Architecture Research Forum: “Accounting for Alognon Pragma: Recent work in the Studio and On-site” Alessandro Ayuso, Thursday 1st March, Erskine Room, 5th Floor, 13:00-14:00

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ALESSANDRO AYUSO: Accounting for Alognon Pragma: Recent work in the Studio and On-site

My work explores the intersection of human bodies and architecture by envisioning non-ideal, deviant, playful, and personal images of embodied conditions. It is de ned by artefacts generated in the pursuit of three interconnected strands. The first investigates the potential of representations of human figures, or Body Agents, to embed subject-positions in architectural de- sign through their depiction in drawings, models, and ornament. The second, the Agent Bodies drawing series, envisions imagined body-like assemblages ‘from the inside-out,’ revealing a fictional spatiality of the posthuman body. The third strand, Leaky Embodiment Alter-ego Personas, are full-scale constructions of figures that I see as tragicomic actors with uncooperative bodies. They are provocations, presenting a monstrous, ridiculous subjectivity. These pieces are steeped in idiosyncrasies and intuition, and could be considered as alognon pragma, or ‘things without account’. Their discursive value is presented here through a framing and recounting of the underlying questions, processes, and precedents integral to their conception.

Alessandro Ayuso is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he teaches design and theory on the Interior Architecture and Architecture courses.

Where: Erskine Room (M523), Marylebone Campus

When: 1 March 2018, 13.00–14.00


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