Studio 01: ideas in places

Studio brief

In the time of Athens
the girls would laugh in the doorways of squat little houses all the same
(as in the poor quarters of Rio);
houses along avenues filled, at the time,
with the fragrance (you couldn’t remember the name) of lindens.

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Athens (1971)

This studio prescribes a direct treatment of place, whether subjective or objective. We will not engage with ideas abstractly, but with ideas as they are manifested in places—small-scale locales that are defined by a unique characteristic or condition; eg event, myth, ritual, conflict, etc.

The place you choose to write about may be:

Places do not remain fixed in time; they have temporal layers—they are repositories of human endeavour and investment. You will investigate place-defining features, such as the following:

Over the summer:

  1. Explore the above links for inspiration.
  2. Choose the place you want to investigate. Start reading and recording your thoughts. Consider which of the place-making and place-defining features mentioned above you would like to explore.
  3. Register as a reader in the British Library. Visit it and familiarize yourself with how it works. Start exploring their collections and find relevant material.

Note: Studio 1 also accepts topics which are not about place, if you think that the exploration and understanding of a specific place can aid the investigation of your topic.

Image: Paul Klee, Episode at Kairouan, 1920

Paul Klee, Episode at Kairouan, 1920


Tutor Ektoras Arkomanis

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