Seed 2 Scene mayo 25, 2010Posted by christian saucedo in Exhibitions.
Creations by Architecture Association School students take root in a disused building in Covent Garden to mark the start of Seed 2 Scene: A two week programme of FREE events, talks, and performances run by the Architecture Association School’s Interprofessional Studio to help bring creatives and entrepreneurs together during economically tough times. The events provide networks, advice and most importantly, inspiration to the next generation of young creative talent from all disciplines, not just architecture.
Now more than ever the creative industries need support and encouragement to ensure they continue to flourish and survive in difficult economic times. The creative industries are worth in excess of £50 billion a year to the UK economy and within four years are expected to employ more people than financial services.
The aim of the project is to create new ways of bringing people together to form new and unexpected ideas and outcomes. Forthcoming events range from a dance performance from New Movement, a collective of choreographers with a long history of unusual collaborations through to a careers surgery enabling young creative individuals and businesses to seek advice from established professionals.
Hexagon installation in the ‘soft room’ designed Architecture Association School’s Interprofessional Studio participants Emu Masuyama, Eugene Soler, Raluca Grada, Prayrika Mathur and Vikrant Tike. The structure of the ‘soft room’, the chairs, tables and the Hexagon Dress – are all made from leftover sheet materials. The Hexagon Dress becomes a moving extension to the overall installation of the softroom.
The ‘Darker space’ designed by this years AAIS participants Emu Masuyama, Eugene Soler, Raluca Grada, Prayrika Mathur and Vikrant Tike, is made from edge wood, giving the design a dark rough outside and a smooth light inside.
Seed 2 Scene, run by the Architecture Association School takes place at 1- 4 Dryden Street, London, WC2E 9NB from 18 – 31 May 2010. Events are free but must be booked in advance.
Full list of events at: http://aais.aaschool.ac.uk/?page_id=274.
AA Inter-professional Studio, which started in January 2009, is creating a new field of activity at the AA. Working in between art, architecture and performance, the AAIS can reach professions, create partnerships and stimulate students that otherwise might not have worked with, or within, the Architectural Association. It is the first course at the AA to invite professionals from creative disciplines as diverse as product design, the fine arts and curating to work and study within the AA on actual projects of various kinds and scales.
The AAIS operates as an interdisciplinary project office. The deliverable nature of the studio’s applied projects acts as a generator for the participants work and collaborations. It is through the intensity of the design process, which results from the work’s actual delivery, that a high standard of outcome, and with it a high level of publicity, has been guaranteed. This year the AAIS, in collaboration with the Theaterhaus Jena and the school’s Emtech programme, constructed in a very short time (January to May), and with an incredibly small budget, one of the largest projects ever built by students at the AA: a fully functional 20m x 20m x 8m public lobby and performance space for the Theatre of Jena, as well as a series of events, installations, performances and projections related to the festival and the building. The structure will be brought back to London in September to conclude the studio’s first year with a performance.
Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange is one of the studio’s core points of focus. To highlight this, the AAIS hosted a month-long exhibition and ’salon’ in the AA Front Members Room, reinstating it as the place of conversation and discussion. In a series of talks and symposia, artists, designers, film-makers, scientists and publishers, critics and writers came together to discuss their collaborations. The exhibition itself highlighted the studio’s own collaborations, both internal and with its various project partners including the Bauhaus Lab, Theaterhaus Jena and Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. The remarkably intense and richly successful collaborations have yielded unexpected and exciting results. It is unlikely that any of the participants, working alone in their respective disciplines, could ever have achieved the same kind of results, and we are looking forward to the next phase of collective experimentation.