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Friday 9 October 2009, 3.00pm until 5.00pm

an InviTe For mAking OrnAmentS

an InviTe For mAking OrnAmentS is a workshop, an intervention, a picnic, and a video taking place around the Serpentine Pavilion 2009 located in Hyde Park. The workshop is suited for artists, architects, kids, gardeners, and designers. There will some be readings and the participants can draw, develop shapes, objects and additions, patterns, pop-ups, and excessive forms that in a wider sense relate to the ornamental and ornaments. The theme of the ornament here refers to the labyrinthine, measured, controlled, repetitive and pattern-like architecture of Victorian gardens. A reference from cinema is Last Year in Marienbad (1961) by Alain Resnais. Theoretically the ornament references the idea of “Das Ornament der Masse” (the mass ornament) as explored by Siegfried Kracauer (1927). This framework leads into thinking around today’s forms of construction of “vast” and “full” spaces, and complex assemblages in architecture and technologically informed environments and networks.

The workshop is a site for practice, making and exchanging ideas – underlying is the question of how concepts of imagination are potentially embodied in spaces of the controlled versus the un-controlled, and the constantly transforming. What does measure mean in mutating environments? Or intervention’s such as Bas Jan Ader’s falling projects, where the body performs a peculiar counter-movement to spatial settings and given environments? And, following Sven-Olov Wallenstein (2009) in Bio-Politics and the Emergence of Modern Architecture, is the imaginary some sort of resistance, when he claims that, “The resistance to rationalisation and discipline cannot entail some pure affirmation of irrational forces, but rather a rediscovery of the multidirectionality and stratification of these processes?”

There will be a prize draw: Win two tickets for the Serpentine Pavilion Park Night New Music Action, Phill Niblock, Friday 9 October, 8pm.