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Posted 31 Mar 2017 10:36
Yesterday's group photo including our dioramas, in the space of the new installation which we will begin designs for today. Ready for our Briefing from Poppy (the curator of the Petherbridge exhibition) on Monday.
Posted 24 Mar 2017 11:08
"Our diorama attempted to capture the stages of the evolution in Manchesters development; starting with the industrial powerhouse and onto the emerging artistic scene. The white chimney that lies in the centre represents the continuing hope and optimism of Manchester as a whole."
Hanjun Kim
Posted 24 Mar 2017 11:00
"Our diorama represents four key concepts; connectivity, diversity, culture and community. This was done through the use of one continuous spiral, portraying how the themes, as layers, gradually emerge or contrast across the many levels of Manchester through a series of various styles and representations leading to the focal point which we decided was Beetham tower."
Justyna Lesny
Posted 24 Mar 2017 09:55
"With our diorama we set out to investigate different communities and cultures, specifically looking at how they influence the built environment. From the emergence of underground culture into the mainstream to the homeless crisis, we looked at how Manchester is composed socially and physically."
Christopher Poole
Posted 24 Mar 2017 09:49
Today we're in the Whitworth again, designing dioramas to illustrate the ideas that we've been talking about earlier in the week. More posts to follow!
Posted 23 Mar 2017 11:01
Posted 22 Mar 2017 15:34
These are a selection of the drawings each group produced for our mini presentations today.
We discussed how each group tackled their interpretations of the districts that we visited yesterday:

The first (ancoats / new islington) were struck by the emptiness of the space. It lacked a connection to the communities that lived there. Developments lacked the holistic design that many suburbs still retained. The group suggested that the place was made of 'the developers hand', if they were to fill a box with Ancoats new islington, it would be made of Rebar, and make a space void of people because thats how it made them feel.

The second group (Canal Street / China Town) were interested with the boundaries of space. How the gate of China Town became the centre, rather than the threshold in London's version. Each destination developed organically over time as a space of protection, however they used their own character to put their mark on the space without touching the traditionally Mancunian buildings. We discussed how these spaces were made of the 'Community's hand', and their box would be full of people.

Finally (Northern Quarter) discussed how the space in the northern quarter was layered. The facade, led to a artistic and organic impression. However contrary to that, the reality is much more business driven.
Their space is made by the 'hand of the Brand' Their box would be layered as a result, made of brick or of colour to show the vibrance of the space, the industry of the past and the cold financial priority of their future.
Posted 22 Mar 2017 15:08

We really got to know each other today, when we our peers with the techniques that we practiced on Monday.
Posted 22 Mar 2017 14:55

We visited the Peoples History Museum to look at the ways in which Artefacts are presented.

Hopefully we're all feeling inspired!! Particularly enjoyed the use of sound, interactive objects and huge artefacts that helped us to understand the way in which Manchester developed as a city of empowerment that really focussed the experience of empowerment and activism.

Next task, each group is looking to their own districts where they will present their findings tomorrow morning. Looking forward to seeing what each group has got!
Posted 22 Mar 2017 10:33
One of the preliminary tools for the design of the installation at the Whitworth will be a walk round Manchester City Centre. The key areas and a suggested route for this tour are attached. The intention is to draw inspiration from sketching on route to begin the foundations of our development.
Posted 16 Feb 2017 13:43
As part of Tuesday Talks, Deanne Petherbridge will be speaking about her interests in the resonance of history in cities and landscapes. The exhibition at the Whitworth has already been advertised as a huge success and hearing Petherbridge speak will help us to further understand the 40 works included in the exhibition, a collection that span her entire career.

If you are at all interested in the work of Deanne Petherbridge, please join us at the lecture on the 17th of January at the Whitworth Gallery from 12:30 - 2pm.

The Tuesday Talks are a series of Inspirational presentations by artists, designers and creative thinkers on the driving forces behind their own work.
Posted 16 Jan 2017 16:19
Draft Poster:
Using spontaneous interventions we are planning to temporarily energise vacant streets within Manchester's centre. These can take any form, up to the 1st and 2nd years however we will be encouraging the use of Recycled Materials.
Posted 9 Nov 2016 11:52