James Binning delivered a talk, representing architectural collective ‘ASSEMBLE’, on Wednesday 12th October 2016. Winners of the Turner Prize, their use of networking, making the most of limitations and improving communities was very inspiring. Illustration by Ella Kasperowicz (http://www.instagram.com/ellaismental)
Booking is now open for Falmouth School of Art’s next guest speaker event.
We are delighted to welcome artist Krijn de Koning on Wednesday, 25 November at 5pm (Lecture Theatre 1, Falmouth Campus). Booking is free, but required. (Click here to book).
Krijn de Koning was born in Amsterdam in 1963. He majored in audiovisual design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, before attending Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem in 1988. He subsequently studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastique in Paris.
De Koning makes site specific sculptural and architectural constructions that interrupt the environment of a given location, often profoundly changing audience perceptions of place. Typically brightly coloured and built using simple materials, his playful, mostly temporary interventions connect inside and outside spaces, inviting alternative interpretations, uses and experiences of the spaces and places they inhabit. He works across a range of scales, drawing on modernist traditions such as geometric abstraction and Minimalism as well as architectural concerns.
Dwelling, (for Margate / for Folkestone), de Koning’s first commission in the UK, was realised in 2014 for the Folkestone Triennial. This colourful, architectural labyrinth constituted an artwork presented simultaneously in two outdoor locations (the walkway adjacent Margate’s Turner Contemporary and inside a Victorian grotto on Folkestone seafront), exploring de Koning’s fascination with the notion of repetition and seriality in conceptual art practice, and the specificity of place.
Despite a dismal day, Foundation students exhibited architectural models on Falmouth’s Moor. As day turned to night, the buildings were lit, creating another experience, of light, atmosphere and magical delight. The ‘city’ had changed!
Passers-by enjoyed the exhibition, giving descriptive comments such as, ‘sublime’, ‘wonderful’, ‘talented’, ‘iconic’, ‘amazing’ and ‘engaging’. Many phone calls were made, urging others to hurry down and look at what was happening.
The buildings stem from preparatory work by students before their course started. The buildings became the focus for both architectural and spatial drawing projects. Students were encouraged to develop their models with a view to introducing more light, increasing the floor space or giving the buildings a new identity.
Many thanks to Nick James of Kast Architects, Claire Williams of Plymouth University, Mark Innes of Innes Architects and Falmouth University’s very own Andy Harbert for their support and valued criticism of the first year Architects fantastic range of projects.
Some of our Architecture students have been helping out with the construction of tyre wall for a Grand Designs build. Nothing like getting your hands dirty to learn how things really go together.
High praise for the students from the client: “Not only did they arrive the evening before starting just so they could be set up and ready to go the next morning, but after a questionable nights sleep in a stormy woodland they utterly blew us away with their enthusiasm and attitude. On the first day they set a Nanskerris record for the number of tyres laid in a day, I can personally vouch for what an incredible amount of effort this took from all of them and the thing that most impressed us was that they always had a smile on their faces.”