installations and happenings
The University Of Melbourne
Installations and Happening explores the potential of small-scale events and temporary spatial interventions to reimagine public spaces. From street art, pop-up parks, temporary installations, guerrilla gardens and street performances, it examines a diversity of political tactics and place-making tools that designer-citizens use to activate and revitalise urban spaces. The subject will include a series of lectures with accompanying readings, workshops, site-specific research and experience-based tasks. Students will be exposed to a number of hands-on strategies for working across sites and communities to uncover the social, cultural and environmental conditions of place. This will provide inspiration for students to realise their own small-scale and temporary spatial interventions that foster dialogue, build social capital and address critical global-to-local issues. This semester, students will have the opportunity to create temporary installations for The Living Pavilion (1 May - 17 May 2019) at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus. The Living Pavilion is a transdisciplinary project connecting Indigenous knowledge, ecological science, sustainable design and participatory arts. The artworks created by the students will include responding to the site and context of The Living Pavilion, particularly highlighting ecological themes of climate change and biodiversity.
Students will work in groups of up to three people to create temporary architectural structures, spaces and environments that explore the potential of participatory arts practice to engage the public on ecological issues. Designs will be presented to the public on the 14th of May on The Living Pavilion site, with a dress rehearsal scheduled for the 7th of May. It is expected that the work will have a participatory component (to engage the public) as part of the work.
Students are assessed on:
Developing collapsible and storable structures
Use of sustainable design methodologies and materials
Originality and creativity - using variety of mediums (digital and analogue) that will also include wearable artefacts or performative structures.
1) Working with Bamboo (with Giant Grass)
2) Articulate histories, contemporary policies and design praxis governing installations and happenings in relation to public urban space;
3) Strategically use a range of theories (performative, artistic, environmental, historical, philosophical, scientific, etc.) to make them relevant to the task at hand;
4) Propose strategies, plans, designs and tactics to foster dialogue and address critical community issues.
5) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the compliance/OH&S issues surrounding small scale urban interventions and public
How does this studio match PlaceAgency Objectives?
Placemaking is often temporary and event-based. This can lead to criticisms of projects as not achieving a real sense of place. We firmly believe that temporary installation has an important role to play in developing long-lasting effects for the community, however, partnerships developed are critical to achieving them. The Living Pavilion is supported by a comprehensive research strategy exploring this question while this studio has been developed to harness this potential and expose students to place approach and research.
Activities – Studio Outline
|Activity||Description||Key dates for activities||Key learning objectives|
|Start of Semester||General introduction to the project.||5th of March||Place understandings|
|Pin-up Presentations||Site Analysis concluded||19th of March||Patterns of Place|
|Event space proposal||A series of 10-minute presentations.||16th of April||Verbal communication|
|Installation Rehearsal||3:00-5:00 pm. Live testing and rehearsal of community engagement||7th of May||Community Engagement|
|Installation Opens||3:00-5:00 pm. Invite your family and friends. All welcome.||14th of May||Final presentations|
|Studio Concludes||Reflective essays and closing the studio||31st of May||Self-reflection|
Building 1888, UoM, Parkville Campus
The following students are enrolled in this studio and have chosen to appear on the Place Agency website. You may access more information about them and their interests by clicking each of their photos.
This subject is available to students enrolled in The University Of Melbourne throughout Semester 1 2019. You can access the handbook by clicking here where you will be able to find more information about the studio.