David Price

Studio 24: Words in Space

Lettering: Other people's wardrobes.

Studio brief

What happens when language interacts with space? What kind of a medium can writing be? What kind of things are words? How do words behave in spaces? How can a practitioner write 'with' their work? What is language, anyway? What is a question mark, and what does a question "mark"?

This Dissertation Studio revolves around questions such as these. The first seven weeks of teaching will involve visits and study sessions reflecting on the role words play in the visual world, in performative spaces and in the urban environment. On words inside and outside of writing. These visits are aimed to stimulate conversation and critical discussion within the group. There will be a screening of key experimental films, but otherwise these sessions will take place away from The Cass building.

Any dissertation topic will gain something vital and subtle from paying attention to writing as a medium, and to the forms of language that belong to the topic's subject matter. The studio will also be especially relevant if you are interested in the following notions:

  • writing per se
  • writing as a medium
  • 'art writing'
  • narrative
  • the display of text
  • typography and the transmission of language
  • the language carried by buildings and the idea of writing and reading the built environment
  • the role language plays in performance
  • the 'practice of theory'
  • text as a form of illustration
  • interdisciplinary discourse
  • the encyclopaedic

Summer preparation:

Prepare a short and very open 10-minute presentation about your initial dissertation ideas for the first group meeting. This can take any form, for example a powerpoint, a narrative or a diagram.

Reading list

  1. Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature, trans. by Ann Smock (Nebraska: University Nebraska Press, 1989)
  2. Pierre Cabanne, Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, trans. by Ron Padgett (Boston: Da Capo, 1979)
  3. Don DeLillo, The Body Artist (New York: Scribner, 2001)
  4. Charles Harrison, Essays on Art and Language (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1991)
  5. Orhan Pamuk, The New Life, trans. by Güneli Gün (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)


Tutor David Price

Tutor Biography

Dissertation Studios

Studio 1: Another India

Harriet McKay

Studio 1: Another India will examine, reflect upon and critique the historic use of "exotic" motifs in design.

Studio 3: Music is the Weapon: Performance, Culture and the Music Industry

Christina Paine

Studio 3: Music is the Weapon: Performance, Culture and the Music Industry is an exploration of race, gender, class and more in music.

Studio 4: What Not to Wear?

Emma Davenport

Studio 4: What Not to Wear? will investigate the roles that dress and fashion play in our workplaces.

Studio 5: Imperfect Theories

Ektoras Arkomanis

Studio 5: Imperfect Theories allows you to critically examine any work that can be seen as theory or presents an interesting relationship with theory.

Studio 6: Curating Contemporary Art: From the Wunderkammer to Installation art

Nico de Oliveira

Studio 6: Curating Contemporary Art examines the impact of curatorial practice on art.

Studio 7: Fashioning culture: clothing and the shaping of identity

Dr Lesley Stevenson

Studio 7: Fashioning culture will examine critically the links between fashion, clothing and identity.

Studio 8: Pleasure, Excess and Dirt

Edwina Attlee

Studio 8 explores ideas of category, definition, identification and belonging through the examination of a series of objects and behaviours that appear to be in the wrong place instead of the right place.

Studio 9: The Continuing Lives of Objects

Danielle Hewitt

Studio 9: The Continuing Lives of Objects uses debates about change and preservation explore ideas within architecture.

Studio 10: Critical Theory and Critical Design. Artefacts, Images, Sites, Processes in Graphics and Illustration

Dipti Bhagat with Christopher Emmett

Studio 10 requires deep commitment and completion of critical theory and design for graphic design and illustration.

Studio 12: London Walking

Clare Qualmann

Studio 12: London Walking looks at walking as a mode of creatively appropriating the city, with particular attention to our own city, London.

Studio 14: All in the best possible Taste

Dr John Cross

Studio 14: 'All in the best possible Taste' examines the historical influencers of taste, style and fashion.

Studio 15: Music, Technology and Ideas

Lewis Jones

Studio 15: Music, Technology and Ideas encourages you to explore how and why we make music, including its origin, relationship to technology and more.

Studio 16: Narrative and Storytelling

Jon Baldwin

Studio 16: Narrative and Storytelling will see you produce storygraphs, storyboards and various forms of narrative analysis in the seminars.

Studio 17: Knowing Audiences

Jeremy Collins

Studio 17: Knowing Audiences will encourage you to study an audience group using qualitative research methods in your investigations.

Studio 19: Material in Motion

Heidi Yeo

Studio 19: Material in Motion will explore why an audience will put time, money and thought into acquiring an object.

Studio 20: Image ethics: Form, meaning and context

Dr Nick Haeffner

Studio 20: Image ethics: Form, meaning and context explores the aesthetics of the image and its role within fantasy, desire and social memory.

Studio 21: The Nonsensical Realm III

Joseph Kohlmaier

Studio 21: The Nonsensical Realm is a cross-disciplinary studio. This year it will engage with the idea of metaphor in art, architecture, design and music.

Studio 22: Meaningful work

Paul Harper

Studio 22: Meaningful work explores the value of making and the idea of craft as meaningful work.

Studio 23: A Common Thread

Gina Pierce

Studio 23: A Common Thread examines the relationship between textiles and everyday life, including its design, trade, sustainability and more.

Studio 24: Words in Space

David Price

Studio 24: Words in Space reflects on the role that words play in our visual world, performative spaces and the urban environment.

Cass Studios archive by year