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Saturated Space Launch

The Architectural Review is Media Partner for the Saturated Space Cluster, a forum for the sharing, exploration, and celebration of colour in architecture

Since Plato’s opposition of image to reason, defining image as antithetical to logic, and the consequent antagonisms of rhetoric vs. discourse, painting vs. drawing, and colour vs. form, there has been a consistently strong iconoclastic, de‐saturating, purging tendency within Western thought and Architectural discipline. As techniques of fabrication, and new modes of materiality proliferate in the arena of Architectural production, a whole new set of possibilities are arising for the orchestration of an unprecedented level of spatial richness. At the same time colour is beginning to be rediscovered as an area of interest in Art theory, as well as in neuroscience and neuroesthetics.

The Saturated Space Cluster seeks to reintegrate spatial colouration back into the working methodology of Architecture and Academic discourse, providing the starting shot, and groundwork for further work in the area. This will be done through a process of design, debate and experimentation organised around a few key events. A Seminar will collect knowledge and frame the area of investigation. Four teams, two consisting of designers and a scientist, and the other two designers and a theorist, will develop and build a set of saturated spaces, coloured objects and environments. The scientists and theorists will form the initial core of the Cluster staff, whilst the design teams will be selected based on a body of work and a proposal that shows a practical and clear engagement with the topic, whilst at the same time expressing a distinct and singular approach to experimentation in the subject.

The First event that the Colour Cluster are hosting is the launch at the Architectural Association. A series of special guest speakers will give short lectures discussing their work and examining colour from very different disciplinary perspectives.

  • Lars Stixrude professor of physics at UCL
  • Dr Jim Harris researcher at the Courtauld insitute
  • Semir Zeki professor of neuroesthetics at UCL
  • Louisa Hutton director at Sauerbruch Hutton
  • Peter Salter professor of Architectural Design at Cardiff University

For the launch of Saturated Space the Colour Cluster has written a manifesto that sets the direction of travel for this series of workshops, lectures, event and exhibitions.

Saturated Space is co-curated by:
Antoni Malinowski
Adam Nathaniel Furman
Fenella Collingridge

Murals in Santa Marta, Rio, that use Supergraphical techniques pioneered in the military and advertising to frame public space, and cohere civic pride at an urban scale, in an economical manner, for a rapidly advancing neighbourhood.

 

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