Studio leaders: Rennie Liffen & Oskar Kazmanli-Liffen
I walk to you after school along that rolling A-road. Turkish kebab shop after Car repair shop after Japanese supermarket. Summer stretching between me and that moment. 6 days a week I'll sweep that floor. A day's sawdust, a life's work. Implements in families on the wall or filed away in drawers waiting for tomorrow. Close the door behind us and you tell me this merchant town is lit up just for us. Like dreaming with eyes open we corral a grandeur that would never be ours.
What everyone wants now is beyond perfection. Brand. New. Satisfaction collapsing between you and that moment. Watch enough unboxing videos and you’ll see what I mean. Peel back the plastic. To you I give the first touch. That's what you bought, the light on my face as I lie here. On a shelf, in a drawer or in your pocket is not throwing something out. Throwing something out is the act of dropping something. It falls. You let it go.
Hold on Hackney
Studio 2 continues to investigate ‘the form of ritual’ in architecture by exploring intimate and idiosyncratic projects that reveal the human dimensions of contemporary life. The poetic architectural potentials of rituals, routines and occupations of buildings and spaces are at the forefront of the studio's interests and the refinement of these across the minutes, days, seasons and lifetimes of selected communities underpins the work of the studio.
The studio promotes sensitivity and humility in architectural thought and process, but also seeks opportunities within projects to explore empowerment and social equality. Context provides this opportunity and is perceived as something beyond the physical, where narrative and imagination are the surveyors of the intricate detail of fictitious places and characterful locations, creating a unique, provocative and shared setting for projects.
OCULUS OF THE HAND : rediscovering apprenticeship, craft and useful work
IN BETWEEN FAULTY AND FAULTLESS : Corridor to Repair Perfection
CONFERRING COURTS : Re-evaluating youth through Tailoring
SCREEN, FILM, SCREEN, SKIN : Images and their infinite capacities to welcome
CONVERGING VOLUMES : Making... of Vi(nyl)olins
BOUNDARIES OF CONTENTION : A Domestic Arraignment
COURTING MEMORIES : Media Reparations for the Eschewed
PELLUCID CAST FOR SONIC SOULS : Limbs + Instruments Remade
SPIRE OF SONIC MANUFACTORY : Selvedge Subculture
PLANAR ACADEMY OF ELECTRONICS : Rhythmic obstructions and playful liberation
CONGREGATION OF POSSESSIONS : The Second Edition Biography
COENOBIUM OF CESSATION : tailoring dispositions of the bourgeois desire