The MPhil in Media Practices draws on the diverse and intellectually rich resources of the AA faculty, along with invited consultants and collaborators, including academics, writers, journalists, critics, publishers, sound and media artists, filmmakers, experimental documentarians and others. In addition, the course will develop associations with cultural institutions in London and beyond.
Mark Campbell is the Director of the MPhil in Media Practices and ‘Paradise Lost’ AA Research Cluster and has taught history and design at the AA since 2005. He completed his PhD and MA at Princeton University and is a Visiting Professor of Architecture at Southeast University, Nanjing. He previously taught at the Cooper Union, Princeton University and Auckland University and served as the managing editor of Grey Room and the Cooper Union Archive. Recent publications include Paradise Lost (2016), ‘The Overlook’ (2015), ‘Unreal Estates’ (2014), ‘Blood Simple’ (2014) and Guns, Household Objects, Road Trips, Bodies, Acts of Devotion & TVs (2013).
Pier Vittorio Aureli is an architect and educator. He is the author of The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture (2011), The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism (2008), and other books. His writings and research focus on the relationship between architecture, the city and political theory. Together with Martino Tattara he is the co-founder of Dogma.
Yoni Bentovim is an award-winning documentarian who graduated with distinctions in directing and editing from the London Film School. He has since gone on to direct many films from award winning short dramas to broadcast television documentaries and has collaborated on projects with many important film figures such as Abbas Kiarostami (Palm D’or winner), Ashvin Kumar (Academy Award nominee), Larry Sider, Etgar Keret and more. Yoni is also a dedicated writer on film who has published articles in prominent film magazines such as Film Waves and Cinemateque. He produces films with Indivision Films.
Polly Braden is a documentary photographer who explores the relationship between everyday life, work, leisure and economics. She works on long-term, self-initiated projects, as well as commissions for international publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Telegraph magazine, Ei8ht magazine, Portfolio, ICON, Photoworks, and Frieze. Her publications include China Between (2010) and Street Photography Now (2010) and, in recent years, she has collaborated with journalists to produce extended photo-essays in the UK, the Middle East, Morocco, Kenya and China. She has exhibited at many venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (2005), Museum of Contemporary Photography (2006), Format International Photography Festival (2011), Museum of London (2011), Krakow Photomonth (2011), Minnie Weisz Gallery (2011), London Festival of Photography (2011) and the Hua Gallary (2012). She is winner of the Joanna Drew Bursary 2013.
Mark Cousins directs the AAs Histories & Theories programmes at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and Visiting Professor designate at the University of Navarre, Pamplona. He is a founding member of the London Consortium graduate school.
Thomas Haywood is a photographer who originally studied history and anthropology before graduating with a Masters in Photography at the Royal College of Art in 2008, winning the Photographers’ Gallery RCA Prize for his final show. His interest in anthropology, history and possibilities of photographic language, and thus my work has become an ongoing experiment in the different strategies available to the photographer to allude to meaning, understanding and experience. His solo shows include ‘Everything Together,’ at Exhibit, London, 2010, and group shows, ‘At Home,’ LoBe in Berlin, ‘From my tongue the sea is visible,’ Round the Corner in Lisbon, ‘Mirror Mirror,’ Jerwood Gallery, and ‘Survey,’ at Standpoint Gallery in London. He is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and a visiting tutor at Copenhagen School of Film and Foto.
Reuben de Lautour is a composer, sound artist and musician. He composes music for solo or ensemble instruments and electronics, and writes about music, theories of sound reproduction, and listening practices. He teaches instrumental and electroacoustic composition at Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music, where he founded the Program in Sonic Arts in 2012. His music has been performed and recorded by artists such as Evelyn Glennie, the Nash Ensemble, and UMS ‘n JIP. He received his PhD from Princeton University, where he studied composition with Paul Lansky and Steven Mackey.
Eva Stenram is a kind of photographic archeologist, sifting through past and present artifacts, interacting with and re-interpreting the imagery she encounters. Her work is ultimately about being a viewer, a consumer of images. Negatives, slides, magazines, images from the Internet and photographic prints are her source of inspiration as well as working material. By muting and mutating her material, the original functions of the photographs are disrupted and often subverted. The photographs’ exact temporal and cultural coordinates are ambivalent, generating curiosity and a desire to see. Her work has been widely exhibited and published.
Laura Tunbridge is Associate Professor of Music at St. Katherine’s College, Oxford. She has previously taught at the University of Manchester and University of Reading and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York and at the History of Listening Emmy Noether Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the recipient of grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy. She is currently editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and is completing a book on early recordings, radio and sound film. Her previous publications include Rethinking Schumann (2011), The Song Cycle (2010) and Schumann’s Late Style (2007).
Consultants & Collaborators
Barbara Ann Campbell-Lange is a graduate of UCL, the AA, Cooper Union NY and Cambridge University and has practiced, written on, taught, governed and examined design in Europe and the USA since 1988. She is a registered architect, has worked in both public and private sectors, for the construction industry, the engineering profession and for six RIBA Gold Medalists. Editor of An Engineer Imagines by Peter Rice (1995), author of Paris (1997), John Lautner: Disappearing Space (1999/2005) and A Book of Hours forthcoming for Copy Press. Recent short texts on thinking and making include The Question of the Present for the Public Occasion Agency 2012, The Question of Honours for AArchitecture 2013, Towards a Prosody of Non-qualities for Little Worlds 2014 and Riddles of Perception for Research Observe Make 2015. She participates in the Fine Art Research Programme at the Royal College of Art where she supervises research in Painting and Photography. Her studio is part of the Campbell-Lange Workshop.
David Greene was born in Nottingham and is an English architect, lecturer and writer on architectural subjects. He began his career designing T-shirts for Paul Smith and was a founding member of Archigram. David was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002 with Archigram and the Annie Spinks Award with Sir Peter Cook also in 2002.
Emily Harris is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has a background in fine art and theatre. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and ran a successful theatre company in Scotland, before studying filmmaking at the London Film School and Royal Holloway University. Her works include ‘Tovarisch, I am not Dead’, Love Arranged and the Bertha BritDoc Award winner We the People (aka 17NRI). In 2012 she joined the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as Head of Digital Recording, Theatre and Performance Department, producing David Bowie Is (2014). She continues to produce films for the V&A alongside her work with Indivision Films.
Catherine Ince is a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, where she has organised major exhibitions including The World of Charles and Ray Eames (2015), Bauhaus: Art as Life (2012), Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (2011) and Junya Ishigami’s installation Architecture as Air (2011). In November 2015 she joins the Victoria and Albert Museum as Senior Curator developing E20, the V&A’s new museum in east London.
Charles Rice is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has previously taught at the University of New South Wales, the Architectural Association and Kingston University London, where he was Head of the School of Art and Design History from 2010-2014. His research considers questions of the interior across art, architecture and design. Publications include Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (2016) and The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (2007), amongst others, and he is co-editor of The Journal of Architecture (Routledge & RIBA).
Jack Self is an architect and writer based in London. He is Director of the REAL foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Real Review. In 2016, Jack curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Kieran Thomas Wardle works in both architectural practice and education. Studying the role of politics within architecture through design research, Kieran is also Director of the Urban Architecture Office and runs undergraduate Studio 10 at the Cass School of Architecture.
Mark Wasiuta is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York, where he is also the Co-Director of the Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture Program and Director of Exhibitions. His publications include Documentary Remains (2016), Collecting Architecture Territories (2013) and Dan Graham’s New Jersey (2011).
Edwin Zwakman is a visual artist works explore the interaction between reality and photography, explored through scaled models and public installations. He studied in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Frankfurt and has exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the European Museum for Photography, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Taipei/Venice Biennials and has had solo exhibitions in the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, and Ludwig Forum, Germany. His publications include Fake but Accurate (2008), Het Gat. Een kunstwerk van Edwin Zwakman (2005), Façades. Rotterdam (1999) and Edwin Zwakman (1997).