Performing Togetherness, Open Call, School for Civic Action, Summer School at R-Urban Poplar, 5 - 20 JULY 2019

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Performing Togetherness is a two weeks-long summer school hosted by the School for Civic Action at R-Urban Poplar, constructing a temporary public space in the car park on the Teviot Estate in East London.

Through temporary interventions and collective actions, we will transform the former car park into a shared space. We will design the public space for the performance of cooking and become public through the 'joyful encounter' of collective food preparation. Invited guests will help us question and consider the importance of shared rituals of cooking and hosting to construct new publics, culminating in the collective preparation of a feast.

The designs for the car-park will follow from a series of meals prepared together, as a form of action research. Based on these meals, we will consider the rituals of cooking in the design of the space, creating spatial interventions such as a ceiling of drying pasta, a perimeter of herbs, a plinth for chopping, or a tower for straining, as well as structures that create a conducive environment for the sharing of a meal. These designed elements will be developed with a series of invited guests: artists, designers, and local groups. The spatial interventions will support the biogas-powered communal kitchen at R-Urban. The Kitchen is powered via an on-site anaerobic digester which transforms surplus food into compost and energy. The final designs will draw on the 'semi-spontaneous' method which is very easy to learn' of the Enzo Mari Autoprogettazione. Through the development of prototypes, using this open source construction technique, we hope to understand how we can use timber to create spontaneous and sustainable public spaces within the city.

The Performing Togetherness Summer School is sponsored by Umeå School of Architecture, TRADA, and UCA. The 10 places available are free of charge but we expect participants to join for the full duration of the school. Results from the summer school will contribute to a week-long School for Civic Action event at Tate Exchange in late July.

The School for Civic Action is a pedagogical experiment that tests situated modes of learning in support of civic city making while challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The School of Civic Action maneuvers across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the school is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects, it can mutually provide a support structure back to the local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled. The School for Civic Action is a project by public works.

KEY INFORMATION
As well as students from Umeå University, we are offering 10 free places for people to join us, starting on 5th July and concluding on 20th July 2019. The summer school will take place in London. Food and accommodation are to be organised by school participants but weekly meals will be provided as part of the cooking reserach. All participants need to organise their own personal insurance ahead of the summer school openin.
The invitation is open to all disciplines and backgrounds, and members from volunteer groups from across London are encouraged to apply. The summer school will consist of hands-on-building and making, alongside discursive seminars, workshops, and events.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send a 500-word proposal to public works, laying out your specific interest in joining the Summer School and if appropriate relevant samples of previous work (no more than five A4 pages), along with a short CV

Please send your application to school@publicworksgroup.net

Deadline for application is 12 June 2019
Applicants will be notified on 14 June 2019

SUPPORTED BY
School for Civic Action, initiated by public works, is a pedagogical experiment that tests situated modes of learning in support of civic city making while challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The School of Civic Action maneuvers across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the school is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects, it can mutually provide a support structure for local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

R-Urban Poplar is a community facility to support local groups and promote the ethos of re-use and environmentally friendly approaches to city living. It offers drop-in sessions and expert lead workshops around urban-agriculture, food, wellbeing, local energy production, and making.

Umeå School of Architecture is part of Umeå University and was established in September 2009 and is a laboratory for experimental architecture, where both education and research are conducted. Here future architects are being trained in a unique environment, based on an integrated approach of the artistic, technical and academic fields. It is part of the newly built Umeå Arts Campus together with Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, HUMlab-X (digital humanities), Bildmuseet (a contemporary art museum), Sliperiet and a library with literature within the fields of art, design, and architecture. Umeå School of Architecture distinguishes itself through the integration of scientific, artistic and professional methods and means of study in an international profile. The intermingling of technology, sustainability, and art, at the Arts Campus, encourages development. The education aims to point clearly towards sustainable architecture and integrated design. www.arch.umu.se

TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association) is an international membership organisation dedicated to inspiring and informing best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields.

UCA is a specialist art and design university in the south of England. Oscar-winning film makers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees are just some of UCA's high-profile graduates, who have enriched the world with their creative talents. Taught and guided by experienced, industry-connected academic staff, UCA students can now reap the benefits of studying in a top 40 UK university. With more than 6,000 students, studying over 110 creative courses across four campuses, UCA generates unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers.

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