public works has organised a two month programme of presentations, mapping workshops, exhibition and publications for Stanley Picker Gallery, which will open to the public on Wednesday 28 November.
We will give a talk about the issues and reasons behind "Can you show me the space" at 5.30 pm, followed by launch of exhibition and first project fanzines from 6.30 - 8.30 pm.
Running up to the launch we have been collaborating with Can Altay on the collaborative setting up of the different elements in the gallery space.
Can you show me the space points to a conceptual and practical need within design disciplines, to capture, visualise and acknowledge social and informal phenomena as part of architectural production. The reproduction representation of space within design/architecture is primarily focused on the description of the built form. Everyday life demonstrates that programmes and social networks are not confined to single built structures. Instead they spread across sites, time and relationships, and create new networks of spaces that we all use but almost never acknowledge or recognise as spatial constructs. Can you show me the space offers different public platforms to explore five theme-based blocks: Setting a Setting; Representation of Relational Spaces; Mapping the Centre of Useless Splendour; Architecture as Extended Social Space and Relational Mapping Tools. Each block will result in a fanzine of visual material accompanied by a commissioned essay, available throughout the exhibition and launched at the end of the exhibition as a compiled publication.
With contributions by: Agents of Change (London), Alex Warnock Smith (London); Anna Mansfield (London); atelier d’architecture autogérée (Paris); Can Altay (Bristol/Ankara), Citymin(e)d (Bruxelles/London); Dorian Moore (London); drmm architects (London); Elizabeth Price (Kingston/London); Markus Miessen (London); Peter Arlt (Linz); Polly Brannan (London); Robert Mull (London) and others.
public works is the current Stanley Picker Design Fellow at the Faculty of Art, design & Architecture at Kingston University.