Dr Andrew Hewish
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. Form can be used wilfully to justify claims and to reinforce power structures. Form is sometimes in retreat from us – our relation to objects is one of estrangement. What is the relation between theories of the object and form? If language can be thought of as linking signifier to signifier – what formal elements remain to carry over in the word? What are words as form? Are we hosts for the continuance of form? Does it somehow inhabit us to replicate itself? What does the body know in relation to form? What is our relation to the form of bodies, including our own? What are the aesthetics of politics – of power and its subversion? What periods and value systems emphasise the primacy of form? What form therefore should a dissertation take?
We cover the aesthetics of power; form as propaganda; scale; Riefenstahl; Germania; History as mythopoesis. We cover forms of subversion, refusal and difference. We cover classical rhetoric and modern speech; text as form; the remainder and the unsaid; aporia. We cover when the body speaks as form; and sensing form and muteness. We cover – the mystic existence of form; and form as the Object; Speculative Materiality; Form and Encounter; the Music of the Spheres; Pythagoreans; the Bauhaus as cult. We cover the endurance of Form; the Logic of Form; and Essay and Essayism as form.
Programme and bibliography
Aesthetics of power — Form as propaganda — Scale.
Riefenstahl, Germania. History as mythopoesis.
- Damisch, Hugh., 1994. The Origin of Perspective. Cambridge: MIT Press
- Mackenzie, Michael, 2003. From Athens to Berlin: The 1936 Olympics and Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia. Critical Inquiry 2003 29:2, 302-336
- Meyer, Michael., 1975. 'The Nazi Musicologist as Myth Maker in the Third Reich', in Journal of Contemporary History, Vol.10, 1 /10/ 1975 pp. 649-665.
Forms of subversion, refusal and difference.
Cage, Rauschenberg, Bartleby, Proust, Baudelaire, Bunuel, Tanizaki, Diogenes, Jazz, Gandhi, Wilde
- Carson, Anne., 1995. "The Gender of Sound", in Glass, Irony and God. New York: New Direction Books
- Dworkin, Craig, "The Stutter of Form", in Perloff, M., Dworkin, C., The Sound of Poetry, the Poetry of Sound. London: University of Chicago Press, cop. 2009.
- Lyotard, J.F, 1984. Driftworks. New York: Semiotext(e)
- Lyotard, J.F., 2011. Discourse, Figure. Minneapolis: Minnesota
- Sloterdijk, P., 1988. Critique of Cynical Reason. (M.Eldred, trans.). New York: Verso
Classical rhetoric and modern speech. Text as form. The remainder and the unsaid. Aporia.
Luther King, Agamben, Carson.
- Agamben, g., 2009. Signature of all Things. Cambridge: MIT Press
- Fredal, J., 2011. ‘Rhetoric and Bullshit’, in College English. Vol. 73, No. 3 (January 2011), pp. 243-259
- Sappho, 2002. If Not, Winter - Fragments of Sappho. (A.Carson,trans.) New York: A A Knopf
- Twombly, C., 1991. Letter of Resignation. Munich: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag
The body speaks as form. Sensing form and muteness.
Chris Krauss. Kristeva. Bowery. Aman.
- Butler, J 1993, Bodies that matter: on the discursive limits of “sex”, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.
- Chris Kraus, 2018. Aliens & Anorexia. London : Tuskar Rock Press
- Massumi, B 2002, Parables for the virtual: movement, affect, sensation, Duke University Press, USA.
- Polanyi, M., 2009. The Tacit Dimension. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
- Snorton, C. Riley, 2014. Nobody Is Supposed to Know – Black Sexuality on the Down Low. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
The mystic existence of Form. The Object. Speculative Materiality. Form and Encounter.
The Music of the Spheres. Pythagoreans. The Bauhaus as Cult
- Hiller, S 2006, ‘Working through objects’, in C Merewether (ed.), The archive. Documents of contemporary art, MIT Press, Cambridge, pp. 41-8.
- Perloff, Majorie., 1999. The Poetics of Indeterminacy. Evanston: Northwestern University Press
- Tanizaki, Junichiro., 1977. In Praise of Shadows. Chicago: Leete’s Island Books
- Winckelmann, J.,1759/2013. ‘Description of the Torso in the Belvedere in Rome’ in D. Carter (trans.) Johann Joachim
- Wojnarowicz, David. 1991. Close to the Knives: a Memoir of Disintegration. New York : Vintage Books
- Meillasoux, Quentin., 2009. After Finitude. London: Continuum
- Winckelmann, Johaan.,1759/2013. ‘Description of the Torso in the Belvedere in Rome’ in D. Carter (trans.) Johann Joachim
- Winckelmann on Art, Architecture, and Archeology. London: Camden House
The Endurance of Form. The Logic of Form.
Essay and Essayism
- Bryant, Levi, 2011. The Democracy of Objects. Ann Arbor : Open Humanities Press
- Didi-Huberman, G., 2017. The Surviving Image: Phantoms of Time and Time of Phantoms: Aby Warburg's History of Art. H. Mendelsohn (Trans). University Park: Penn State Press
- Kittler, F., 2012. Optical Media. Malden: Polity Press
Studio Image by Andrew Hewish. Banner image: Hans Op de Beeck, Staging Silence (3), video still (detail), 2019
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’.