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

INTERMEDIATE / Term 1

MS-CORE



FLUIDS / FABRICS / FORCES / FORMS

THOMAS RANDALL PAGE
Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm, NJR

This course aims to explore the relationship between forces and forms through the medium of fluids and fabrics.

- Fluids – Principally liquids and gases, fluids will be the primary agents in our experimentation. We will explore how processes may cause fluids to change state via melting, evaporating sublimating, freezing, crystalizing, reacting and going-off.
- Fabrics – from geotextiles to soap film, fabrics are the flexible barriers that allow us to control the movement and mixing of fluids.
- Forces – differences in pressure, density, viscosity and elasticity produce forces that will be manipulated to produce a myriad of forms.
- Forms - our world is simply full of geometries which are derived from these elemental relationships. In this course you will explore hands on the fundamental physics which link a drop of mercury to a zeppelin, a granite tor to a soap bubble, and a waterbed to a beer gut.

We use a methodology of analogue experimentation and critical analysis to produce artefacts. These objects may become 1:1 prototypes of details or scale models of far larger structures or they may just teach you about the universe.



Course Outline

Session 1: PHENOMENA
Wednesday 4th Oct
Course introduction
My background in architecture and sculpture
An introduction to Fluids, Fabrics, Forces and Forms
Trip to Institute of Making

Session 2: FOCUS
Wednesday 11th Oct
Pairs of students will find a process or interaction to study
Tutorials to plan 1st experiment
Materials list

Session 3: MATERIAL EXPERIMENT
Wednesday 18th Oct
Practical material play session.

Session 4: ANALYSIS OF OUTPUTS
Wednesday 25th Oct
Speculation into variables
Emotive responses

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: GAINING CONTROL
Wednesday 8h Nov
Further practical experimentation into critical factors

Session 6: VARIATIONS
Wednesday 15th Nov
Development of selected outputs through iterative development
Workshop & Tutorials

Session 7: CONCLUSIONS
Wednesday 22rd Nov
Recording and ordering of outputs
Speculation into applications

Session 8: AA MEDIA JURY DAY // PRESENTATION
Wednesday 29th Nov
Demonstration and explanation
Discussion with invited guests