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

WORKSHOPS

TALKS / DEMOS
OPEN EVENTS




Image: Roman Signer

Workshops, talks and events offered by the Media Studies department are open to all students of the AA. They are offered as extras, and are additional opportunities for students across the school to explore the role and potential of various technologies, tools and media. They are intended to be fun and are not a formal requirement for any student.


2018/19 WORKSHOPS / TALKS

Students can register for Workshops 7 days in advance here: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/STUDENTS/CMSWORKSHOPS

Occasionally workshops need to be rescheduled, for up to date information please subscribe to the Media studies Calendar here:
https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/AASCHOOL/CALENDARS/subscribe.php


TERM 1

SEEING SLOWLY: ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Sue Barr
Sun 28 - Hook Park, Dorset
Using the AA’s new woodland Darkroom at Hooke Park to develop our own photographic prints, this workshop will use pinhole cameras to explore the landscape and surroundings of our Dorset campus. The ‘constraints' of making photographs in this way will not be seen as restrictions, instead they will give us the freedom to embrace the slowness of photography, in turn enhancing our ability to fully perceive and compose the photographic image.

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WEAPONS OF CHOICE: ACTS OF DRAWING
Tues 30 + Weds 31 Oct

The Weapons of Choice series, hosted by Kate Davies gathers together multidisciplinary doers and thinkers to delve into the underlying processes behind the making of creative work. Engaging wild minds from the fields of art, design, technology and science in discussion, to explore how the tools available to creative minds activate design thinking in peculiar, particular ways.

Acts of Drawing brings a range of practitioners together for two days of AA Media workshops and talks focused on the drawing and its mysterious manifestations - from pencil to point cloud, hyperrealism to abstraction, intuition to automation - all the while immersed in a room full of inspirational drawings and sketches.

To coincide with the current exhibition The Sketch: Lines of Enquiry This AA Media event will take place in the AA Gallery

ACTS OF DRAWING WORKSHOPS
Tues 30+ Weds 31 October, 10 – 4pm
AA Gallery, Barrel Vault and XR Media Room

01 Modern Nature: The Ultra-Baroque // ANDREW HOLMES
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02 Between the Code and the Hand:On Deviations in Drawing // EDOUARD CABAY
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03 Hands on VR // PAULA STRUNDEN

ACTS OF DRAWING TALKS
Tues 30+ Weds 31 October, from 4pm

Act I: PENCIL
Tues 30 October, 4pm - AA Gallery
Andrew Holmes, Shin Egashira, Alison Moffett and Shaun Murray will show and discuss their own drawings and how drawing by hand plays a key part in their practice. In conversation with Kate Davies. 

TANIA KOVATS
Drawing Water: Drawing as a Mechanism of Exploration
Tues 30 October, 6.30pm - Lecture Hall

Act II - CODE
Wed 31 October, 4pm - AA Gallery
Edouard Cabay, Mark Garcia, Thomas Parker and Matteo Zamagni will discuss their work and emerging territories of the drawing. Drawings emerging from code and made by machines; Drawings that venture into generative, immersive, interactive and virtual realms. In conversation with Kate Davies. 

MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST
Barney Steel in Conversation
Wed 31 October, 6.30pm - Lecture Hall

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KNOWHOW SERIES: YEAR 1 HOOKE PARK WORKSHOP
Emmanuel Vercruysse
OPEN WEEK - Mon 29 Oct – Fri 2 Nov, Hooke Park, Dorset
A series of 2 day hands-on experimental workshops for Year 1 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 and engage with large scale 1:1 fabrication. We will also venture out of the lab, immerse ourselves in the forest ecosystem which forms both our material library and site.

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ON-LOCATION: FILMMAKING as FIELDWORK
Kate Davies + Yoni Bentovim
Hooke Park - Saturday 3 + Sun 4 Nov
This film workshop explores how cinematic techniques and camera-craft can be used to unfold and evoke layers of meaning within a site. Students will undertake fieldwork in the form of a filmic site survey, using moving image as a medium for revealing dynamic complexity of specific landscape sites.

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FLUIDS/ FABRICS/ FORCES/ FORMS: CONCRETE CASTING WORKSHOP
Thomas Randall Page
Hooke Park - Saturday 24 Nov
A workshop exploring concrete casting and fabric formwork through 1:1 fabrication to result in an in-situ cast structure.

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SOUND of SPACE: SONIC ARCHITECTURE
Paul Bavister
Saturday 1 Dec, Room TBC
Using contact and binaural microphones to explore the nuances and inner beauty of ambient and structure-born sound, this experimental sound workshop will be made up of physical demonstrations of spatial acoustic phenomena, sound art practice, talks and hands on practical experiments. We will record, visualise and work directly with sound as a material, and the workshop will end in a ‘performance’ of collected source material from in and around the school. 

TERM 2

LIQUID SURFACE: CERAMICS
Patricia Mato-Mora
Model Workshop, Jan 2019 (Date TBC)
An introduction to working with ceramics - creating form using extrusion and wire cuts, followed by experiments with glaze chemistry including formulating and blending your own glazes

WEAPONS OF CHOICE: OPEN WEEK WORKSHOPS
TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATION

3. THE BOOK
OPEN WEEK Monday 4 Feb, 10-5pm, (room tbc)
A day of practical workshops and talks focused on the art of the book, graphic design and typography, including a discussion of a wide range of inspiring books by artists and architects and how this can inform the way we might conceive of the folio.

4. THE PRESENTATION
OPEN WEEK Tuesday 5 Feb, 10-5pm, (room tbc)
A day of practical workshops and talks focused on the art of the presentation, exploring the many varied and experimental forms this can take, and how visual work, physical models, films, drawings and text can be all be thought of as active props for the performance of communicating ideas.

KNOWHOW SERIES: YEAR 1 HOOKE PARK WORKSHOPS
OPEN WEEK - Mon 4 Feb – Fri 8 Feb, Hooke Park, Dorset
A series of hands-on experimental workshops for Year 1 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 and engage with large scale 1:1 fabrication. We will also venture out of the lab, immerse ourselves in the forest ecosystem which forms both our material library and site.

STRUCTURAL CLOUDS: 3D LIDAR SCANNING
Thomas Parker
Hooke Park - Saturday 16 Feb
This scan workshop at Hooke Park will focus on the exploration of large scale Lidar capture and the ways in which it can be used for productive fabrication, digital verification and image creation. Students will use the Faro scanner to create complex 3d point clouds of the architectural structures in-progress at Hooke Park and to capture the intricacy of surrounding forest at mm precision, to explore a completely different understanding of captured data and how we might blend between different data-scales.

HOOKE BUILD TEAM 1 - 1:1 Construction workshop
Hooke Park, Dorset, 23 - 26 March
A collaboration between Design + Make and Media Studies the project to build the AA’s new forest library is underway. We are looking for a team of dedicated and committed students to take part in an intense 4 day build session - an opportunity to get hands on with a live 1:1 building project.

HOOKE BUILD TEAM 2 - 1:1 Furniture making
with master craftsman Bim Burton 
Hooke Park, Dorset, Easter Break (dates tbc)
This intensive 3-day workshop will immerse students in timber craft, making beautiful bespoke furniture for the new AA Hooke park Library. We are looking for a team of dedicated and committed students to take part in an intense build session - an opportunity to get hands on with a live 1:1 building project.

Bim Burton has been creating furniture and interiors in London UK since 1980, gathering a grounded understanding of materials and intricate making processes.
His work for a wide variety of clientele has always been joyfully received, responding to their needs and wants often with a playful undertone.

ROBOTICS
Angel Lara
Digital Prototyping Lab, May 2019 (Date TBC)
The workshop introduces students to robotic control and fabrication - to create wire cut forms for concrete casting using the Kuka robot. No prior experience required.