“I sit alone at my drawing board, trying to design a building. There are memories of smells, the echoes between walls, textures in my fingertips; raised voices arguing their case, quiet gestures of resistance, faces lit in anticipation of possibilities. But my pencil can only draw the lines of habit. Lines, more lines, on white, until the configuration resembles other drawings of buildings I have seen. It is ready to be built, but all I see are the omissions–no history, no location, no corporeality, no contestation–between the geometries. Can there be another place to begin?”

 

– Katie Lloyd Thomas in: Lines in Practice: Thinking Architectural Representation Through Feminist Critiques of Geometry

fem_arc STUDIO with DisOrdinary Architecture

Developing an Embodied Practice

In the current pandemic, everyday normal lives have been shifted out of place; as what is conventionally public and private, inside and outside, visible and invisible, included and excluded has been re-mixed across assumed locations, spaces and encounters. This has produced an intense awareness, requiring the paying of new kinds of attentiveness to the simplest tasks, noticing dis/ordinary encounters with others, and with local built and natural spaces, and explicitly taking a position over issues of care and interconnectedness. The unpredictability and uncertainty of going to the shops or the park, or finding a place to have online meetings, requires creative skills in navigation and negotiation – an expertise many disabled people would say they already have just by living in that normal world.

What, then, can be learnt from lockdown? By precisely mapping and reflecting on these changed everyday practices, as they intersect with our already diverse bodyminds and particular situations, can we open up spaces for designing differently? Can we take the opportunity to work towards a new and better world? Can we imagine experimental and provocative spaces that liberate and value diverse bodyminds, rather than merely going back to perpetuating a world designed for normative bodies and relationships?

Due to another lockdown, the workshop will be done online (unless otherwise indicated) and all final projects will be exhibited on this website.

MONDAY 9.11

morning
warm-up F_WALK - fem_arc audiowalk (1h individual exercise)
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2:30 pm
Welcome by fem_arc collective, Zoe Partington, Jos Boys & Noemi Lakmaier
3:15 pm
Input Bodies in Relation - Noemi Lakmaier
exploring notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political. Describing how her own creative practice engages with an individual's relationship to its surroundings, identity, and perception of self through predominantly site-responsive, live and installation-based practice.
4:00 pm
Input Space Explorers - Zoe Partington activity exploring bodymind differences by changing 'normal' bodies in an experiential exploration of the locality, and reflecting on the experience.
evening
Discussion of introductory exercise

TUESDAY 10.11

9:30 am
Coffee meetup
10:30 am
Input Breaching Public and Private Spaces – Liz Crow
11:15 am
Handout of design task
4:00 pm
Group discussion of work progress

WEDNESDAY 11.11

9:30 am
Coffee meetup
2:00 pm
Upload of results
3:00 pm
Group presentation of final projects with Jos, Zoe, Noemi & fem_arc
7:00 pm
public talk from Jos "Doing Disability differently" and public presentation of workshop results. Subsequent panel with Zoe, Jos & fem_arc. See all projects and the panel on this website once they are ready.

View the exhibition

Room O´clock Escaping repetitive Spaces

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Jeanne Astrup-Chauvaux, Oliver Gudzowski, Philipp Preiß In the past year, the contrasted feeling of having a fluid mind locked (down) in a static body, opened new horizons for dreams, highlighting their renewed importance in our daily lives, and even the possibility of their physical implementation in the spaces we know too well. Through this semi-fiction we decided to map personal strategies that we developed in the past months, and that helped us escape repetitive spatial and social situations. Through the use of fiction and physical  transformations of our surroundings, we explored dreamt spaces - which weren't that fictional in the...
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The Glass Enclosure

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Yarden Cohen and Roi Dwek The digital space that replaces the physical one The glass enclosure is an instrument of representation, allowing us to express emotions during times of social distance through the physicality of the digital medium We can Imagine how we re-populate space that were captured empty during the lockdown “filling in the missing blanks” re-inhabiting movement. Our daily routine has altered, The mirror-screen projects ourselves into each other spaces, arranged in columns and rows, minimizing overlapping, still not touching. How does social media embodies closeness when the latter is absent "Isolation and loneliness are not the same,...
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Tapes in Corona

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Dorothée Gerling and Paloma Xenia We feel that these spaces made of tape feel like a limit to us. Our daily life in Berlin is currently limited by Corona. But this barrier also helps protect others and us. An experience that we didn’t know and had never experienced before. Now we wear masks in the supermarkets, on the shopping streets, on the train. By keeping our distance, we can no longer see family and friends as we used to. We have to be flexible in a different way . We don´t meet all in one place like the university, but we meet us in a virtual space. This...
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A Space of Nothingness

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Mariami Kurtishvili After the separation from the private and the work in my own flat proved to be difficult, I built myself a space of nothingness. There I can do everything or nothing undisturbed. In this process I would not only like to enter this space, but also to experience it. After staying there for a while, my thoughts turned more to what was happening outside. Is this generally a natural reaction? I question the whole situation. Without the surroundings of the flat I am even more alone with myself. What does this emptiness do? And is it necessarily negative?...
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Reading us Aloud Through Isolation

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Ivan Leroy In the short film Reading us Aloud Through Isolation, Ive tried to enlighten my growing connection to the humanoid objects populating my flat and the depth they give to my walls. While reading an extract of the book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, I’m questioning the effect of words on my surrounding. In the film, you can briefly see me sitting at the kitchen table. But quickly the camera focuses on the divers objects, that I gathered along the years: George, an African mask, Bill, a trumpet playing statuette, a nameless drawing figure, a cast of my...
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A Fragmentation Of The Calendar

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Péter Máthé fem_arc · fem_arc STUDIO: Fragmentation Of The Calendar The pandemic is one of the biggest challenges our society had to deal with since I was born. At least in the sense that it is global, and only coordinated measures can fight it on the long term. To To shut down our economy, labour, transportation is one of them. Of course a lockdown is dangerous because certain social problems might under such circumstances intensify. Whilst for some this condition can even be enjoyable for a short period of time, for others it might be horrifying. In late 2020 human...
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Eye & Glove

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Richard Hees when it's windy outside my right eye always gets somewhat teary (it lies in the family) I'm carrying a chair with both hands that I have to put down every time, I need to wipe my right eye as I said it lies in the family my brother has it my father has it and my grandfather had it when there was some wind, especially in winter my granfather‘s eyes would tear a lot and he would use one of those old-school napkins to wipe his eyes dry he would always keep them in his pockets they look...
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Isolation

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Vicente Mateus, Şevval Öztürk, Nursena Yıldız fem_arc · fem_arc STUDIO: isolation Our intervention is based on light as a spatial concept. With it, comes the possibility to create a stage without boundaries, without definitions, without any classes and categories; a common ground. We took our intense relationship with isolation, how it affected our social life in a new city  and we brought this relationship to the streets, where anyone can experience it, together. After sharing our thoughts on the current situation of the world, we all agreed that we were dealing with isolation in a way we’ve never experienced before....
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Space Explorers

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with 22 i slipped my disk, now i live in two cities - this object helps me with both. yesterday i had to pick up my girl, so I couldn't go for a walk with my chair. at night i dreamed about my suitcase and realized that with him i recognize layers of the world wich i normally dont, because i dont have to - sound, stairs, texture of ground. my suitcase is made for a modern world, likes clean, flat grounds, lifts, places with the sound of civilization. i feel safe with him at the train station, on my...
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Heat Exchange

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Ana Rodriguez Bisbicus and Rahel Stange 6 degrees outside, it feels like 3 degrees.  the sun rises at 7.20 am. the sun sets at 4.20 pm.  today we have 9 hours of sun.  the later we start the day the less sun we will see.  the relation between light and temperature,  inside and outside,  afraid of cold, of darkness. I am nervous already. In 5 minutes it will start. Just a seminar. Just a group of people.  The digital world makes me feel unsecure, how does the background which will be seen by the group looks like?  I start to...
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Learn more about DisOrdinary Architecture

Zoe Partington and Jos Boys from the DisOrdinary Architecture Project work with a network of disabled and deaf artists to develop models of new practice for the built environment, led by the creativity and experiences of those artists. In their regular meeting place in London we talk about how hard it is to challenge norms, who is enabled or disabled by existing spaces, and how their projects enable architecture students to explore built spaces beyond their usual perspective.