INDEX, the RMIT Interior Design graduate exhibition opened last night, after a year of hard work planning, fundraising, designing and making by the graduating class and their tutors. Many thanks to Pandarosa for another amazing job on the identity, publication and environmental graphics, and to Rob Sowter and Rohan Bevan for their help onsite with the exhibition build.
I gave a 30 minute lecture, “Air–Atmospheres–Breath–Affects,” in a public elevator at the RMIT Design Hub to a group of ten students. The lift space moved up and down according to the demands of other building users, and there were noticeable changes in air temperature between the lift itself, upper floors and the ground floor and basement levels. The presentation set up an unexpected environment for others to step into, a chance encounter with a short fragment of the lecture as they moved between floors. As a performance, the lecture created an intimate space where breath was shared, and the elevator was understood as a means of shifting parcels of air around the building.
Thanks to Scott Andrew Elliott for holding the projector!
Images to come…
In this intensive workshop elective students will take part in the construction of an installation project at the Design Hub developed by Chris Cottrell (RMIT), Scott Andrew Elliott (Aalto University, Finland) and Olivia Pintos-Lopez (RMIT).The course will begin with an introduction to a series of experimental art–architecture spatial practices and ways in which the construction of environments can test and probe relationships between the body and architecture.
Students will participate with the building process in creating an experimental installation, sourcing found materials, learning and developing techniques of making, engaging in team work, experiencing the challenges of collaborative, open-ended exploratory process first-hand, developing techniques for careful and intensive documentation of a process, and learning about research through the practice of making.
This course focuses on developing critical design practice by constructing experimental spaces, particularly in getting to know the hands-on practical skills for realizing a medium/large-scale collaborative project, and how this process of construction and its documentation can become integral to a research enquiry.
ONE to ONE was a Masters of Architecture studio that I developed and co-taught at the University of Melbourne. The studio investigated materiality and immateriality through methods of architectural representation, focusing on an expanded notion of architectural drawing. The design process began with material/immaterial explorations, before moving to the production of a detail drawing at 1:1 scale. Students were asked to consider material and spatial relationships with the body, before developing a larger architectural proposition.