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RIGHT TO HOST: 6 Characters in search of a host

Sean Gwee, Alexander Zikanov, Gabrielle Eglan & other members of the AA community

Bedford Square 17/5/2019 - 13/6/2019

17 May to 13 June

Hosting is a social function by which we accommodate each other.


A form of delayed exchange, hosting is a game that touches on ideas of hospitality, obligation, position and power.


The realm of the hosting is a TAZ, a Temporary Autonomous Zone in which the rules of the everyday are abstracted, exaggerated and rewritten. It is at once rehearsal and performance.


It is a play with consequence.


The cast of this play stems from Hakim Bey’s conception of Temporary Autonomous Zones, which he qualifies as having to “exist in geographical odorous tactile tasty physical space”.


6 characters are each named after a tasty texture.


CHEWY – a large terrazzo of soft foams

FIBROUS – 64 timber sticks

TENDER – a hinged pair of stairs

JUICY – a shifting chalk line

UNCTUOUS – a glazed ceramic object

CRISPY – a balancing metal frame


These characters form a reconfigurable stage on which acts of hosting are played out, facilitating public vignettes of hospitality (acts of hosting), and making visible the normally private act of a host inducting their guests into their domain.


The performance and installation has been designed by Sean Gwee (AA 4th Year Student and 2018/19 recipient of the Mark Fisher Scholarship), in collaboration with Alexander Zikanov (AA 3rd Year Student), Gabrielle Eglan (AA 3rd Year Student) and other members of the AA Community.


The installation on which the Right to Host will be performed will be available for visitors to enjoy from 10am to 8pm every day, from the 17th of May to the 13th of June. The installation will be reconfigured with every performance and so will have an evolving design.


You can find out more about the hosts in this series of interviews at   

Scheduled Hosting:

17th May – 19th May Sean Gwee

20th May – 21st May Mollie Anna King

21st May (evening) Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act1, Critical Thinking

23rd May Pati and Tekla

24th May – 25th May Tiffany Loy

27th May – 28th May Sean Gwee

28th May – 29th May Daria

28th May (evening) Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act2, Critical Thinking

1st June – 2nd June  Joy Lai

4th June (evening)  Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act3, Critical Thinking

10th June Jolene

11th June Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Causes of Human Tragedy Act4, Critical Thinking

12th June Stefan

13th June Sean Gwee

More to be confirmed

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.