Building Ruptures: Re-imagining Common Spaces

Project Leaders: Alex Parry, Sofya Chibisguleva, Sadie Edginton

Project duration: 5 days

Building Ruptures: Re-imagining Common Spaces is a workshop to create modular public structures for use in and around Dyson/Woo buildings. The project studies social, outdoor and in-between spaces and questions the current status of an art institution. The action will take the form of communal construction in the common areas of the campus. The end goal is to create functional ruptures in the architectural space, and an area that could be used for lectures, reading groups, talks, screenings and exhibiting art. The conceptual background of the project takes roots in politics of space, ongoing studio space negotiations and research on collectivist architecture of the early 20th century.

Preliminary timetable:

Before the date of the project, please make sure you’ve had an induction to the following workshops: 

  • Wood
  • Plaster & Casting

Day 1:

  • Introductory talk on institutional critique and architecture and public art. (Guest lecturer)
  • Tour around the building and introduction of the spaces.
  • Activities based on ideas of communal space utilization.
  • Gallery / site visit to research architectural interventions

Day 2:

  • Technical briefing / Construction and mini-workshops*

Day 3:

  • Construction and mini-workshops / Building

Day 4:

  • Building

Day 5:

  • All day: Assembling and in-space activities

Follow up activities:

Opening party and events around the created structures – screenings, talks.