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




ALTERNATIVE ENDINGS
ELEANOR DODMAN
Wednesdays, 2 -5pm
Buried deep in the bowels of the AA is the archive, a collection of projects and artefacts, documenting its numerous pasts. Together we will build on this past, starting with a single drawing from an archived project, examining its narrative and cultural context both within architectural history and the AA.

Focusing on the scale of a fragment, you will be asked to first draw an unseen moment or detail, creating an alternative narrative or space within the project. You will be asked to think about how the drawings produced individually will work collectively. Are their certain spaces that connect? Do some of the narratives overlap? How will all these drawings be presented together?

The drawings will then be translated into physical 1:20 scale models to further investigate their spatial qualities. The models will be made out of card or paper and are produced with a single viewpoint in mind, to be captured in a photograph. You can chose to work together to create a model that beings to connect your individual drawings.

The final step will be for you to curate the individual pieces of work into a single exhibition or book to present your alternative ending to a wider audience, before it too enters the archive.
Session 1: VISIT THE ARCHIVE - THE DRAWING CONTEXT AND HISTORY BEHIND IT: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
- Introduction to the course
-Introduction to the archive
-Lecture on the archive drawing and its context
-Group discussion, locating the students projects within the drawing

Session 2: REPRESENTATION AND DRAWING TECHNIQUES: Wednesday 10th October 2018
-Representation workshop
-Group discussion, spatial explorations through drawing/collage

Session 3: ALTERNATIVE ENDING THROUGH DRAWING: Wednesday 17th October 2018
-Scale, media, colour and texture workshop
- Drawing development and group tutorials

Session 4: PHYSICAL MODEL FRAGMENT: Wednesday 24th October 2018
-Model making workshop (perspective, tools and material)
-Drawing to model translation

OPEN WEEK

Session 5: ADDING DETAIL: Wednesday 7th November 2018
-Textures and relief workshop
-Model development and group tutorials

Session 6: FABRICATION: Wednesday 14th November 2018
-Group model-making session and tutorials

Session 7: POST-PRODUCTION AND CURATION: Wednesday 21st November 2018 
-Photographing the models
-Curating the new project, group discussion about the collective alternative ending

Session 8: PROJECTS REVIEW, MS JURY DAY: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Submission requirements:
-One drawing
-One model photograph
-A booklet documenting the process