I was away during ‘show week’ the week when all the architecture schools put on all their degree shows, and missed the openings so on my return we decided to go and see the work on the Saturday after the Friday night before and did the Bartlett and the RCA all in one glorious day.
At the Bartlett in particular, we normally have to fight the masses just to get in let alone having to scoop around big skirts, skinny jeans and blow-dry quiffs just to see the work. This time it was an absolute pleasure to be able to walk around at leisure, stand back and really view the exhibition of it all. Some truly beautiful work as ever, amazing installations, beautifully sculptural models and fascinating intricate drawings.
So, here are my best picks from The Bartlett Show 2012
Unit 21 was the standout unit for me this year, colourful and bright but thoughtful and intricate.
‘Pollution for Light’ by Frankie Chan depicts a future which has us trading pollution for natural light with a large black cloud above our heads. Haunting imagery and beautifully brooding concept.
Berlin Artspark by Mina Gospavic starts with quite a conceptual premise and the images are, at first glance equally beguiling, but on closer inspection I found them engaging and surprisingly understandable as ideas, spaces, architecture even.
Sahar Fikouhi presents an instantly engaging game using augmented reality to great effect. This is only the beginning of what this new technology will offer us in terms of *experiencing* architecture.
Air Futures by Theo Games Petrohilos
Air Futures deals with the quite fascinating idea of air rights over the commercial districts of Manhattan creating an Air Bank trading in air. The quite amazing physical models reminded me of a scene from Akira, a Manga film (which also deals with themes of commerce in the big city) where the films antagonist Tetsuo, suffering from an accident at the beginning of the film leaving him with immense psychic powers, manifests in to a giant fleshy mass engulfing (and eventually destroying) the city.
Unit 9 displayed a stunning moving installation of light
Unit 22 displayed some hypnotic zoetrope models
Finally I wanted to end by highlighting some degree level work which normally doesn’t get featured. This work by Nawan Yudhanahas caught my eye which I thought was quite inventive and sensitive for degree level.
And I loved this model/drawing by Ellie Sampson
28 September 2012