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


Image: Kanthak Pearce, Inversion

FOREST FORENSICS 1

MARA KANTHAK and THOMAS PEARCE
Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm, 32FFF

This course stages a forensic dialogue between Hooke Park and Bedford Square, the former as landscape of fabricated truth, the latter as a lab for the analysis and production of its evidence. Using 3D Lidar and photogrammetric scanning, mesh/NURBS modelling, digital fabrication and parametric simulation/animation, it reads natural geometry as a projection plane for meaning by designing and fabricating sub-millimetre accurate surgical incisions into its found fabric. Based on hyper-precise digital captures of Hooke Park, students invent, simulate and re-enact scenes and produce physical artefacts, which, once planted and documented in the landscape, form the evidence of their undisputable truth.



Course Outline

Session 1: THE WITNESS
Wednesday 4th Oct
- Introduction to the brief
- Digital visit of pre-dissolved site (witness: Lidar, vehicle: Rhinoceros)
- Introducing the logics of Miniatures, Landscapes & Inversions - parametric simulations (pre-coded, no prior knowledge required)

Session 2: DIGITAL DEBRIS
Wednesday 11th Oct
- Physical destruction, digital reconstruction, speculative population of simulated site with digitized fragments.
- Introducing object scanning, data processing & introduction to clouds, meshes, Nurbs.

Session 3: RE-ENACT
Wednesday 18th Oct
- Activating the digital debris through speculative forensics of its destruction: flight paths and states of decay
- Workflow: continuous translations from digital to analogue, from sketches to sub-millimetre precision, from digitization to materialisation

Session 4: FABRICATING EVIDENCE
Wednesday 25th Oct
- Design and fabricate: prototypes – sketch, scan, evaluate

OPEN WEEK

Session 5-6-7: PLANTING PROOF
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th Nov (Hooke Park)
- Hooke Park Sessions: On-site insertion of inverted miniatures, documentation through film, photography and drawing.

Session 8: THE TRIAL
Wednesday 29th Nov
- MS Jury Day