Las Pozas Two of many pieces produced during the 2016 workshop

Las Pozas

Montem - Abstract Nature

Wednesday 2 – Sunday 20 August 2017

The Las Pozas Visiting School is now fully subscribed. 

The Las Pozas Visiting School will be studying modern precedents of abstract architecture and produce a series of concrete pieces and interventions in the Mexican jungle as in the past years. The workshop will be based in Edward James’ surrealist garden in Las Pozas and will start by exploring the formwork techniques developed by him and his workers on the site before pursuing our own techniques, which we have developed over the last three years.

The Visiting School will be looking at the vast legacy of Mexican modernism while also drawing on references ranging from Japan to Europe, relevant examples of experimental architecture and sculpture, with a particular focus on concrete experimentation. Departing from a study of the intricate wooden formworks, we will develop casting methods by rescaling as well as defragmenting and collaging the formworks and casts, while experimenting with a variety of aggregates and incorporating new techniques.
On the grounds of minimalist sculpture, primitive monumentalism and geometric abstractionism, we will work on a series landscape interventions and land art proposals, with potential sites around Mexico and other countries such as potential development of this workshop in Japan at a future date, where a similar approach revisiting traditional craftsmanship and abstract modernist interpretations of art and architecture will be studied in order to develop a contemporary language that bridges geographical divides between different cultures and approaches. While we usually end with an exhibition in Mexico City and always have had an experimental film maker documenting our process, this year we are working on a range of international outputs for the presentation and further development of this year’s experimental concrete workshop in Las Pozas.

Prominent Features of the workshop / skills developed
The workshop will take place inside the Surrealist Garden of Las Pozas in the Mexican Jungle where we will also stay in the gardens in constructions that were initially built for the builders who built Las Pozas. We will use Edward James’ Carpenter’s Workshop in the garden to develop models and our first abstract studies as well as bringing contemporary tools and form finding techniques in this initial stage.
In a second stage an open workshop will be set up in La Era site in the jungle to perform our concrete experimentations, which we have refined over the years and allows the full production of any kind of pieces we require. This will allow us to be in direct contact with the materials, aggregates, textures and casting techniques that will inform the direction of our concrete intervention.
As an overall, this workshop focuses on abstract form finding through the relation of the positive and negative, mould and form, in both in its practical aspects and consequences, however revisiting very specific topics and briefs often derived from the arts, however reinterpreted through the contemporary lens of the AA.

Applications

1) Before submitting your online application you should contact AAVS Las Pozas at laspozas@aaschool.ac.uk with a personal statement of interest and some work samples or images, to make sure that we have a nice group. We are intererested in people from different artistic backgrounds and we had a variety of sculptors, architects and designers and students or professionals from other fields join us throughout the years.
2) After a place in the workshop has been confirmed by AAVS Las Pozas directors you can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page or by following the links below. If you are not able to make an online application, email visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
3) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. 


All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Location
Las Pozas Garden, Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £1200 per participant, which includes a £60 visiting membership fee. For details of Visiting Member benefits please click here. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.
Fees include tuition, private transportation around the city and to Xilitla, workshop setup, materials and tools. Accommodation and food is not included but we are negotiating cheap group prices in Mexico City and in the Gardens.
Flights to Mexico City are not included.
Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Eligibility
The workshop is open to a participants from a range of backgrounds, including current architecture and art students, phd candidates and young professionals. Places are limited, and offered at the discretion of the Las Pozas Programme Directors. Please contact laspozas@aaschool.ac.uk for further information.

Sponsors

Las Pozas Sponsors

Contacts

Programme Heads
Umberto Bellardi Ricci
Carlos Matos

Programme Tutors
Kanto Iwamura
Lucas Cantu

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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