look funny glasses

Commissioned for a conference cocktail party event, these “Look funny glasses” playfully amplify and distort the repeated circular patterns that cover the RMIT Design Hub building. Based on stenopeic glasses, the perforated lenses only allow very narrow beams of light to enter the eye, increasing the depth of field and exercising eye muscles.

The close spacing of the perforations can also lead to moments of double-vision and disorientation. Continuing the trajectory of a series of architectural installations that engaged with the spatial and optical qualities of the building, this project takes a lighter, more provisional approach in line with a practice I call ‘studio sketching’. Thanks to Caitlyn Parry for the laser cutting expertise!

paper : the complexity of containment

My paper ‘The complexity of containment’ has been published in the first issue of the journal IE:Studio, published by Interior Educators — the peak body for interior design education in the UK.

Co-authored with Olivia Hamilton and Andy Miller, the paper discusses a ‘integrated teaching model’ that we have developed through teaching and restructuring the first year interior design curriculum at RMIT University.

The full paper is available to read here.

guest lecture for AUT spatial design

I gave an invited guest lecture on the relationships between interiors and moving images to final year students in the Bachelor of Spatial Design at Auckland University of Technology. My talk was titled ‘Building–relations, moving images and the practice of architectural judo’ and spanned the work of Pipilotti Rist, Sylvia Lavin, Lucy McRae, Daniel Crooks and Joanna Hogg’s 2013 film ‘Exhibition’, alongside a selection of my own projects.

paper : notes for atmospheric–making

My paper Notes for Atmospheric–Making has been published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac 22, no. 1, edited by Lanfranco Aceti, Paul Thomas, and Edward Colless and published by MIT Press. The full paper is available to read here.

Abstract: Taking turbulence as both a conceptual driver and organizational strategy, this paper examines the coming together of particular ideas, materials, and processes in a collection of recent drawings, installations, and performative works. These projects were developed through an experimental practice of ‘atmospheric-making,’ which involves reciprocal capacities of affecting and being affected by atmospheres. Within this two-way dynamic between the particular and the atmospheric, new qualities emerge from the interplay between particles and systems.

Three modes of crossing between the particular and the atmospheric will be discussed. The first involves developing relations between material and immaterial media in order to inhabit a threshold position between the two. In the second, these (im)materials are used to activate spaces of ‘betweenness,’ drawing attention to these liminal zones. The final crossing-between is a series of bodily practices that open up relationally in order to embrace uncertainty, vagueness, and changefulness. These three approaches privilege a bodily process of ‘figuring out,’ requiring immersion and active participation in making sense of atmospheric conditions. This bodily engagement results in a blurring of the distinct sense of self, and challenges participants to take part in a process of co-formation between environmental surroundings and distributed presence.

pop-up lecture theatre

With no lecture space available for the first day of first semester, I created a “pop-up lecture theatre” to welcome students into the RMIT Interior Design Honours degree. We occupied the ramped street-level space of the Design Hub for a series of presentations and a guest lecture from Professor Suzie Attiwill. This event created an ephemeral interior, which aimed to demonstrate the possibilities of an expanded spatial design practice.

Taking advantage of the already sloping floor, each student was gifted an inflatable camping cushion as a seat. A video projector and loudspeaker system completed the set-up.

Photos by Ramesh Ayyar.

INDEX 2016

INDEX 2016 was held at Site Works in Brunswick. We used materials found on site and donated LVL timber sections to form the majority of the exhibition infrastructure, across two levels of two different buildings. These spaces were brought together under 1000m2 of crop netting that covered the adjoining courtyard.

As in years past, students designed and built the entire exhibition in collaboration with myself and a team of industry professionals including Rob Sowter, Pandarosa, Linda Hum, Jess Wood and Aron Hemmingway.

All photos by Georgina Matherson.