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ART INSTALLATION: Embedded Union

Collaboration with ArchiGRAD, Northern Architecture & The Late Shows

ON SITE: Insect Hotel

Collaboration with ArchiGRAD, Northern Architecture & The Late Shows

Collaboration with Newcastle University and MArch Students

FILM: Cinematic Inclusions

3 day Lithuanian film programme with Star & Shadow Cinema + Meno Avilys

STUDENT MOVEMENT: Signal

Newcastle + Northumbria Universities, Societies & local artist collectives

EXPERIMENTAL URBAN LAB: Floating University Berlin

Raumlabor Berlin + European Collaborators

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embedded union

‘Embedded Union,’ a site-specific participatory sculpture for the 2013 Late Shows. In association with Northern Architecture’s archiGRAD.

Participants were invited to step into an amazing disused bank vaults and become part of an exciting new piece of contemporary art by sharing a thought, wish or memory, which was displayed on a foil cylinder and suspended in space in the first floor gallery to create a 3D model in the air. Over 500 cylinders coupled with thoughts gradually filled the void above our heads in an ever-changing field of individual imprints, altering the space as it grew throughout the evening.

The Late Shows

The Late Shows is an annual after-dark programme of events and exhibitions centring on the cultural venues in Newcastle Gateshead that are usually closed in the evening. Museums, galleries and visitor attractions stay up late to encourage people to do something cultural with their evening, in celebration of the international event ‘Museums at Night’.

 

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Insect Hotel

The aim of the Pavilion is to showcase how architecture should be aware of its natural environment and how it can foster reciprocal ecological relationships.  The Pavilion intends to raise awareness of the exceptional wildlife corridors that run through the city and their biodiversity.  It is hoped that increased public awareness will help with future efforts to conserve biodiversity in Newcastle.

Cinematic Inclusion

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Cinematic Inclusions

‘Cinematic Inclusions’ is a rare and exciting 3 day Lithuanian film programme, shedding light on Lithuanian poetic and experimental documentary filmmaking.

Documentary Traditions in Lithuanian Cinema

Due to political circumstances, Lithuanian documentary film was developed and formed under the influence of the Soviet Union rather than the Western world. Documentary filmmaking holds a special place in the history of Lithuanian cinema, for it reflects the continuous search for cinematic aesthetics, capturing the changing identity of a society of its time.

Experiments in Lithuanian Documentary Cinema

Systematic control and censorship within the Soviet Union meant that the importance in storytelling was placed on visual language and poetic filmmaking. Critically documenting the reality of marginalised characters and recording peripheral landscapes was avoided, as it could have potentially criticised the Soviet establishment.

Importance of Jonas Mekas (1922-2019)

After the re-establishment of the state of Lithuania (1990) and the fall of the Iron Curtain, freedom of expression was finally allowed and a new generation of filmmakers started developing their work under the influences of Jonas Mekas – a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, poet, and artist who was often called 'the godfather of American avant-garde cinema'.

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Student movement _ s i g n a l

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Design studios are home to some of the most conscientious and strong-willed students in higher education. Which means, when the studio becomes all consuming, it’s easy to find yourself neglecting everything else; events, a social life, even sleep. Let's change that. What if the event could be a dialogue with a world-renowned architect? A coffee break workshop, which could transform your next design project? A head-on debate dealing with fundamental issues of the design world in a real way? We’re sending out a signal. ​We’re ready to engage. ​It’s time to step away from your desktop screens and put down your pens. Let’s connect with the world outside studio. The student culture revival starts now. Are you in?

 

Sound Room: Discuss. Reflect Act. As the architects of the future we desperately need skills to discuss what we see with accuracy and totality, reflect on that with clarity and depth and act with that reflection at heart to improve on our built legacy and unlock the vast potential of our cities. 

Technical Difficulties is a set of workshops on design communication providing an opportunity for students to drop in, ask questions and learn from each other's methods as well as celebrating the diversity of Newcastle University's students' skills & techniques.

Small Talk is set to showcase a range of talks within and outside the traditional realms of architecture. We are looking to engage with the work of practices and professionals in a way that breaks down the rigidity of typical lectures.

Praxis is an arm of Signal that engages with the world outside of university, focusing on methods of live practice and how, in architecture, we can help solve real-world, community issues through collaboration. Our goal is to bring academic study and practice together to enact change.

Fold is a student-led magazine initiative uniting the whole school under one voice to critique, promote and raise awareness. These zines engage with issues across the school and beyond the walls of the studio, empowering students to speak critically about the bigger picture of architecture.

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Floating University Berlin

A visionary inner city offshore- laboratory for collective, experimental learning, knowledge transfer and the formation of trans-disciplinary networks to challenge routines and habits of urban practices – the Floating University Berlin.

 

The summer of 2018 was very hot and very dry, a glimpse of Berlin summers to come. Conversely, the place where we find ourselves was created exclusively for very wet days. The rainwater retention basin of the former Tempelhof Airport, a heavenly, contaminated concrete pool of muddy water with its rich variety of plants, birds, amphibians and insects is a magic display of the Anthropocene. For 6 months it became the meeting place for students and experts of the culture of the city, with everyone wondering how to synchronize our everyday lives to the rapid changes urbanity is undergoing at the moment. A true place of transdisciplinary exchange grew with more than 20 seminar groups, 47 workshops, and numerous discussions, presentations and lectures. A laboratory and a platform for new forms of urban practice emerged, quickly outgrowing its expectations.