Trig Point 51.4134° N, 0.2115° W was a research project that explored perspectives on the design and use of pedagogical space and the technical and material resourcing required for innovative theatre making and performance practise across the educational, architectural and planning sectors. It was the third part of a continuing programme of practise-based research, following on from Plant Science (2013) and Three Kings (2015), projects in which the researchers examined how processes of orientation, patterns of attachment to locale, materiality of place and other, more esoteric, time-space rhythms help to shape the identity, experience and efficacy of a learning environment.Commissioned by Wimbledon College of Arts, London, the three-week research residency (Feb 3 -Feb 23 2020) formed part of a curatorial series at the college’s Space Gallery, entitled Impermanence. Using language and adapted instrumentation from the field of land surveying, combined with specialist input from the spheres of architecture, education, and environmental studies, Trig Point plotted not only how the college buildings function practically, but also how they position themselves in the minds and imagination of staff, students, and visitors, and how less tangible factors concerning atmosphere, social structures and spatial dynamics might offer up a more provocative set of coordinates from which to navigate a course of study. The researcher's used film and installation, a performance lecture, bespoke map/publication, podcast and structural intervention to recalibrate visitors senses of location awareness and directional finding - a fluid, deliberately playful, reconnaissance that analysed not only benchmarks, supervision and gradation, but the value too of error, inaccuracy, slackness and variation. ‘On the Hoof- Speculation in Unimagined Space' was a performance lecture companion to to the installation. In its first iteration, the one hour lecture explored the relationship between primary and ancillary space within the creative institution. Using film, field notes, 'mocked-up’ construction techniques and surveying equipment, the researchers described the unimagined boundaries of a new model of creative provision; a geomantic prospectus for the material and spatial resourcing of the contemporary creative academy.
|Publication status||Published - 3 Feb 2020|