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

INTERMEDIATE / Term 2

MS-CORE


Image: Antoni Malinowski “ Bridging Colours Seoul”, 2010 ( performance: Yong Min Cho )


INFLECTED SPACE 2/3/2D

Anderson Inge / Antoni Malinowksi
Weds, 10-1pm, Room TBC in Term 2

This course will develop in-the-moment design thinking, with each session focused on vocabularies
of form, making-studies, discussions, and image production.

With incessant transitions between 2D, 3D, 2D, and so on, our digital-free sessions will actively develop your design ideas. We will grapple with the richness to be had from the indefinite connections between tangible form and the experience of the architectural space that results. Students will gain confidence to negotiate and re-negotiate the void, the unknown that is at the centre of every design process that realises spatial experience from form decisions.

The course will offer a raw focus on fundamental, abstract aspects of form. Through the series of working sessions we will exercise line, tone, colour, texture, shape, space and rhythm. We will start with 2D studies, moving quickly to 3D studies and even 4D studies through the use of movement. The spatial and perceptual impact of these studies will be discussed and analysed throughout the sessions. These processes will clarifying a vocabulary of form, and show how its use can enable the process of design.

The final stage of your work will include photography of the 3D construct and presenting it in a chosen format that may include projecting the image within the 3D architectural space. Through this process we will again re-examine all the elements that conspire to make 2D and 3D shapes, forms, constructs. Your submitted work will include a single high-res photograph resulting from your 2/3/2D constructs, plus a booklet documenting you explorations through the term.



Course Outline

Session 1: INTRODUCTION
Wednesday 11th Jan
Introduction -- develop confidence for design thinking, in the moment....
Slide talk related to Form / Colour;
‘Talk & draw’ drawing exercise: translating language to lines, space and shapes
Using drawing to clarifying a design challenge
Introducing the drawing format for the term sessions: working at A2, on the wall

Session 2: TRANSFORMING 2D INTO 3D
Wednesday 18th Jan
Second drawing exercise - enlarging and abstracting from the previous drawing
Working with tone - b/w contrasts, shades of grey ... transforming 2D into 3D
‘tone-alone’ drawing exercise – exploring collage
Exploring changes in texture, material and scale in wall constructions
Photography of interim works

Session 3: TOOLING UP
Wednesday 25th Jan
Introducing more tools: the cube method for drawing perspectives simply; the box
frame; multiple thumbnails; using a tone scale
Transformations in 3D, using colour, tone and texture

Session 4: WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY & PROJECTIONS
Wednesday 1st Feb
Developing a road map for how you intend to reveal, study and develop a unique design
challenge. Clarifying intentions, without fixing outcome.
Photographing the transformations
Group response to 3D and photo transformations
Working with the projections of the images further transformations in 2D ( implied 3D )

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: PERFORMANCE - MOVEMENT WITH SPACE
Wednesday 15th Feb
Active tutored working in the architectural context
Interpretive performance by guest artist

Session 6: PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
Wednesday 22nd Feb
Finishing the final construct documenting the work
Final photography session in space with professional photographer

Session 7: WORKING REVIEW SESSION
Wednesday 1st March
Participatory review discussion using drawing as a review tool

Session 8: PRESENTATION
Wednesday 8th March