05 October 2015
Architectural Association, London
It’s the start of a new academic year and there’s lots to look forward to this autumn in terms of events. The public programme begins this week with a lecture by Jorge Otero Pailos whose work exists at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. In a talk titled Experimental Preservation on Monday evening, he will challenge what it means to preserve architecture. Following on from his installation at the V&A this summer as part of the All of This Belongs to You exhibition, where he used conservation latex to make a cast of the interior of a copy of Trajan’s column in the museum’s collection in a project called The Ethics of Dust, this talk at the AA will continue this discussion over whether dust or pollution is the greatest cultural commodity produced by mankind. With a drinks reception after the lecture to continue the conversation more informally with Otero Pailos and his students who are over from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, this event is not one to be missed!
Also this week is a lunchtime open school lecture organised by Landscape Urbanism where Stuart Elden will discuss Territory – Political Technology, Volume, Terrain on Wednesday at 1pm. Student-led weekly publication PNYX will host a launch for the 2015-16 academic year in the Back Members’ Room which will include readings from contributors, a roundtable discussion and a printmaking workshop. On Friday, the AA’s annual birthday party will take place in various spaces across the school. Focusing around a theme of austerity to transport us back to the AA in the immediate years following the Second World War, we will celebrate AA graduates from those years through a reunion in the Lecture Hall as well as the Via Christina Foot Race through the Diploma Corridor, a colossal cake in the Rear Second Presentation Space, and rations of food and drink being served down in the AA Canteen. Don’t forget your invitation to get your rations on the night! Also on Friday, exhibitions around the school will have their private views as part of the Birthday celebration – from Didier Faustino’s Undomesticated Places in the AA Gallery as well as an installation in Bedford Square, to AA Honours in the Front Members’ Room to the Director’s Selection from Projects Review 2015 in the Graduate Gallery, to AA Prizes in the Back Members’ Room and Bar. Finally to close the week Didier Faustino will give a Membership Gallery Talk at 3pm on Saturday to discuss the work of his practice and his exhibition.