AA.MEDIA

Architectural Association
Media Studies


AA MEDIA is an experimental testing ground for exploring and interrogating the tools of the discipline – tools with which we speculate, manipulate and play; compute, control and test; communicate, seduce, and provoke.

Acting as both training camp and laboratory, it is a diverse, multidisciplinary program where unexpected collisions and obsessive attention to detail expose a rich seam of creative potential. Media Studies presents an opportunity to develop individual practice, where students hone their dexterity with established and progressive media, actively testing modes of production through focused acts of doing and making.



CONTACT:

Kate Davies
Head of Media Studies
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Lab Coordinator

AA MEDIA
Architectural Association
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000
@AAMediaLab

STUDIO

FIRST YEAR
MS-CORE


MS-First Year Course Introductions


All Term 1 and 2 Courses for the 2018-19 academic year will be introduced on Friday 28 Sep at 12.00pm in the First-Year Studio Space. All First Year students are required to attend, as registration procedures and department guidelines will be discussed.

Registration for Term 1 courses will take place from 6.00pm on the same day.
REGISTRATION CLOSES Sat 29 Sep @ 12noon

Students should register online here: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/Students/cmsSelection.php

Registration for Term 2 Courses will take place at the end of Term 1 and students will be reminded of the process via email



TERM 1:

All First-Year Courses take place on Tuesdays from 2-5pm and commence Tues 2nd October running for four consecutive weeks (excluding AA Open Week – Week 6).
Rooms will be confirmed on Monday 1 Oct

PROJECTION AND SPECULATION
Miraj Ahmed

Architectural drawings are the means by which we can make a series of speculative and exploratory steps that eventually lead to the physical building of propositions. The course will build your knowledge of hand-drawn 2D and 3D orthographic projection and importance of precision as a tool for the imagination, moving from the measured redrawing of an existing building precedent –through a set of plans, sections and diagrams – towards speculation and reinterpretation for a new spatial proposal.

TRANSLATION OF OBJECTS THROUGH DRAWING
Shin Egashira

When you stare at an object for a long time and start describing it in great detail, at some point the object becomes something else. This course explores the unfamiliarity in the familiar – describing and playing with scales; cutting, hacking and reassembling drawings, physical modelling and collaging; objects become ambiguous in representation, encouraging students to explore alternative representations in the design process.

SEEING YOUR WAY TO DRAW
Anderson Inge

This is a freehand drawing course with sessions taking place in a series of exquisite national collections near the AA. The course is saturated with refining how we see, drawing, and exercising a language aimed at improving both. Each session has a distinct theme, covering powerful approaches and techniques in drawing. Sessions begin with a short talk or demonstration, and the bulk of our time will be spent actively working through exercises proven to develop evocative drawing.

MATERIALITY OF COLOUR
Antoni Malinowski

This course focuses on the potential of colour in creating/manipulating space. Students will be introduced to the materiality of pure pigments with the focus on colour as micro-structure. Students will be encouraged to create their own distinctive notational system sensitive to space, time, light and the characteristics of materials.

PERIPHERAL LANDSCAPES
Sue Barr

This course uses digital photography to examine the edges of London, where urban/suburban landscapes are both complex and mysterious, and the photograph in captured only through committed observation.

ONE-MINUTE ANIMATION
Joel Newman

In eight sessions the task is to script, produce, soundtrack and animate an original 1 minute video. Those taking the course will be introduced to working with cameras and lighting, composition and animation with view in creating hybrids of material, using a range of video, audio and compositional techniques. Students will view and discuss the common-ground between narrative and non-narrative forms of image making.

CONCEPT EMERGENCE: FUNCTIONAL OBJECT
Sebastian Andia

Conceptual drawing is the main driver in the process of design. The course will encourage students to learn new skills – drafting digital processes and crafting conceptual drawings – to develop their own conceptual ideas into a final prototype while using methods of polygon modelling as well as digital prototyping.

ADVENTURES IN CASTING
Juliet Haysom

This course explores the physical transformation of certain materials over time, and the reciprocal relationship between mould and cast form. Working with pigments, aggregates and additives, creating and testing processes such as the jet-wash, etch, cut, and polish, students will develop a series of appropriate methods for representing and translating multiple experiments.

OBJECT – DATA – OBJECT
Harry Kay

The course encourages students to use 3D modelling as a design tool – a test bed for ideas and a method for communication –using making as a form of collaboration. Students will work with Rhino, exploring 3d modelling for its many uses through the life of a project: from the survey of a site or object; towards interrogation with the acquired data; onto the development of a proposal; and finally, for construction or manufacture.

THE DRAWN MISTAKE
Alison Moffett

Using the organizing structure of Tschumi’s architectural paradox, this course will convert what is an investigation into space into a way to think about drawing. By looking at examples and trying out our own techniques, including using different drawing tools, blind drawing, reconfiguring shapes and collage, and the trace left through action, we will work towards creating unique individual drawings that capture the magic of opposition.

THE KNOWHOW SERIES (Not Assessed)
Emmanuel Vercruysse

The Knowhow Series is a sequence of hands-on experimental workshops held in the forest out at the AA’s satellite campus in Dorset. The ambition of these workshops is to provide an in-depth exploration of the exciting facilities of Hooke Park, which act as a laboratory for architectural research through 1:1 fabrication. We will investigate a diverse set of fabrication methods and technologies to make components for a permanent feature at Hooke Park – including CNC, aluminium casting, 3D scanning and even touch upon robotic machining. We will also venture out of the lab, immerse ourselves in the idyllic forest and learn about the different species that make up the forest ecosystem that forms both our material library and site.



TERM 2:

DYNAMIC STATES
Kate Davies

We are hunting the invisible, the intangible and the elusive, as we explore the hidden dynamics of site through active and obsessive field-recording. The product of our fieldwork will be the telling of a story through time-based drawing and motion graphics. This course explores the capture or recording of the complex and subtle aspects of site beyond the use of photographic images. We will use our recorded observations, and information as raw material for mysterious, abstract and notational readings of place.

ORDINARY DOMESTICITY
Frederique Barchelard

What makes a space a place? 99% of the spaces we live in are the banal by-products of the architectural realm, but it does not mean that ordinary spaces lack qualities, or that they aren’t convenient or comfortable. The course aims to picture the beauty of our contemporary strangeness in the everyday via the processes of painting.

STUFF
Inigo Minns

This course explores the fundamental qualities of everyday materials. Taking familiar materials in their raw form through a series of tests, we will transform the cheap into the exquisite. The end result will be a design that flips expected fabrication processes and reconsiders overlooked material qualities, seeing them instead as beautiful and surprising – developing 1:1 details that force new readings and interpretations of often overlooked substances and products.

CONTINUED FROM TERM 1

Concept Emergence, Functional Object, Sebastian Andia
Peripheral Landscapes, Sue Barr
Translation of Objects through Drawing, Shin Egashira
Adventures in Casting, Juliet Haysom
Object Data Object, Harry Kay
The drawn mistake, Alison Moffett
The Knowhow Series – Hooke Park, Emmanuel Vercruysse






STUDIO STAFF / Bios


COURSE GUIDELINES

MS1 requirements:
Students are required to attend and complete the submission requirements for TWO Courses (one in the Autumn Term and one in the Winter Term). Students must submit a booklet submission for each course at the end of each term, thereby completing their MS1 requirements for entry into their 2nd year of study at the AA.