AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 1

MS-CORE


Image: Johanna Grawunder “Siracusa Walls” 2003, courtesy Gallery Roberto Giustini, Rome


MATERIALITY OF COLOUR 1

Antoni Malinowski
Tues, 2-5pm, TBC

This course focuses on the potential of subtractive colour in creating/manipulating space. Students are encouraged to create their own distinctive notational system that is sensitive to space, time, light and the characteristics of materials. Students will be introduced to the sensibility and materiality of pure pigments with the focus on colour as matter, teaching how to make paint from pigments and to apply it and test it on different surfaces. In a series of workshops students will develop a sensitivity to the use of colour and tone in relation to the dynamics of space and light.



Course Outline


Session 1: SLIDE LECTURE: COLOUR AND SPACE
Tuesday 3 Oct / 7 Nov
- Slide lecture
- Colour fundamentals
- Discussion about different possibilities of working with colour – students own experience, cultural conditioning and traditions.

Session 2: PIGMENTS AND BINDERS – WORKSHOP
Tuesday 10 Oct / 14 Nov
- Short discussion about the individual ideas/proposals
- Short talk about pigments, binders and paints
- Beginning practical work

Session 3: THINKING AND MAKING WITH COLOUR – WORKSHOP
Tuesday 17 Oct / 21 Nov
- Practical work continues – students learn how to make paint from pigments and also other methods of working with pigments, paints or inks. Students individually develop their projects (models, samples or other 3D forms)
- We shall talk and discuss various colour related topics as the work develops

Session 4: MAKING AND THINKING THROUGH COLOUR – WORKSHOP
Tuesday 24 Oct / 28 Nov
- Finishing of the individual works
- Final course submission



Submission Requirements:
It’s a practical, workshop based course – therefore the participation in the workshop sessions is mandatory. The final piece will be a 3D colour construct and a good documentation of the making/thinking process.



Bibliography / Suggested reading list:
Colour related essays on the Saturated Space website www.saturatedspace.org
Junihiro Tanizaki “In Praise of Shadows”
ohn Gage “ Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction”
Joseph Albers “Interaction of Colour” Paul Hills “Venetian Colour”
Fiona McLachlan and Anne N. Neser “Colour Strategies in Architecture”