Release Fourteen + Fifteen
Solid to the thought

January 2012

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Steve Mcqueen 2011

Steve Mcqueen's new film shows the tale of Brendan, a sex addict barely coping with the needs of his addiction while trying to balance a normal life. Fassbender's character is in total isolation and only in feeding his addiction can true relief be found. Lust probably one of the most relatable subjects, Mcqueen has touched upon an idea so powerful it has your heart pounded throughout.

Shame / IMBD


John Carpenter

Dark Star, 1974,
Teaching Bomb 20 phenomenology,

In this scene we see Doolittle convince the newly formed character of Bomb 20 to not explode in the ships loading bay, here we see Dark Star evoke a crash course in philosophy.

ref. > Patrick Keiller


Buccleuch House


The 1930 Housing Act enabled Local Authorities to work with the voluntary housing sector. This sector was dominated by women's organisations and the Act provided a new avenue for increased participation. The company known as the Women's Pioneer Housing Ltd was run as a Co-operative Society, employing its own woman architect, Gertrude Leverkus (1899-1976) to design each flat. There were four different styles on offer to suit diverse needs and by 1936 it provided 36 developments in London and one in Brighton.

The National Association of Women Civil Servants (NAWCS) had urged the government and local authorities since 1947 to build low cost rentals but shortage of land made single-unit dwellings expensive. NAWCS representatives were impressed by the model Buccleuch House, Clapton Common, London E5 with its 96 flats plus communal facilities for single women, which Hackney Council had built and invited them to visit in 1951.

photo credit. > Georgia Trower / Lower Level

ref. > Women’s Housing Associations

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Knut Asdam

Abyss, 2010
43 min, 35mm


“What’s the first thing you notice in a place? it’s not because it has nice curves or proportions, it is if their are people in it or not. If you go into an empty restaurant you don’t think if it is beautiful or not, you think if it is safe to eat at.
The derelict place is caught between meaningless and meaningful.

Its about letting go, first it’s slow, you only notice it in the eyebrow, the walk, the speech, then the body sinks and goes down the ground, and gravity takes hold.

At first you don’t notice it, at first it’s too slow.

It’s like you can’t move it now, you can’t do anything, it’ll do something by itself later, all you can do is be around something, I dont know what to do, I don’t know how to handle this I have no idea, I guess in a while I could just get up.

It’s broken down as your routine, as your habits, it’s the way you see yourself everyday, it’s all you built up around to keep your body and the things around you the same everyday. And when one of those things stops working,

Everything shifts.”

ref. > Abyss


Paul Harrison

Recent years have seen the faltering of economic growth, the erosion of the welfare state and the disappearance of social consensus. Nowhere have these processes cut more deeply than in the inner city, where industrial decline, low income, persistent high unemployment and housing decay are fuelling crime and racial tension to create our most daunting social problem. Combining interviews and eye-witness accounts with his own analysis, the author provides a portrait of the underside of the affluent society and the hidden human costs of public policies. From dying factories to social security offices, from single mothers to street thieves, it offers an insight into the realities of deprivation and social conflict in Britain today.


Clapton Common

Recordings of passerbys answering questions regarding LCC's Buccleuch House and its state of disrepair.
Hackney, E5
Recorded by Georgia Trower & Francis Qureshi

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Patrick Keiller

London, 1994
85mins Colour 35mm

Patrick Keiller's extraordinary portrait of London re-imagines the city through the explorations of an unseen 'researcher' Robinson and his similarly unseen companion, the film's narrator (voiced by Paul Scofield).

ref. > Patrick Keiller


Knut Asdam

Tripoli, 2010
24 min, colour, stereo.

"Tripoli emphasizes political history and architectural traces through the preserved relics of our recent past."

While prevailing to visually stun me Tripoli hits hard confiding in us humans presence and perception of architecture in a worldly, somewhat distant formality, I found myself comfortably lost within.

watch. > Knut Asdam


James Turrell

Roden Crater
Excrept from BBC Imagine, November 2008

I first experienced Turrell's work at the Gagosian gallery in late 2010, a barrage of constant, pure, balanced colour left me speechless, his works are sensory experiences like no other. I found that his work which appears quite cold, stark is a first impression, but once you experience it, the physical attributes to his work are merely that, apparatus to these naked observatories unlike anything we've ever seen before.

ref. > James Turrell


Release Thirteen
Colourless surfaces appear on Moon

November 2011

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Koki Tanaka

Still from ‘Approach to an old house’ (2008)

"On the occasion of the show called "Platform Seoul", the curator suggested me to construct my project in the abandoned house. I used each space for different actions. For instance, I climbed up a pile of red chairs in front of the house to come up to the balcony, pulled out a curtain down in a room, poured a lot of beer into a bush in the garden, cut a rope to fall down beer cases on the floor. Then compiled scene was projected in one room in the second floor of the house."

ref. > Koki Tanaka


Minoru Yamasaki

Pruitt–Igoe, 1955-1972

As completed in 1955, Pruitt–Igoe consisted of 33 11-story apartment buildings on a 57-acre (23 ha) site, on St. Louis's lower north side. The complex totaled 2,870 apartments, one of the largest in the country. The apartments were deliberately small, with undersized kitchen appliances. "Skip-stop" elevators stopped only at the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth floors, forcing residents to use stairs in an attempt to lessen congestion. The same "anchor floors" were equipped with large communal corridors, laundry rooms, communal rooms and garbage chutes. The stairwells and corridors attracted muggers. Ventilation was poor, centralized air conditioning nonexistent.

ref. > The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


Stephen Prina

‘As he remembered it’ (2011)

The point of departure for As He Remembered It is a memory from the 1980s, shared with artist Christopher Williams, of a fitted unit by architect R. M. Schindler that is taken out of its original context, painted, and recontextualized as an independent object.

To bring this personal anecdote to the Hauptraum of the Secession, Prina chose two now-demolished houses built in the early 1940s by R. M. Schindler in Los Angeles for Hilaire Hiler and Mrs. George (Rose) Harris. Using surviving plans and photographs, he had copies made of the fitted units, resulting in 28 objects that were then used as supports for monochrome painting—Prina painted them pink using “PANTONE Honeysuckle 2011 COLOR OF THE YEAR”—and restaged in a specially developed grid pattern in the Secession’s Hauptraum.

ref. > pietmondriaan.com


Cyprien Gaillard

The Recovery of Discovery (The Beer Pyramid)’ (2011)

Following Galliard's past observations on social-political issues, modernist architecture, mayan relics, referencing Vladimir Nabokov: "the future is the obsolete in reverse", we see his work take the shape of 72,000 bottles of Efes beer, placed in a gallery space inviting participants to do what ever they will with it, echoes these references, and a direct response to the relocation of the Pergamon Altar. This transgression, and re-appropriation of monuments and deconstruction of such, allows Galliard to reflect an image of society back at us.

ref. > Bugada + Cargnel



Chorus, 2009

Kinetic installation that produces a hypnotic performance. Eight tall black pendulums swing back and forth, simultaneously emitting light and sound.

ref. > uva.co.uk


Reading list

Via svpply, I have started collecting books that I feel are relevant to my thoughts and practices, currently revolving around generative processes, architecture, manufacturing, natural phenomena and self publishing, sharing them seemed appropriate, enjoy.

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Jeremy Rifkin & Diploma 18

The Third Industrial Revolution,
Diploma 18 Projection, Facade of the Architecture Association

7 November 2011

The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiralling into a dangerous endgame. The price of energy and food is climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. The prospect of a second collapse of the global economy leaves humanity desperate for a sustainable economic game plan for the future.


Radical Post-Modernism with FAT

FAT in conversation with Charles Jencks

Radical Post-Modernism, edited by Charles Jencks and FAT (Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland and Sam Jacob) marks the resurgence of a critical architecture that engages in a far-reaching way with issues of taste, space, character and ornament. Bridging high and low cultures, it immerses itself in the age of information, embracing meaning and communication, embroiling itself in the dirty politics of taste by drawing ideas from beyond the narrow confines of
architecture. It is a multi-dimensional, amorphous category, which is heavily influenced by contemporary art, cultural theory, modern literature and everyday life.

ref. > Architectural Association


Twelve Ideal Cities

Superstudio, The First City, from the Twelve Ideal Cities, project, Aerial perspective, 1971

Callous to the thought, Superstudio's ideal cities project leaves me with great angst, questioning societies humility as I type these words. The pathologic use of green combatted with the grants of the perfect, 2000 ton city, exercised to automatically prune its citizens, closes on Superstudio's wry views of twentieth-centry modernist utopias.