Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
Join us on a visit to Department 21 for a roundtable
discussion about cross-disciplinary practice led by public works
with guests Celine
Condorelli (London-based architect and author of 'support structures'),
Richard Wentworth (Head of Sculpture, RCA) and Sarah
Teasley (design historian and RCA History of Design)
Department 21 is a temporary, physical space established by
students of the RCA as an experiment in interdisciplinary
Temporarily taking over a vacated space in the Royal College of Art, Department 21
seeks to explore whether this territory, freed by the departure of
one department and the anticipation of another, can become a new
kind of conceptual, physical and social space which test the
possibilities of a cross-disciplinary initiative.
For one month only, students from all departments of the College
are invited to use this platform to develop independent work and
cultivate collaborative projects in a multi-purpose
The Round table discussion will look at the nature of
initiatives originating from within institutional settings and the
potential of cross-disciplinarity within educational institutions
such as the RCA.
The event will run from 1pm this Friday the 4th of December 2009
in Lecture Theater 2 at the
RCA. Visitors to the RCA can enter from the main entrance,
which looks onto the Royal Albert Hall and follow the signs guiding
visitors to Lecture Theater 2.
Click here to find the location on google maps
The next Friday Session will take place at Coniston Sports and
Shepherds Bridge, Coniston, Cumbria.
As part of a fieldtrip to Grizedale Arts/Lawson Park which is
organised in conjunction with a new pan-european collective
research project, RHYZOM.
With short presentations by the different RHYZOM partners and
guests, to introduce themselves and showing work related to local
Sarah Hunt from atelier d'archicture
Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers from myvillages.org, Rotterdam/Berlin
Kathrin Böhm from public works, London
Tatjana Schneider and Florian Kossak from Agency, Sheffield
Bryony Reid and Fiona Woods from PS2, Belfast
Craig Sands, Belfast
Celine Condorelli, support structure, London
Dorian Moore, London
With pies from Pott's Pies in Lancaster and drinks at the
This Is Not A Gateway
(TINAG)will be hosting another salon at public works studio,
this time about "The Medical City".
The number one cause of death amongst children in the developing
world is not famine or war, but respiratory illness due to urban
pollution. In a rapidly increasing urbanised world there is an
urgency to address the complexities between cities and public
health. Should the medical fraternity be the future builders of
What can urbanists learn from medicine? Could the medical
knowledge, lexicon and methodologies be adopted and applied to
cities? How can the
knowledge from building hospitals be extended
to cities? What knowledge does a paramedic who navigates a city's
streets and treats its citizens have that might be vital? What can
be learned about public health from a land contamination officer?
How can public health be put at the
forefront in city planning?
This Is Not A Gateway have brought together three compelling
urbanists to consider the historic relationship between urban
planning and public health, to explore how medical knowledge can be
adapted by city planners,and to discuss how public health can
become an integral part of urban planning:
• ELIZABETH FONSECA, Environmental Quality Manager, Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
• PHIL GUSACK, Architect and
Director of gusack.com
• CHRIS SHARP, Urban Software Designer, Holistic City
Salons are informal, free and open to all. There are always beer
and beigals. To register, please email: email@example.com
The next Friday Session will take place as part of
Torange Khonsari's (public works)
Country project for Wysing Arts Centre in
The project concludes research and walks that were undertaken in
the last year
in and around the village of Bourn and Wysing Arts Centre, and
proposes new questions and structures towards public and communal
spaces in a rural environment.
Torange has negotiated the temporary extension of a public path
into privately owned land, and the Friday Session will be part of a
series of events to take place on a specifically designed platform
structure on site.
The speakers would be
Torange Khonsari - talking about the definition/condition of a
rural public space and its immediate community
Wapke Feenstra - conducting a soil drilling on site and opening a
discussion around who owns which layer of the land.
Thurs 13 - Sat 15 March
Thurs 10am - 2pm, led by Polly Brannan, William Bevan
Friday 10am - 2pm, led by Polly Brannan, William Bevan, Torange
Saturday 10am - 2pm, led by Sarah Butler
Thurs 13 - Sat 15 March
Personal map-making workshops
Thurs 2 - 4pm, led by Polly Brannan, Torange Khonsari
Friday 2 - 4pm led by Polly Brannan, Torange Khonsari
Saturday 12 - 2pm led by Sarah Butler
Saturday 2 - 4pm
Discussion on the role of rural space and culture
Torange Khonsari, architect in public works
Wapke Feenstra, artist in myvillages.org
The speakers, the bagels and the audience
FRIDAY SESSION 24
THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY (SALONS) presents:
HOW VERMIN ARE SHAPING OUR FUTURE CITIES
MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2007
18:30 FOR 19:00 START
Hosted by public
2-8 Scrutton Street
London EC2A 4RT
For directions click here
This Is Not A
Gateway (Salons) invites you to share beers and bagels whilst
discussing HOW VERMIN ARE SHAPING OUR FUTURE CITIES.
Vermin, cities and people shape each other. Urban vermin and
are on the increase. This increase has been attributed rising
density, the global
mobility of people and goods and shifting climates - micro and
Which species have had close to a thousand years influence over
How have vermin affected the use and inhabitation of urban space
Why were vermin culturally and socially constructed as expressions
'dirtiness, contamination and the other'?
What changes has a pest controller noticed across the last
decade in London's dwellings?
Where have vermin and pests been referenced in the arts?
How do vermin affect London's development process?
What role will vermin play in 'the urban age'?
The following four compelling urbanists have been brought
together to present
and lead the discussion:
Ben Campkin / Lecturer, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Tea Mäkipää / Artist,
Alan Pipe / Zoologist,
Archaeology Service, Museum of London
Effie Williams / Senior Pest Controller, Borough of Hammersmith
Many thanks to chaudigital for investing in this
Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joost Beunderman (Researcher, Demos) was asked by TINAG to
write a brief post salon essay, highlighting the audience and
speakers key points in a format that can be used to contribute to
further debate and policy formulation. His essay can now be
downloaded here ->
The next TINAG SALON in the lead up to the October 2008 Festival
is on Monday 26th November - 'How Vermin Are Shaping our Future
THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY SALONS presents: PUBLIC AIR SPACE
Hosted by PUBLIC WORKS
Monday 24TH September 2007
18:30 for 19:00 Start
From Stonehenge, to churches to university spires; houses of
parliament to central railway stations and public housing projects;
tall buildings have been expressions of public, civil and religious
life. There is no doubt this has changed. Does this change matter?
What is their new potential?
London's skyline has transformed in the last five years and is
likely to continue to do so for another five. Only a few times each
century do cities go through such focussed and prolific production
and re-development. In its rush, each "boom" forges a
transformation on the morphology of the city for future generations
This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) asks should everyone in the city
have access to a horizon? Should this access be policy in the
London Plan? Might these spaces articulate the new multiculturalism
and 24hr clock of cities? Could "public spaces in the sky" be our
new Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest or Queen's Park?
Dedicated to creating arenas for emerging voices related to
cities, across cultures and disciplines TINAG coordinates bimonthly
salons, annual festival, publications and an online library.
On this occasion we are delighted to be joined by four
outstanding urbanists to consider and reconsider the relationships
between tall buildings, amenity and public spaces - what they might
be, what they might mean; in the air, up in the sky, in the city.
PUBLIC AIR SPACE speakers:
LeÌa Ayoub (Researcher, Robert Tavernor Consultancy, LSE)
Paul Goodwin (Re-visioning Black Urbanism, CUCR Goldsmiths College)
Lina Gudmundsson (Urban Designer, Design for London )
Indy Johar (Architect, Zero Zero Architects)
To download a pdf press release click here ->tinag-public-air-space-salon-press.pdf
Animated presentation by Pictoplasma partner, Lars Denicke from
Berlin, followed by public works Xmas Drinks from 8 pm onwards.
Starting in 1999, Pictoplasma has archived and stimulated the
activities of character design around the globe. By playfully
sampling and remixing visual codes, contemporary character design
has redefined the aesthetic standards of visual communication
It is Pictoplasma's aim to foster an understanding of this
phenomenon as a new era of figurative expression. Through pictorial
encyclopaedias, exhibitions, online archives and festivals,
Pictoplasma brings together artists and designers from all over the
world, encouraging experimentation and pushing the development of
this new visual language. Recently, the 2nd Pictoplasma Conference
brought together designers and artists from around the world in
Berlin to "Get into Character". In a collaboration of character
designers, costume designers, dancers and visual artists, the
relation of image and body has been brought to issue in a fresh
For more information please visit www.pictoplasma.com
Freetown Christiania: Research Presentations and Debate
Individual Research Presentations followed by informal Dinner
for everyone, followed by
discussion and debate
Freetown Christiania (www.christiania.org)
The Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen has been in existence for
more than three decades. For just as long it has had to defend its
self-governed status against the Danish governmentâ€™s attempt to
â€œnormalizeâ€ it. Christiania is a unique community and place
that holds its own rules, and proves a successful model for
collective ownership and living.
The Christiania Researcher in Residence project (http://crir.homepage.dk)
The Christiania Researcher in Residence project was established in
regards to the fact that Christiania is part of Denmark's history
and poses questions of what Denmark's cultural memory is and how it
should be formed. These questions are extended to an international
Friday Session 08
The evening will start with presentations by Christiania residents
involved in the current negotiation regarding Christianiaâ€™s
status and future, and members of the Christiania Researcher in
Residence Project. It will be followed by artists who have been
invited by CRIR to develop work in response to Christiania.
An informal dinner will allow everyone to gain energy for a more
general discussion on Christiania
as a social, cultural and legal model. The profit made from selling
drinks and food will go to CRIR.
Presentations and contributions by
London based artist, former Christiania resident and founding
member of CRIR.
Christinania based sound engineer and video artist, founding member
of CRIR and part of ChristianiaÂ´s activistic society.
Architect, activist and member of CRIR, based in Copenhagen and
Artist and member of CRIR, based in Sweden, Denmark and Berlin.
Nicoline van Harskamp
Amsterdam based visual artist; her video project â€œChristiania
Trias Politicaâ€ looks into the history of rules and governance in
London based historian currently working for the World Intellectual
Property Organisation; his primary focus was the "sense of
ownership" that Christianites have developed in relation to their
homes and community and its relation to "legal" ownership of
property in Christiania.
Neil Chapman & Martin Wooster
UK based artists and writers, whose audio interviews trace an
invisible relationship between people and stories in Christiania.
Berlin based artist, who is asking â€œWhat is the Mysteryâ€ in his
recent comic strip about Christiania, which appeared serially in
Ugspjelet, the Christiania community weekly paper
Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, DK, is both a living
community and an amazing social and cultural experiment, which
keeps developing and evaluating itself. The Christiania Researchers
in Residence Porgramme was set up to invite artits from outside to
live in Christiania and to develop new work that explores some of
the particularities of Christiania.
The evening will start with a number of presentations by artists
who have worked from within Christiania, followed by an informal
dinner for everyone, and a debate on the current situation of
Christiania and the research outcomes in relation it.
For more information visit http://crir.homepage.dk