Transdisciplinary Research Methods in Experimental Architecture
Join us for Transdisciplinary Research Methods in Experimental Architecture, a free public lecture by Rachel Armstrong and Rolf Hughes. Introduced by Shane Murray.
Experimental architecture is a transdisciplinary research practice that asks what architecture ‘could be’. Its robust research questions require the development of specific languages, experiments, materials, technical instruments and assessment apparatuses, capable of responding to the various contexts and audiences for each project. In this talk we will focus on the specific method of monstering, which is implicit in radical architectural change. It is a specific example of research practice in experimental architecture that combines the production of values with radical transdisciplinarity. Monsters embody the unknown and uncontrollable aspects of the world and no matter how prepared we think we are for them, they will always exist in our blind spots. Bringing extremes of being and form into a coherent focus, monstering is a research practice that generates qualitatively new encounters in the choreography of space and its inhabitation. Recognising the innate weirding within the material realm that is capable of invoking uncanny, supernatural, or unearthly encounters, monstering considers ‘other’ bodies and the kinds of spaces that are haunted by them as an architectural tactic that draws attention to existing preferences, conventions, and habits. Seeking to broaden notions of community by embracing the whole community of life beyond humans, it expands the toolset for design.