• Environments
  • If ‘place’ as described by Michael de Certeau in the ‘Poetics of Space’ is a “space that has been ordered in some way to serve some human need" then how can we trust that the planners and architects who have been commissioned to design these environments have the needs of their users in mind?

    1. Looking at CalArts hydraulic modular theatre that was designed by Fisher Dachs Associates in 1973 as inspiration for potential alternatives to moving all lectures online in wake of Covid 19.

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    2. This seems relevant here: https://mcmansionhell.com/post/618938984050147328/coronagrifting-a-design-phenomenon

    3. i love to sit at my swastika desk island™

    4. The future of Junkspace

    5. http://news.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200528000802&ACE_SEARCH=1

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    6. This is an important text on art school architecture I think: https://kunstkritikk.com/the-end-of-art-education-as-we-know-it/ This passage seems especially familiar:

      Shared kitchens have been replaced by canteens or cafés. Health and safety rules are rigidly enforced, often because the buildings are rented from private owners who want to ensure maximum security and minimal wear. Students are therefore directed to buy their food instead of making it themselves. Not only does a lack of shared kitchen facilities make socialising more difficult, it also imposes financial demands and contributes to the pervasive performativity mentioned above; one acts as a customer at a café rather than as an artist at work.

    7. I don't think that much thought has gone in to it. it's just an easily recognisable language that comes from a particular school of thinking ie. cheap, accessible materials assembled and arranged in a functional way., Im actually quite interested in seeing this book in the flesh to see if there is any real variation in style.

    8. Has anyone else seen this book? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/uniteditions/studio-culture-now I want to know why all of these studios look so similar – same desk arrangement, similar prints on the walls, photographed in similar ways

    9. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/coronaspeak-the-language-of-covid-19-goes-viral

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    11. Dominic Wilcox (2010): Pre-Handshake Handshake Device

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    12. Zorbing as a form of transport rather than a leisure activity?

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    13. <@U012FQJJUKY> has joined the channel
    14. https://meetinggrounds.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-dilwy2br-0Qvgq1y1Ws0DuwBc4zYsEw#/

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    16. It was all very benign. When you work for a stock agency you're kind of trying to guess what images might be needed sometime in the future. You upload, and then you get a commission each time the image is licensed. You try to design the images such that they stay relevant for a long time, and you keep making money from them — that's where the bland aesthetic comes from I think. So yes, they're inherently speculative in a way; thats a good observation.

    17. Tell us more <@UV2FDBP4P>

    18. I used to shoot for a stock agency

    19. Ive been thinking about this recently, especially in relation to some of the adverts have been popping up up on television in the wake of C19. Some of the footage being used could fit a number of different contexts, and the speed in which these things have been put together / transmitted would suggest that most of it is stock imagery thats been spliced together in a hurry to fit the current situation. Maybe Im a bit late to the party, but I've never really considered the idea that these stock image companies might be shooting the future? it would be interested to see what kind of photos they're buying up right now in preparation for exiting lockdown.

    20. I thought this was a good piece on it: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/magazine/quarantine-animal-videos-coronavirus.html

      And because in times of dislocation and crisis we search for familiarity to ground ourselves, many of these videos work for us because they show scenes straight out of the cinematic imagination, in which the still, empty streets of postapocalyptic cities are often accompanied by a flourishing of vegetation and wildlife [...] We know these places. We have seen them before, and that knowledge carries with it a promise of survival.

    21. As far as I understand most of those videos are fake – old footage with new captions. Catrin Morgan gave a lecture about that here a while ago. The example she used was the story about sharks showing up in a shopping centre that goes around on the internet

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    22. http://www.ubu.com/film/paik_medium.html

    23. An abbreviated version of Allan Kaprow's 'Hello' 1968 starts at 8:25 here:

    24. http://www.ubu.com/film/paik_medium.html

    25. http://ubuvideo.memoryoftheworld.org/Tambellini-Tadlock-Kaprow-Seawright-Piene-Paik_The-Medium-is-the-Medium_1969.mp4

    26. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2020/mar/31/goats-take-over-empty-welsh-streets-llandudno-coronavirus-lockdown-video?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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    29. three-eyed foxes

    30. 🕳️

    31. 👃

    32. 👁️ 👂

    33. I wonder in what form?

    34. 👁️

    35. David Attenborough narrates the returned wildlife in Chernobyl: “In driving us out, the radiation has created space for wildlife to return."  Our Planet , 2019.

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    40. I can't get over how fucking ugly it looks in that photo! Could they make the logo any bigger

    41. are there already studios in the battersea building?

    42. https://www.rca.ac.uk/more/about-rca/our-campus/rca-battersea/

    43. The RCA Is trying to buy the land adjacent to the new building so I would assume they own the new build site too

    44. so quite big real estate firms

    45. Good question. The building in White City where Viscom used to be is owned by Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan. Very similar architecturally to this new Battersea building.

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    47. *what company owns that building

    48. who is the company that owns that building? (I assume RCA is renting...)

    49. It seems crazy that they're throwing up this huge building without knowing what they're going to do with it. Although maybe less so when you compare it to the other building projects going on in Battersea, or even things like Hudson Yards in New York. Those buildings function more as financial instruments than anything else.

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    51. In a pre C19 student consultation with the project team of the RCA’s new building in Battersea we were informed that the college was yet to decide which departments (albeit research and sculpture) were going to take up residency there or how the spaces would function. what was mentioned however was that these spaces would need to be open plan and flexible in their design, and to facilitate this they were looking to employ the use of a modular furniture system. I know what you're thinking; why spend so much money on something if you don't know exactly what that something is going to be? It made me question the motives behind the building project, it's significance, it’s longevity and if anything that happens inside it really matters at all? was this all just an elaborate exercise in brand alignment? putting this aside, Im wondering what advantages there would be from the colleges perspective in offering flexible workspaces to its students? how would the students benefit? and how might this dictate what kind of work is made inside? could this flexible space accommodate all working / learning / teaching styles? bodies? And can furniture that oscillates around an open space achieve this on its own? did the Visual Communication WIP achieve this?

    52. Modular furniture and its use in the emergence of flexible learning spaces in Art school. Or to put it simply: furnishing flexible learning spaces in Art school.

    53. hahahaha

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    55. British Chamber of Commerce this one

    56. Corporate backdrops for TV interviews that are shot in domestic environments

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    59. has renamed the channel from "random" to "environments"