In 1956, This is Tomorrow, at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery saw artists, architects, musicians and graphic designers working together in a seminal art exhibition. The crossing of boundaries between the different creative processes has since become characteristic of British culture. Internationally as well, contemporary architects are designing an increasing number of art spaces, galleries and museums as well as concert halls, performing arts spaces, fashion sets and technological institutions. They are constantly expected to understand and accommodate the creative processes of other disciplines in order to design their work successfully. This process has also led to a number of fascinating collaborations, most notably between artists and architects, two fields that are historically closely linked.
Meeting Architecture will examine some of these collaborations and focus on examples in which architects and artists conceive and design projects together as opposed to architects inviting artists to decorate a finished building. The programme will also consider sound and look at some of the projects that unite architects and composers focusing on how architecture, venue and context can help shape the artistic output of composers, an area that has not been widely investigated. The concept of cinema as the architecture of moving space has often been discussed. However, there has been less consideration of how many film directors, directors of photography and scenographers have been trained as architects and of the considerable influence that this has had on their work in film.
Some of the themes investigated in the series include: What are the convergences and the divergences in sources of inspiration, working methods and aims? How does understanding the creative process of other callings help to develop the practice of one’s own discipline? How can one define creativity in architecture? Does architecture as a practice risk losing its autonomy and ethical status with so many interdisciplinary crossovers?
Lectures take place at 7pm at the RCA Battersea or Kensington sites as indicated. Talks are free but seats need to be booked by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The series of lectures, study-exhibitions and performances, curated by Marina Engel also takes place at the British School at Rome, visit www.bsr.ac.uk for details.
5 December 2013: Adam Caruso and Thomas Demand
RCA Battersea, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN
Anglo-Canadian architect Caruso and German artist, Demand have collaborated for many years and this event will hear them discuss the nature of their collaborations and how they work together. Projects presented include: Demand’s exhibition at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2009; Nagelhaus, the redesign of the Escher-Wyss-Platz, Zurich, 2007-2010 and Demand’s house, near Berlin, recently completed this summer. Caruso is partner at Caruso St John Architects and Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH, Zurich. Demand has exhibited internationally and his work is represented in leading museums and collections.