After 29 March 2019 the UK will have to re-think its identity and question who is Britain? This impending date marks our exit of the European Union and the start of a new chapter in British history. With every culture, sub-culture and tribe comes a unique set of identities, rituals, traditions, customs, myths and folklore. These specific practices are enacted hourly, daily, monthly and yearly. With multiculturalism and the ever-increasing ease of mobility and mass communication we have never been so exposed to the rich wealth of the diversity on offer, however, with globalisation we find values of heritage, tradition and culture to be increasingly endangered by global market forces and mass production. As a result it could be argued that global communities are increasingly alike, without any idiosyncrasies of local individuality and identity. Our core interest this year lies in the unique, the bespoke, the tailor-made, the specific and our goal is to explore, discover and invent unique realities which house super-specific designs for super-specific cultures, sub-cultures and tribes.
The projects will be situated within Cecil Sharp House, the heart of English Folk Music, and home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in Camden. Interventions will become bespoke responses to a chosen culture, sub-cultures or tribes rituals, traditions and customs.
Photo credit: Sam Brown
Studio Int 02: State of Independence Live Project
Kaye Newman and Janette Harris
The last few years has seen a significant growth of co-working spaces that operate in the adapted shells of buildings whose original purpose has become redundant. The premise of operating together with shared facilities seems to be a good economic model where different businesses can share the costs and in turn network, expanding business opportunities. However, what of the individual company, what of their identity – how does this manifest itself as separate and distinct entity?
Studio Int 03: Portraits D’Intérieurs
Cecilia Sjoholm and Iain Hales
Taking the notion ‘room portrait’ – the idea that a room may describe an individual as well as a portraitist might – the studio will develop designs for a series of rooms that are representative or evocative of a person, or a particular character, of each student’s choosing.
Studio Int 04: Im/Permeable
Andrew Siddall and Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
The way we access cultural and public buildings is fundamental to our engagement with them: how familiar, comfortable and at ease we are within them, and the degree to which we feel a sense of ownership of them. We will focus on scenography: the site and building as an architectural stage set, choreographing immersive interactions and creating a ‘theatre of the everyday’.
Studio Int 05: Aberrant Architecture
Kevin Haley and Sam Brown
After 29 March 2019 the UK will have to re-think its identity and question who is Britain? This impending date marks our exit of the European Union and the start of a new chapter in British history. With every culture, sub-culture and tribe comes a unique set of identities, rituals, traditions, customs, myths and folklore.