AA HONOURS 2017: JONATHAN CHENG, DIPLOMA 17 Excerpt

“Where Is The Center?”

AA HONOURS 2017: JONATHAN CHENG, DIPLOMA 17

20 June 2017

Architectural Association, London

 

Instructions:

Go to: soundcloud.com/jonny-cheng/where-is-the-center

Put your volume low and listen up close

If you are on a mobile device, find a person and go listen with them

If you are stationary, look for a person and ask them to come listen with you

Keep Listening, and afterward, look at each other

“Who is the performer here?”

Where is the center?

 

Performative links between stage and public cultivate unique and poetic experiences for the individual, but a dialectic intersection with culture depends on reciprocal connections to a context – a translation of content. The cultural center is not simply about another form of exhibition, but a dialogue between two contents – like body and mind.

 

It is a question of participation, and about your action, in a space that means to expose your choice amidst continuous forms of reorganizing value – as localized content.

 

It has been my utmost pleasure to have had to negotiate these irregular and bulbous corners with everyone – and an even greater pleasure to have shared in the delectable sweat and passions that have congealed into the most inspiring conversations.

 

– audio reading quotes from Andrea Fraser, “May I Help You?”, 1991

 

For more information:

Jonathan Cheng on AA Conversations

Diploma 17 Unit Brief

Honours on AA Conversations