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 / Term 1

MS-CORE



ORDINARY DOMESTICITY
Frederique Barchelard 
Tuesdays, 2-5pm

99% of the spaces we live in are by-products of the architectural realm. They are mostly banal but it does not mean that ordinary spaces lack qualities, are not convenient or even comfortable. So, what makes a space a place? The course is about painting the stories of everyday life. The studio aims to create a link between spaces and imaginaries to understand what constitutes the value of places. Based on the Species of Spaces book, we will explore the potential of situations we can find in our daily life, from interior intimacy to exterior situations. A generous window edge, round hole in the kitchen’s wall, vaulted ceiling in the tube station are uncanny details that create comfort and domesticity - or at the opposite - malaise and irritation. This wide range of sensations activated through everyday spatial experiments will be the starting point to develop scenery and explore the invention of daily-life narratives.

Session 1: BOOK READING, BOOK EXTRACT SELECTION AND DAILY PHOTOGRAPHS: Tuesday 8th January 2019
- Presentation of the course and discussion from the reading of the essay
- Short discussion about the essay choice by students and ideas for proposals

Session 2: PRESENTATION OF THE SELECTED BOOK EXTRACT AND DAILY PHOTOGRAPHS. INDIVIDUAL PAINTING WORKSHOP START: Tuesday 15th January 2019
- Practical work starts - translation of the ideas from photos to first paper drawings 
- Discussion around the drawings and refinement of a proposal from student's work
- Preparation for the painting work
Session 3: INDIVIDUAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: Tuesday 22nd January 2019
- Painting work starts – students develop scale paintings (A2 format)
- Talk about representation of spaces in architecture 

Session 4: INDIVIDUAL PAINTING PRESENTATION + GROUP PAINTING START: Tuesday 29th January 2019
- Painting work continues – students refine and finalise the two paintings as a project
- Short presentation of the produced work: finalised paintings with selected essay and preparation drawings
- Discussion about possibilities for the final work and representations : one large painting and a portfolio

OPEN WEEK

Session 5:
GROUP PAINTING WORKSHOP: Tuesday 12th February 2019
- Painting work preparation for the large painting (format 1x2m)

Session 6: GROUP PAINTING WORKSHOP: Tuesday 19th February 2019
- Painting work on the large format (individually or pairs)

Session 7: GROUP PAINTING WORKSHOP: Tuesday 26th February 2019
- Painting work continues on the large format – students refine and finalise the painting
- Discussion around student's proposal for the portfolio

Session 8: MS Jury Day -
GROUP PAINTING PRESENTATION: Tuesday 5th March 2019
- Final course submission
- Short presentation of the produced work : paintings and draft portfolio