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 1

MS-CORE


Image: Daniel Libeskind – Writing Machine


PRINTED MATTER

Caroline Rabourdin
Weds, 10am-1pm, 32 First Floor Back

Printed Matter is the name of a NY bookshop entirely dedicated to artists’ books, their dissemination and, sometimes, production. This year, Printed Matter will extend its focus from artists’ books onto architects’ books, whilst continuing to explore the form of the book both critically and practically. We will visit the Tate library and the AA Archive, we will be introduced to printing and typography at the St Bride Foundation and learn new techniques from bookbinder Douglas Bevans. The aim of the course is to carefully consider paperspace and experiment with both its format and materiality in the context of a personal project.

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Course Outline

Session 1: OFF SITE VISIT: TATE BRITAIN LIBARY
Wednesday 5th Oct
Group visit to the Tate Library’s where a selection of Artists’ books will be presented by the curators.

Session 2: AA ARCHIVE
Wednesday 12th Oct
Presentation of a selection of Architects’ books by archivist Ed Bottoms.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion, where students will bring material reflecting their personal interests.

Session 3: OFF-SITE VISIT: ST BRIDE FOUNDATION LIBRARY
Wednesday 19th Oct
Group visit to the St Bride collection of typographic literature. Presentation of printing styles, press construction principles, ink making and introduction to typography.

Session 4: BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP / ARTIST TALK
Wednesday 26th Oct
Workshop led by guest bookbinder artist Douglas Bevans

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: BOOK PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS
Wednesday 9th Nov
Students will present their first draft proposal and explain their choice of paper, format, layout, fonts etc.

Session 6: PRESENTATION BY WAYNE DALY, DESIGNER AND CO-FOUNDER OF BEDFORD PRESS
Wednesday 16th Nov
The presentation will focus on the various stages of book production and will be followed by individual tutorials on book project.

Session 7: PRESENTATION BY ANDREW WHITTAKER AT THE AA BOOKSHOP
Wednesday 23rd Nov
The presentation will focus on publishing and distribution of Architects’ books, and will be followed by individual tutorials on book project.

Session 8: PRESENTATION
Wednesday 30th Nov
Students Book Launch