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Body+Space Conference
Middlesex University, London September 18th-19th 2014.


BODY + SPACE Conference

September 18th + 19th 2014

Room CG76 The Quad + The Atrium
The School of Art & Design
The Grove Building
Middlesex University

Conference Theme

 ‘The Body and Space’ conference will explore innovative and experimental research, practice, thinking that incorporates interdisciplinary thinking and working in relation to all aspects of interiors, fashion and other related disciplines. The conference will disseminate new thinking and approaches that explores the diversity of human occupation, ranging from the garment to the city.

The conference aims to stimulate interest in both disciplines and their contribution to design and culture. It is aimed at both new and established researchers, educators, practitioners engaged in exploring all of the diverse range of the practices, theories, histories, and languages of all aspects of design who filter their ideas through the body and via space. The aims of the conference are to examine the role of design, in its diversity of forms, and to recognize, evaluate and profile its significance via presentation, exhibition and publication(s). The objectives of the conference are to disseminate designs past, present and future. The conference encourages interaction between subject areas, academic and practice-led projects, and institutional and international collaboration. It will be an intersection between researchers and practitioners, academics and teachers, and a two-day hub for positive exchange and creative production.

Conference Partners

Interior Educators (IE) is the national subject association for all Interiors courses in the UK. It is the national authority on Interior education and is an advocate for the promotion and recognition of excellence and intellectual rigor within the diverse range of courses in this country as a registered charity it is not-for-profit and from 2013 is also a registered Learned Society. The diverse and wide-ranging educational remit of Interiors, which is not tied to a regulatory body, is a situation that allows it to flourish. IE is an advocate of the diversity and multiplicity of the subject and is a support network for all of its members and its students throughout their careers. It is a coherent collective and representative body through which to articulate current and future common issues and ambitions in the subject of the design of interior space.

I:F – INTERIORS FASHION (I.F). is a multi-disciplinary collective of researchers, teachers and practitioners in the department of Interiors and Fashion at Middlesex University. I.F is engaged in exploring emergent issues concerning the body and space in constructed environments. This incorporates practice and research that explores the diversity of human occupation, ranging from the garment to the city.

Middlesex University: London hosts 40,000 students in its London and Dubai campuses. The School of Art and Design at Middlesex University has been enriching the creative, cultural and intellectual life of London and communities around the world for 130 years, beginning life as Hornsey College of Art, founded in 1880 – an iconic British art institution, renowned for its experimental and progressive approach to art and design education. The school is located in our new world-class £80 million Grove building, at the Hendon campus, where the conference will be located.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Jane Rendell. The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. London. Jane Rendell is a writer whose work crosses architecture, art, feminism, history and psychoanalysis. She has developed concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ (2002/6) and ‘site-writing’ (2007/10) through such authored books as Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). Her co-edited books include Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995). Recent texts have been commissioned by artists such as Jasmina Cibic, Apollonia Susteric and transparadiso, and institutions like FRAC Centre, Orléans, and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. She is currently working on a new book concerning transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis. She is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett, UCL. http://www.janerendell.co.uk/

Lois Weinthal: Chair and Professor of Interior Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Lois Weinthal: Chair and Professor of Interior Design, Ryerson University,Toronto, Canada. Professor Weinthal¹s practice investigates the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects, resulting in works that take on an experimental nature. Her teaching explores these topics where theoretical discussions in seminars are put into practice in the design studio. These ideas are then tested as full-scale constructs in order to explore the fabrication of ideas. Her seminar teaching led to the publication Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (2011) published by Princeton Architectural Press. Additional significant publications include After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design co-edited with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (2011) also published by Princeton Architectural Press based upon the symposium After Taste started at Parsons The New School for Design. She is co-editor with Graeme Brooker on the publication, the Handbook of Interior Design and Architecture (Fall 2013) by Berg Publishers. She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright, and DAAD and has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. Previously she was Director of the Interior Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Gennaro Postiglione: Associate Professor of Architecture of Interiors. Milan Polytechnic. Gennaro Postiglione is Associate Professor in Architecture of Interiors at the Politecnico di Milano (activity: www.lablog.org.uk) where he teaches in the Design studio and in the PhD in Interiors courses; he is also the Chair of the School of Architettura e Società Internationalisation Board. Researches focus on domestic interiors (questioning relations among culture of dwelling, domestic architecture and modernity), on museography and on preserving and diffusing collective memory (connecting the museographic issues with the domestic ambit). Moreover, his research-by-design activity is addressed towards adaptive reuse and valorisation of minor/neglected heritage – among which also the one coming from conflicts - by recurring to sustainable re-active-action strategies stressing the relationship between collective memory and cultural identity, and putting the resources of architecture in the public interest. In these fields he carried out several research projects amongst which: “The Atlantic Wall Linear Museum” , “Abarchive – archivio borghi abbandonati”, “One-hundred houses for one-hundred architects of the XX century”. From 2006 is promoter of IFW-Interior Forum World, an academic network and a web platform for research edited by the PhD in Interiors at POLIMI. On going researches are MeLa - European Museums in a Age of Migrations (www.mela-project.eu) - EU-FP7 funded: 2011-15; REcall – European Conflict Archaeological Landscape Re-appropriation (www.recall-project.polimi.it) - EU funded: 2012-14. He seats in the editorial board of AREA (il sole24ore ed.) from 1997, and from 2010 is in the Advisory Board of the Peer Review Journal 'Interiors' (Berg Publisher Ltd), while from 2012 to 2015 he seats in the Advisory Board of the Peer Review Australian Journal of Interiors “IDEA”.


Dr Bradley L. Garret: Researcher, School of Geography & The Environment, University of Oxford.
Bradley L Garrett has been based at the University of Oxford since October 2012. His first book, Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City (Verso 2013) has just been released in paperback. The book is based on research with urban explorers - people who trespass into, and often photograph, off-limits urban spaces. A collaborative photo book Brad edited with his project participants has also just been published entitled Subterranean London: Cracking the Surface (Prestel 2014). Brad's research interests revolve around ruins and waste, material culture, heritage, urban life, place-making practices, spatial politics, ethnography and digital media methodologies. All of Brad's past, current and future projects work to reveal, through embodied engagement, hidden, overlooked and forgotten environments, places and histories in soil, sea and space.



1: Standard registration fee: £195 for both days. (This includes conference pack, 2 Lunches, Thursday evening buffet, teas + coffees).

2: Interior Educator Members £95 (+1 colleague from the same institution free)

3. Presentation speakers FREE (but need to register)

4: Students of MDX or IE institution: FREE (but need to register)

5: Non-partner Students £20 for two days.

Please visit this link to register and make your payment.

Correspondence - A&DSLO@mdx.ac.uk




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