For these performances, the new Design Hub building will play the role of architectural surrounds used as spatial research devices, architectural agent and collaborator – by giving the building our attention we aim to bring it and its affordances explicitly into the collective body. In exploring the set of interlinked spaces in the Hub (with an emphasis, we propose, on the stairs) as “elaborately structured pretexts for action” , we anticipate that the beginnings of an approach may emerge and allow us to understand that when a person “flexes her muscles, a person [also] flexes her surroundings”. Arakawa and Gins offer ways to assist us in approaching architecture as a tentative constructing toward a holding in place – in which all modes of sensing and scales of action are exercised – through their notions of ‘architectural surround’ and ‘architectural body’ garnered from chapters ‘Notes for an Architectural Body’ and ‘Architectural Surround’ (Gins and Arakawa, 2002).
The performances, exhibition, workshops and symposium form part of an open-ended format that allows a group of creative practice researchers to take some first (Melbourne-based) steps into a seven-year international research project, Immediations: Art, Media and Event, led by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi in Montreal, Canada (see an extract from that project proposal below). Immediations builds on more than a decade of past events, and involves researchers across Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Australia. There are 14 institutions involved and 17 community partners. Five of the fourteen institutions are Australian, with two in Melbourne (RMIT and Deakin). The host institution is Concordia University.
Field of Research
190504 Performance and Installation Art
Socio Economic Objective
970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category
J2 Minor original creative work
ERA Research output type
JO2 Original creative work - Design/architectural work
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