Trig Point 51.4134° N, 0.2115° W: (previous working title: Impermanence)

Ewan Forster (Artist), Christopher Heighes (Artist)

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Trig Point was a multi-component, research output that explored the relationship between architectural design and the teaching of theatre and performance arts in higher education. Specifically, the research components were a site-specific installation and film, a performance lecture (‘On the Hoof – Speculation in Unimagined Space’) and a collaborative podcast series. The project took a systematic approach, using a phenomenological methodology of empathetic encounter and guided interaction to reveal the underlying commonalities and intertwined relationships that need to cohere for a sustainable, self-supporting and generative learning environment to exist.

The research was driven by two simple questions: ‘How should we provision the teaching of performance?’ and ‘What are the material and spatial resources that students of performance need?’ The research was commissioned by Space Gallery at Wimbledon College of Arts as part of their 2019 exhibition series ‘Impermanence’ with additional funding from UAL and the University of Roehampton.

The three-month residency employed three distinct research methodologies to explore the relationship between architectural design, creativity and learning:

1.A systematic film survey of the primary and ancillary teaching spaces and service areas –to understand how staff and students perceived, navigated and utilised their working environment.

2.Site-specific intervention in both gallery space and public realm, which adapted the vocabulary and methodology of land surveying to concisely place concrete trigonometric marker points in main thoroughfares, axis points, and meeting areas of the college. This interactive network was presented in parallel with a triptych of documentary films and a specially designed map, incorporating field notes and essays - to facilitate playful self-navigation of the whole campus by which visitors could encounter and experience subtle patterns of interdependence, mutability and connectivity.

3.Live performance lecture and curated podcast series - to broaden the debate around environmental resourcing of the creative arts beyond the commissioning organisation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWimbledon
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2020

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