UNKNOWN FIELDS: The Dark Side of the City

AA Gallery 1/10/2016 - 25/2/2017

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
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NB. Closed 17 December - 8 January (AA Christmas Closure)

Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on expeditions through the shadows cast by the contemporary city to trace the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wilderness that its technology and culture set in motion. These distributed landscapes, the iconic and the ignored, the excavated, irradiated and the pristine, are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives. Systems that form a network of vast but elusive tendrils, twisting threadlike over everything around us, crisscrossing the planet, connecting the mundane to the extraordinary.

 

In The Dark Side of the City Unknown Fields takes us on a road trip through a reimagined city that stretches across the ends of the earth. It is a portrait of a place that sits between documentary and fiction, a city of fragments; of drone footage and hidden camera investigations, of interviews and speculative narratives, of toxic objects, reimagined landscapes and distributed matter from distant sites. The Dark Side of the City is a collection of stories from the constellation of elsewheres that are conjured into being by the city’s wants and needs, fears and dreams.

 

Photo: The Human Conveyor Belt, Ilakaka Gemfields, Madagascar, 2013. Toby Smith/Unknown Fields


Anthroposophical Architecture: Rudolf Steiner
Photographs by Peter Jeffree 

37 Ground Floor Corridor 13/1/2017 - 1/4/2017

Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00

A selection of photographs of the world center for the Anthroposophical Movement in Dornach, Switzerland.

Rudolf Steiner was one of the most influential-yet controversial-reformers of the 20th century. He founded the anthroposophic movement, inspired artists such as Modrian, Kandinsky and Beuys, set up the Steiner school system, created extraordinary furniture designs and influenced a style of construction that seems to have anticipated contemporary architecture. Worldwide, several hundred Steiner schools, numerous anthroposophic clinics, therapeutic establishments, banking institutes and hundreds of biologically dynamic farms demonstrate how widely his ideas have had a lasting impact. Steiner’s holistic philosophy even seems to have arrived in mainstream post-modern society, as is evident from the growing demand for natural cosmetics and organic products and an increasing awareness of the environment. Nevertheless, opinion is still divided on Steiner. Some revere him as an important source of inspiration, while others find the esoteric aspects of his philosophy and the messianic characteristics of his work just as suspect as the idiosyncratic aesthetics of his works.
-Rudolf Steiner: Alchemy of the Everyday, Vitra Museum of Design, Foreword, Alexander von Vegesack & Mateo Kries, 2010 


Peter Jeffree studied architecture at University College London, qualifying in 1976. Worked as an architect for the BBC, and later as Chief Architect for John Lewis Department Stores until 2006. A photography enthusiast since a young age, he began commercial architectural photography in 1990 initially in parallel with his work as an architect. Architectural photography is now his primary occupation. Widely travelled, his work covers a wide range of commissioned and self initiated subjects from newly built exteriors and exteriors to restoration studies of historic structures. He has been a regular contributor to the Architectural Association Photo Library since 1995.


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Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031
vanessa@aaschool.ac.uk



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