Space for art: London and Lagos


Series: Dialogues
Date: Wednesday 24 January 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: AA Dialogues: Yinka Shonibare with Elsie Owusu

Beyond the striking, colourful language of Shonibare’s work that explores the questions of identity at the end of the Empire, there is a profound sense of an urgency to give space to the emerging generation. On the ground floor of his London studio, Yinka has created an 'alternative universe and playground' for artists and in collaboration with AA Councillor Elsie Owusu, he is transporting the idea to Lagos, Nigeria and its unique social and urban context. 


Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art, first at Byam School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA. Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004. His work ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ was the 2010 Fourth Plinth Commission, and was displayed in Trafalgar Square until January 2012.


Elsie Owusu OBE is a principal of Elsie Owusu Architects. A Specialist Conservation Architect, her projects include the UK Supreme Court, London’s Green Park Station and transport projects in Ghana and Nigeria. Previously a board member of Arts Council England and the National Trust of England, Elsie is currently serving on the boards of the Architectural Association, the UK Supreme Court Arts Trust and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Council. She is also Vice-Chair of the London School of Architecture.  


Please note: This event is only open to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card to enter the Lecture Hall. Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. 




Curated by Marko Milovanovic, AA Dialogues is about AA Members and alumni taking an active part in conversations. Come with questions, ideas and thoughts to explore how other 'makers' operate on the edges or outside of the architectural field to inform or challenge how we identify ourselves, work and think. Are we in fact becoming more and more collaborative and how do we handle a contemporary obsession to define who we are instead of what we do? 


Image Credit: Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, 2010 © Yinka Shonibare MBE Courtesy the artist. Photography courtesy Stephen White.





The culture of hybrid


Series: Dialogues
Date: Tuesday 6 February 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: AA Dialogues: Charlie Koolhaas

Having extensively documented and interpreted architecture and cities around the world, Dutch artist, writer and educator Charlie Koolhaas is a commentator on the evolving nature of urban life. In a dialogue with Marko Milovanovic, Charlie will recall images and thoughts about physical and invisible signs of collective and individual transformations and the impact of technology, mass media and politics on the contemporary culture and society.


Charlie Koolhaas grew up in London and currently operates a studio out of Rotterdam. Her recently exhibited sculptural photography explores corners and streets of Guangzhou, Dubai and Rotterdam. She studied at the New York University and the Goldsmiths and she lived in Guangzhou, China where she founded the international journal UNIT magazine. In 2007 Charlie co-curated the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Her photography has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and Vitra Design Museum. Her solo show True Cities was on show at the AA in 2011.


Please note: This event is only open to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card to enter the event. Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. 




Curated by Marko Milovanovic, AA Dialogues is about AA Members and alumni taking an active part in conversations. Come with questions, ideas and thoughts to explore how other 'makers' operate on the edges or outside of the architectural field to inform or challenge how we identify ourselves, work and think. Are we in fact becoming more and more collaborative and how do we handle a contemporary obsession to define who we are instead of what we do? 


Image credit: Light at the End of the Tunnel, 2017 © Charlie Koolhaas





The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for an exclusive screening of Jacque Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964.


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The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through lilting songs by the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time


Only open to AA Members. Book your seat at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk






Constructing Identity


Series: Dialogues
Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: AA Dialogues: Ursula Mayer

The questions of identity and social and personal histories are at the breaking point and the internationally acclaimed director and artist, Ursula Mayer is capturing that fragility. In her cinematic work, she draws historical references and builds spaces, narratives and characters to preserve the current moment of transgression. In conversation with Marko Milovanovic, Mayer will talk about those subjects and methods of her philosophical enquiry.  


Ursula Mayer is an Austrian artist and film director. Her prize-winning and internationally exhibited practice spans a range of media, including film, video and sculpture. Her single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images, composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and science. Austria artist Mayer exhibits internationally and is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Derek Jarman Award for experimental film and the Otto Mauer Prize in 2007. She currently lives and works in London and Vienna. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and the Goldsmiths.


Please note: This event is only open to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card to enter the Lecture Hall. Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. 




Curated by Marko Milovanovic, AA Dialogues is about AA Members and alumni taking an active part in conversations. Come with questions, ideas and thoughts to explore how other 'makers' operate on the edges or outside of the architectural field to inform or challenge how we identify ourselves, work and think. Are we in fact becoming more and more collaborative and how do we handle a contemporary obsession to define who we are instead of what we do? 


Image Credit: Gonda, 2012 © Ursula Mayer





Organised by John Andrews and Maria Theodorou


Series: Ricochet
Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: RICOCHET 2


The RICOCHET series is a platform for AA Members & alumni to bring works in progress to the school to be put under scrutiny by students and colleagues. Intended as an intensive discussion and exchange of ideas, RICOCHET assembles the AA’s bodies, humours and brains to exercise in the immersive environment of architectural gymnastics. Discussions themes are generated by proposals selected from a pool of submissions to the RICOCHET open calls. 


To find out more about taking part in RICOCHET 2, please visit memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk.





Collaboration


Series: Dialogues
Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018 : 18.30
Speaker: AA Dialogues: Assemble's Jane Hall with Summer Islam

The technical and bureaucratic complexity of "making" leads to simplification, categorization and the ultimate abandonment of discourse which is left within the academic sphere. How to resist and inhabit the precious blurry lines between different fields, practice and research, design and use? Jane Hall, a member of Turner prize winning Studio Assemble in conversation with Summer Islam of 6A Architects will reflect on history of that quest, where we are and where we can be.


Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realisation of the work. Assemble were awarder Turner Prize in 2015.


Jane Hall is a founding member of Assemble. She studied architecture at King’s College Cambridge and the Royal College of Art and she was the inaugural recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013). She is currently a PhD candidate at the RCA where her research compares the work of Lina Bo Bardi and Alison and Peter Smithson, to explore the way in which postwar architecture evolved within the context of the Modern Art Movement on both sides of the Atlantic.  Her work on public space, occupation and collective action in Brazil has been published in Blueprint magazine, The Architectural Review and most recently, Matzine.


Summer Islam is an associate at 6a architects in London. Alongside practice, Summer teaches a design studio for the MA in Architecture at the London Metropolitan University. She graduated from the Architectural Association with Honours in 2014 having subsequently taught at the AA Visiting School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Summer recently undertook research into the work of Aino Aalto as part of the Forgotten Masters series at the Royal Academy.  


Please note: This event is only open to Members and alumni of the Architectural Association. Please bring your AA Membership card to enter the Front Members' Room. Seats will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. 




Curated by Marko Milovanovic, AA Dialogues is about AA Members and alumni taking an active part in conversations. Come with questions, ideas and thoughts to explore how other 'makers' operate on the edges or outside of the architectural field to inform or challenge how we identify ourselves, work and think. Are we in fact becoming more and more collaborative and how do we handle a contemporary obsession to define who we are instead of what we do? 


Image Credit: Alison and Peter Smithson © AA Photo Library





Last Year At Marienbad


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening


Join us for an exclusive screening of Alain Resnais' Last Year At Marienbad, 1961.


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Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad(L’année dernière à Marienbad) has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.


Only open to AA Members. Book your seat at memberevents.aaschool.ac.uk





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