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
Inigo Minns
Acting Department Head
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

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

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR / Term 1

MS-CORE



PERIPHERAL LANDSCAPES

Sue Barr
Tues, 2-5pm, 32 First Floor Front

This course will use digital photography to examine landscape[s] at the edges of the city; where urban/suburban landscapes are both complex and mysterious and the photograph is discovered only through committed observation. We will take inspiration from a new vision that developed within Italian photography in the 70s and 80s when a generation of photographers emerged who were drawn to explore invisible landscapes, marginal spaces, the forgotten corners of ordinary towns. Rejecting the iconic, they created a new photographic paradigm that privileged the regional and celebrated landscapes of the everyday. This course is designed to use photography to observe, perceive and reveal; to slowly see our chosen site.

Students will be encouraged to reject the digital camera’s propensity for speed and excessive production of photographs, instead we will treat the digital photograph as a rare commodity where the individual image is created through prolonged consideration. The course will be undertaken using digitial SLR cameras; a workshop in the first class will provide a thorough introduction to all aspects of these cameras. [The AA has a number of digital SLR cameras available to borrow if necessary]



Course Outline


Session 1: LANDSCAPE & URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY LECTURE,
                  TECHNICAL CAMERA CONTROL WORKSHOP

Tuesday 4 Oct / 8 Nov

Session 2: SITE VISIT AND PRACTICAL CAMERA WORKSHOP
Tuesday 11 Oct / 15 Nov

Session 3: CLASS DISCUSSION AND REVIEW OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Tuesday 18 Oct / 22 Nov

Session 4: CLASS DISCUSSION AND PROJECT SUBMISSION
Tuesday 25 Oct / 29 Nov