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FORMAT Issue 2
Cover Version Format with Tamara Barnett-Herrin, Sophie C. Bernhard and Mark Fisher
Date: Friday 13 July 2012
Venue: New Soft Room
Running time: 81 mins
FORMAT is a ‘live magazine’ looking at the shapes that discourse takes. This summer from 4 to 17 July at the AA, Issue 2 will talk about talking, show what it means to show something, and present the hidden politics of presentation. Mixing anecdote and analysis, seminars with screenings and singing, FORMAT’s themed, reflexive sessions look back on how knowledge has been formatted into disciplines, institutions, technologies — as well as how the present moment questions or surpasses received formats of cultural consumption. Paraphrasing Marshall McLuhan, ‘The format is the massage.’
Series organised by Shumon Basar
TAMARA BARNETT-HERRIN is a London-based vocalist, songwriter and performer. She was the lead vocalist with the UK electronica act Freeform Five. Her new solo album, Born to Burn, was released in February. She has collaborated extensively with the Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret at Migros Museum Zurich, Theatre de l'Usine in Geneva and the Performa Festival, New York.
SOPHIE BERNHARD is a singer and composer. She created soundtracks for two animated films by the artist Vidya Gastaldon, Rééquilibreur-générateur and Nucléarama. Sophie is also behind Lakaband, an electronic pop project, and founder of the label Mekalaka.
MARK FISHER is the author of Capitalist Realism (Zer0, 2009) and of the forthcoming Ghosts of my Life (Zer0, 2012). He writes regularly for Film Quarterly, Sight & Sound and The Wire. He teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, University of East London and the City Literary Institute.
with victoria camblin, cécile b. evans and guests
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.
THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES
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 Certificate), 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.