‘Video Games and Architecture: Cities in virtual worlds’ talk Featuring Nic Clear

  • 24 October 2016
  • Museum of London

Nic Clear amongst others will be speaking at a series of talks around the museum’s video games collection in September-November 2016.

London is a constantly moving wave of urban transformation and social change. The city expands, neighbourhoods change, landmarks pop up, and people blend in and weave the city. The greatest preserved feature of London is its own urban fabric. It’s not about the Big Ben and its landmarks; it’s about capturing the essence of its fluidity, diversity and expansion. A place without boundaries but with people, emotions and memories. London is an ever-changing city; the city’s skyline is constantly moving, societies are shifting, reflecting its adaptability to social change.

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Kris Kuksi and Neil Spiller: Extreme Dreams Exhibition :

  • Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • October 7–November 4, 2016


Neil Spiller and Kris Kuksi are exhibiting works at Cornell University, New York

Excessive, spiky, inky, layered. Surreal, Baroque, Goth, fantastic. The interdisciplinary pendulum is swinging toward an art and architecture project immersed in history and liberated by technology, a creative space unfettered by restraint or stylistic orthodoxy. This double-act exhibition presents Kris Kuksi’s sculptures alongside Neil Spiller’s two-dimensional works. Both Kuksi and Spiller conceive their work as assemblies built up from fragments. Both eschew revealing collage techniques in favor of visually flattening their final compositions through manipulation of color, texture, and amalgamation of disparate forms



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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Anya Matthews A Great and Noble Design – Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall, Greenwich

  • Thursday 27th October 2016, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]


At the heart of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, formerly the Royal Hospital for Seamen, stands the Painted Hall. Executed to designs by the artist James Thornhill between 1708 and 1727, this most spectacular of baroque painted interiors is currently undergoing an ambitious programme of conservation. As part of the conservation project, new research is being carried out on the preparatory sketches made by Thornhill for the scheme (now preserved in various art collections). In this lecture, which accompanies the exhibition in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, the evolution of the Painted Hall’s design is traced through these extraordinary drawings.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Richard Martin :: We are the Institution: On Contemporary Museums

  • Thursday 20th October 2016, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003] 

What do we want from museums today? How might the spaces and programmes of the museum reflect shifting political and social concerns? What role can architecture play in creating and engaging museum visitors? This talk considers the role of museums in the twenty-first century, examining a range of current and emerging practices, including personal curatorial projects. It also assesses the work of leading artists, architects and film-makers, including Andrea Fraser and Hito Steyerl, who have critiqued and re-imagined the space and purpose of museums.

Dr. Richard Martin is a writer, curator and lecturer who works at the intersections of art, architecture and film.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Michael Sandle :: RA Works


  • Thursday 13th October 2016, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Michael Sandle studied at Douglas School of Art and Technology, Isle of Man from 1951 to 1954 and the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1956 to 1959. In his early work he emphasised craftsmanship and the search for symbols, rejecting the formalism increasingly common in sculpture of the period. Throughout the 1960s and ’70s he worked on a small range of individual works in which he explored abstract and figurative idioms. Following his appointment as professor of sculpture at Pforzheim, Germany in 1973, and at Karlsruhe, Germany in 1980, Sandle’s work became more monumental, partly in response to a series of significant commemorative commissions.

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The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Kathryn Gustafson :: The Contemporary Picturesque


  • Thursday 6th October 2016, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]


Kathryn Gustafson will explore landscape architecture in two parts; composition in landscape architecture, and landscape & urban density. The lecture will focus on how the historical picturesque is combined with urban ecology, issues of design in the creation of landscape, and where public desires are met with the integration of technical innovation and expertise.

Kathryn Gustafson is an internationally acclaimed landscape designer, whose diverse portfolio is recognized for incorporating sculptural and sensual qualities that enhance the human experience of landscape. Kathryn is a partner in two offices; Gustafson Porter in London, and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle.

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