The Artist as Maverick Architect, talk @The Royal Academy, London. March 21.

I am excited to take part in the talk: The Artist as Maverick Architect at The Royal Academy in London together with:

Pablo Bronstein – artist, selected for the 2016 Duveen Commission at Tate Britain
Tamsin Dillion – Curator, Kings Cross Development
Sean Griffiths – artist and architect; former director, FAT; Professor of Architecture, University of Westminster (chair)
Mie Olise Kjærgaard – artist, working in Denmark and USA
Maria Lisogorskaya – architect, Assemble; Turner Prize winner 2015


Sean Griffiths, co-founder of FAT, one of the architects featured in Mavericks, chairs this discussion exploring the different perspectives artists can bring to the making of architecture.
Architecture is no longer solely the domain of architects, but of artists too. Recent years have seen the work of a number of different artists cross into what we usually class as architecture, in some instances as far as whole buildings. Whether working on their own or in collaboration with architects, as is also increasingly common, artists bring a very different way of thinking about both the meaning and function of buildings and space.
In this event, we explore what artists and an artistic sensibility bring to the both the conception and production of architecture. How do artists and architects differ in their approach to an architectural project? Does the experience of working without the functional constraints imposed by architecture allow artists to approach a problem in a more open and flexible way? As the role of the architect is marginalised, are artists, in fact, the new maverick architects?