Spatial Performance & Design Performance by Mona Camille, Lumia Liu, Jong Hyun Park, Noa Segev and Hila Shemer, A Walk, with performers from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) at the Concentrico 04 festival (Spain), 2018


Studio Director: Theo Lorenz
Co-funder and Studio Master: Tanja Siems
Consultants: Music and Production Andrew Dean, Music and History of the Arts David McAlmont, Film Direction and Dramaturgy Heiko Kalmbach, Film and Sound Joel Newman, Choreography and Production Malgorzata Dzierzon, Composition and Sonology Mauricio Pauly, Choreography Renaud Wiser, Art and Production Argyris Angeli, Performance and Production Kyriaki Nasioula

In today's creative professions many individuals define themselves as being at home in more than one discipline. The AA Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) engages this new reality to explore alternative methods of collaboration apparent between multiple creative professions. Through the research, design and production of a series of genre-defying spatial performances and constructions we will examine the ways in which creative work and design act in an overlap through the cultivation of unique project events. The studio, offered as a 12-month MA or 18-month MFA, encourages students to develop a language for communicating across disciplinary boundaries and operates as a creative office where knowledge exchange remains a core point of focus. We provide students with a starting point for their individual approaches and careers through seminars, studio work and applied events that engage a multidisciplinary mindset across such varied creative fields as dance, theatre, music, exhibitions and festivals. Our aim is to challenge and extend the frontiers of art, architecture and performance, to expose a hidden worknet of multiple vocations and their products so as to stimulate a multidisciplinary overlap of professions.

The programme is structured into two distinct phases. From Term 1 to Term 3, we concentrate on the design studio and seminar-based teaching of the history and theory of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. Engaging network-based design, we then move on to the organisation and realisation of applied events and installations resulting from these various collaborations. The second phase of study concentrates on an individual thesis either in written form in Term 4 (for the MA qualification) or through applied practice during Terms 4 & 5 (for the MFA degree). Alongside lectures, seminars, talks, symposia and workshops, the programme's applied projects serve as generators for the year's work and guarantee a high level of focus and public participation.

2018–19 AGENDA:

How can we be different? Where can we unfold? What makes the difference? What needs to be overcome and what changes made?

Time and again in the history of art and design there have been moments when individuals and groups deviate from the norm and discover conditions that allow creativity to flower more fully with the full use of contemporary advancements in thought and technology.

Exactly 100 years ago the Bauhaus and the Black Mountain College were places where Others found such a framework and took creative advantage of the benefits of industrial production. In recent history, under the aegis of increasing digitisation, institutions such as the AA have helped various types of designer to cultivate these fringe conditions and advance their options (think of parametric design, for example).

This year's brief, Others, explores the frameworks and conditions that today's innovative creatives can attempt to unfold. What is unique at a time where superficial otherness seems to have become the standard, where fame is sought over content and virtual likes over substance? The answer cannot be merely loudness, outrage or flamboyance online, with such behaviour we become increasingly transparent, submitting more and more to the will and whim of data.

In the current discussion about the rising automation and autonomation of the working world, the creative and cultural sector is increasingly regarded as an area of activity that cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence in a holistic way. How can lasting creativity thrive within the development of data mining, artificial intelligence and self-learning systems of the fourth industrial renewal? How can these be used to free the creative process rather than exploit it?

This year's brief examines the consequences of this new relationship between technological development and art within which we work. Our research will be based on the hypothesis that, unlike previous developments, art and creativity are not limited to the application of industrial and digital development but are instead freed from restrictive, technocratic and bureaucratic conditions when creatively used as a framework.


Theo Lorenz is a painter, media artist and registered architect in England and Germany. His interests lie within the relation of digital and physical space and the associations between subjects and objects. He has taught at the AA since 2000 in the Diploma and Intermediate schools and is co-founder and Director of the AAIS.

Tanja Siems is an Urban Designer, Infrastructural Planner and the Director of Interdisciplinary Practice T2 spatial work. The office explores social, political, economic and environmental problems as key to design processes and the development of a critical dialogue. She cofounded and co-leads the AAIS programme and is a Professor of Urban Design at the Bergische University, Germany.

Argyris Angeli is an artist, architect and educator. Incorporating installation art, spatial design, sculpture, participatory and performance art, his body of work investigates the plasticity of human identities, perceptions and interactions as they morph within thresholds of transitional states. Co-founder of Gesamtatelier, Argyris graduated from the AAIS programme with an MFA in 2017.

Andrew Dean has sold over 20 million records as a songwriter and producer. He discovered Joss Stone, Bush, Lily Allen and – starting life as a world-renowned DJ – has won Brit, Grammy and Ivor Novello awards over the course of his storied career.

Malgorzata Dzierzon
is a Londonbased dancer, choreographer and producer. Born in Poland, she has worked as a dancer with Rambert, Gothenburg Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create work for Kettle's Yard (Cambridge), Serpentine Gallery and Rambert, amongst others.

Heiko Kalmbach is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, theatre director and video artist based in Berlin. His award-winning shorts have screened internationally. Since 2003 he has re-engaged with live performance as a director and projection designer. He is co-founder of the Berlin-based production company Spoonfilm and the performance group Naturaleza Humana.

David McAlmont is an acclaimed singer with 20 years of credible experience as a recording artist, lyric consultant, singing teacher and workshop facilitator as well as being an art historian. A highly creative, inspiring and enthusiastic communicator of researched information, McAlmont is a confident public speaker with excellent reading, conversational and writing skills.

Kyriaki Nasioula is a choreographer, dancer, licenced architect and educator whose practice intertwines a range of creative fields. Co-founder of Gesamtatelier, Nasioula's body of work involves the conception, design and realisation of site specific or stage-based performances, installations and interactive audio-visual environments. Nasioula graduated from AAIS with an MFA in 2017.

Joel Newman
studied Fine Art at Reading University. He has taught Video at the AA since 1998 and has exhibited video works at various galleries and events including the AA, The Architecture Foundation, Gasworks Gallery, ICA, Pandemonium Biennial of Moving Image, Whitechapel Art Gallery and São Paulo Biennale of Alternative Art and Music.

Mauricio Pauly is co-artistic director of Distractfold and a founding member of áltaVoz. He also teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After studying at San Jose State University, Boston, Miami, and The Hague, he obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester's NOVARS Research Centre in 2011.

Renaud Wiser is a swiss-born choreographer based in London. He has worked internationally with companies including the Geneva Ballet, Ballet National de Marseille, the Gothenburg Ballet, Rambert and Bonachela Dance Company. In 2013 Renaud launched Renaud Wiser Dance Company and co-founded the

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