This talk focuses around three fields of activity: architectural practice, academic teaching and research. These are autonomous but complementary areas of work that allow connective possibilities in the areas of design, fabrication and deployment. In architectural practice we take a hands-on approach to projects that range from furniture, interiors and small buildings to sets for television production. The workshop provides a venue for open-ended experimentation and making prototypes as well as the pre-fabrication of architectural and design commissions. The building is in itself an ongoing project taking on gradual transformation from abandoned Coach Garage to Workshop House, through a series of built elements and installations - a testing ground for material detail and construction.
Chung Tyson Architects are based in Manchester and regularly collaborate with architect makers, specialist tradespeople and design engineers. Their teaching and research explore design through making, aiming to close the gap between speculation, the representation of architecture and realisation - the building of things. Both analogue and digital tools are employed to create alternative possibilities for design and fabrication. Machines and materials are investigated within the contemporary contexts of sustainability, economics and lifecycle, driving the potential for new modes of architectural production.
Uncanny Migrations: Architectural Appropriations in Contemporary Sculpture
This project looks at the way contemporary sculptors repurpose the forms and attendant associations of architecture, why and how they do this and to what effect. It focuses on sculptors who have returned to this way of working repeatedly in their practice, adopting and adapting the medium-specificities of architecture for their own purposes. The research will focus on Mike Kelley, Mark Manders, Gregor Schneider and Rachel Whiteread among others. Using a psychoanalytical methodological approach, and examples of gothic or ‘uncanny’ literature, I examine the echoes of narratives which reinforce the viewer’s psychic and sensory experience.
Kirstie Gregory, BA (H) History of Art (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Dip Museum Studies (University of Queensland), MRes History of Art (University of Huddersfield), is Research Programme Assistant at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Kirstie recently completed a Masters by Research on the work of Romanian/British sculptor Paul Neagu and worked as a curatorial assistant on the exhibition ‘Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture’ (2015) at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. She is an interviewer for the British Museum’s National Life Stories oral history project for which she is currently interviewing sculptor Phyllida Barlow. She is Assistant Editor of the Subject/Object: New Studies in Sculpture series of publications. Her writing has been published in numerous art history, review and research journals.