224.357 Spatial Design Studio IIIa

General info

In this studio paper students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand spatial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.zzaz

This is a 30 credit paper, with an expected workload of 20 hours per week, including 6 hours of class/studio time on Tuesdays and Fridays 9-12.

#performingwriting: staging gathering

“Performing, Writing [is a research symposium that] inquires about the relationship between the creative practices of performance and writing. It focuses on performance writing […] as an embodied and spatial gesture. […] The symposium is structured as four turns playing out across several days of experiences, textures, flavours and modalities linking acts of performing with acts of writing.”


Project Overview:

Whitiwhiti kōrero is the process of developing discourse through the verbal exchange of ideas; it suggests the sparking or generation of discussion. This includes the establishment and negotiation of positions and discourses to establish a kaupapa (platform/agenda) and work towards an outcome.

Tautoko is to demonstrate support or advocate for, and implies a level of consensus, however this goes beyond simplistic notions of support. Tautoko can be used as a means to define/refine exactly what it is you or your group is offering its support to – in this way it includes the negotiation of positions.

What discourses or positions do you, and those you work with, bring to the table in collaborative projects? How do you build on these discourses in an inclusive and cohesive way without undermining another’s, or your own position/approach?

Project Brief

This project seeks to generate structures and/or systems that support performances of gathering, performances of writing, and conversations about performing and writing. This will manifest as a project in three parts:

Part 1: a body of experimental, performative work, to include:

  • a series of in-class and independent making/performing exercises, documented and curated in formats of your choice
  • a series of (visual/performative) writing works
  • a bibliography or collection of visual and textual influences

Part 2: a proposed structure or system for an event, to include:

  • technical drawings
  • 1:1 detail or prototype
  • visual narrative (from construction to event to deconstruction)
  • master plan and schedule that locates your performative moment within the wider event context (both spatial and temporal), expressing the relationship between part and whole

Part 3: a live performance of event-making:

  • a live re-presentation of an aspect of your work in the context of the 400 level research symposium

The projects will be submitted and assessed individually, however they may include multiple instances of collaborative work.
This collaboration may occur with anyone at any time, so long as it is documented and credited.

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Last modified: May 24, 2016