A New Kind of Picture

Date: Monday 16 October 2006
Time: 00:00
Running time: 61 mins
Paul Kaiser discusses works for the stage and for public installation. The essential characteristic of each is that it thinks by picturing the emerging relationships between the things it perceives in the outer world. This process keeps its frames in constant flux, for it continually re-adjusts and tentatively advances its interpretation and understanding. While embodying its original intentions, the resulting artwork has the capacity to keep surprising its makers. This raises interesting questions about the role of the artist, the status of the image, and the experience of seeing - we can explore these by examining what might lie ahead and by casting a fresh glance at what has gone before. Kaiser is a partner with Marc Downie and Shelley Eshkar in the OpenEnded Group, which has made digital works for the stage with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham and Bill T Jones, and site-specific installations. He spent ten years teaching students with severe learning disabilities and derived two key ideas from this - mental space and drawing as performance. These became the points of departure for his digital artworks.

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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.