique engagements, with proposals such as ‘Borrow a dog from a friend. Let it take you for a walk’.” read more
Writing about space from confinement has meant having to write about physical boundaries from memory and, in some cases, spending more hours watching TV for inspiration. The absence of sensory experience has led to new observations and discoveries.
Sitting room Denise bedroom late teens marriage painted ceiling rose lost detail
French enamel chandelier flowers striped awning colours Camden Passage read more
Notes on learning, from childhood to higher education; conversations about architectural education and practice, the role of narrative in education, the physical classroom and online learning.
“Students should be encouraged to start theorising the value of what they are learning during the course and should be given help in doing this.” read more
“Somewhere in The Republic, where he describes the constitution of his ideal State, Plato writes a little about the education of the people who will live in it . . .” read more
“The fifteenth century brought the structure of class to education; it characterizes the group of scholars, the period and the container in which teaching takes place." read more
“Children return, for a few hours, sovereigns of the streets, which become spaces to play in freedom. It is a joyful, although temporary, break in the rhythm of the city.” read more
First year students write about the Renaissance desire to reimagine and re-order the world, manifest in pictorial fantasies, landscape arrangements and urban plans of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
This small digital museum exhibits moments of silence, reflections on loss, layers of time in material culture, slow cinema, instances of remembrance through form, and memories of once-upon-a-time futures.