This seminar series will address feminist practices within architecture, history and activism.
Feminist Approaches to Text and Space: This series has been adapted to reflect the changing space and pace of remote teaching but much of the work we do will be collaborative – you will work on small research projects as part of a group, and we will work together as a cohort to analyse texts and interpret documents. In this way we will not be very different from two of the historic projects we will look at together, projects that were conducted before the internet, slowly, and at a physical distance, as well as between and within the ‘rest’ of the participants lives – tucked into spare moments, at the end or start of a day, while a pot simmered or a baby slept. What these piecemeal and distant modes of research, collection and publication tell us before we look into content, is something important about the labour involved in the creation and communication of knowledge. Both projects also paid attention to the everyday lives of women and men, refusing accepted categories of rigour, relevance and acceptability. The seminar series will introduce you to a wide range of approaches to research, preparing and supporting you in the creation of original dissertations.
- Feminist Projects: Magazines, buildings, research – collaborative research exercise
- How do we teach absences?
- Matrix, Yasmeen Lari, Lina Bo Bardi
- Remaking the world – How are essays written?
- History workshop – Computing, embroidery, domestic architecture
- Bad research – Getting ready for the dissertation
Readings and references
- Discrimination by Design, Leslie Kanes Weisman
- The Spare Rib archive at the British Library
- Where are the Women Architects?, Despina Stratigakos
- "Language", in: Teaching to transgress, bell hooks
- Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, Linda Tuhiwai Smith
- "Vessels", Emilia Weber
- "How to Pick a Smart Lock", Miranda Hall
- "Pubs, Pads and Squats", Ben Highmore
- The Subversive Stitch, Rozika Parker
- The Grand Domestic Revolution, Dolores Hayden
- Zeroes and Ones, Sadie Plant
- Rhetorical Spaces, Lorraine Code
- "Doing and Cooking", Luce Giard
- Go to reception and ask for Sara in red felt tip, Holly Pester
- Landscape for a Good Woman, Carolyn Steedman
Studio image: Anne-Marie Schneider. Banner: Hans Op de Beeck, Staging Silence (3), video still (detail), 2019
Dissertation Studios 2020–21
Studio 01: Another Place
Out of a direct treatment of place, whether subjective or objective, emerges another place. It is neither new, nor fixed in time, but it has remained unexplored, scarcely documented – piles of lime and useless cicadas.
Studio 02: Feminist Approaches
The Dissertation Studio 02 seminar series will address feminist practices within architecture, history and activism.
Studio 03: Narrative and Storytelling
This studio focuses on modes of storytelling and narrative conventions. We will particularly consider how narrative intersects with, and informs, identity.
Studio 04: The Conquest of Joy
This studio encourages dialogues around the cultural production at a time when narratives founded on certainty have ceased to make sense.
Studio 05: This is my truth; show me yours: Post-truth, propaganda and bulls**t
This studio will look at the emergence of the notion of "post truth" and explore links between other ideas around propaganda and Harry Frankfurt’s argument about "bulls**t". We will consider the usefulness of these ideas, and how they can be explored in creative practice.
Studio 06: The Practice of Space – Writing Atmospheres in Art and Architecture
Nico de Oliveira
Dissertation Studio 06 looks at space as practice, since each location is a mutable entity framed as a moment in time, populated by individuals and shaped by their actions as artists, musicians, curators, designers, architects, writers and spectators.
Studio 07: Meaningful Work
This studio will consider the value of making in itself, independent of the product or outcome, exploring the idea of craft as meaningful work.
Studio 08: Speak, Form.
Dissertation Studio 8 asks: How is it that form might speak? This studio looks at the power of rhetoric, of the medium as message, of the figure as discourse.
Studio 09: Thinking with Ruins
This studio pays heed to these cultural forms and persuasions but asks, how might we productively think with ruins in the present?
Studio 10: Sport and Aesthetics
Dissertation Studio 10 will examine the concept of aesthetics as applied within that most everyday activity: sport.
Studio 11: Le Marteau Sans Maître (The Hammer without a Master)
In a networked world where knowledge and information seems to be accessible everywhere and in any form; and where people in distant places appear to speak to us in real time from our computer screens, Studio 11 tries to imagine an ‘immediate’ and performative experience of the world – outside language and not shaped by our intellect and will.
Studio 12: Material Culture and Transcultural Exchanges
Dissertation Studio 12 is concerned with the increasing complexity of the material and symbolic flows of fashion, textile, artefact and commodity.
Studio 13: B(read)
Focussing on two of life’s key ingredients, reading and bread, this Dissertation Studio offers sessions that will encourage you to experience and experiment with both.
Studio 14: Rewilding
In this Dissertation Studio, we will examine some of the many ways in which art, architecture, and design connect to the discourse on rewilding.
Studio 15: “If I stay silent nothing will change”: Identity, Politics, Social Change and Creative Culture(s)
This cross-disciplinary studio considers how power, culture, politics, identity, representation, activism, social media, and mass culture theory intersect with a range of arts practices, including photography, architecture, design and fine art, film studies, fashion and music, sound, pop art, and theatre.
Studio 16: A Material World
This Dissertation Studio will be based on the processes that are intrinsic to the design and making of textiles, however it will also be looking at the materiality of these textiles as objects.
Studio 17: Souvenir
This studio is concerned with those objects that are lent a particular enchantment because of their relationship with the past. It considers the role of memory and how it is embodied in cultural artefacts.
Studio 18: Modes of Human Exchange (Being-with and without)
This studio considers the current (exceptional) conditions of human exchange in a broader historical/social context, highlighting how facial/bodily gestures and the decorum of their physical/ambient surroundings have provided essential clues to the way we respond to, and interact with, the ‘other’.