JENNIFER ARGO, LEE IVETT
Flavia Notarianni, Bianka Hajdú, Joe Ridealgh, Johannes Fandl, Kate McAleer, Pablo Martínez, Sarolta Rab, Raya Boyukova, Tomasz Budnicki, Zsófia Kőműves
Within contemporary society, people depart from traditional forms of organised religion, and they also limit the opportunity to engage in experiences of memory, ceremony, and sanctuary in pursuit of their own spirituality. The concept provided the opportunity for participants to explore a theme of non-religious spirituality manifested through physical form. All people, regardless of faith, require an outlet for peace, reflection, thought, discussion, and prayer. The Sanctuary seeks to explore the physical possibilities of such a space in a manner that provides for both the individual and the wider collective. The Sanctuary space features a framework constructed out of angled wooden beams – bevelled to create variation in thickness at the joints as in natural formations – so while the form has some geometric elements, this creates a softer, more organic effect.
Jennifer Argo’s work explores an amalgamation of natural systems, using the patterns that exist in the physical universe as a metaphor for metaphysical relationships, and community as a connected whole. Based on the principles of geometry; fractals; geodesics; and more organic patterns, she creates meticulousn hyper-detailed illustrative works, slowing down the drawing process to create emphasis on a consideration of time that extends beyond the here-and-now purview of our current economic and sociopolitical climate. These works explore themes of chaos and order, space and time, in the natural world, and their parallels to anthropological relations that exist within sociological and political dynamics.
During her studies she developed a multidisciplinary practice comprised of sculpture, illustration, photography and installation. She works with several community groups, running workshops with architect, artist and urban designer Baxendale (Lee Ivett ). She is an artist currently living and working in Glasgow with skills in fine art illustration; sculpture; installation; arts development, programming and administration; community practice; visual art assistance and facilitation; event management; project development, fundraising, and marketing. Jennifer's work was recently selected for inclusion at Pick Me Up Selects [Somerset House, London], a showcase for up and coming international artists in the field of illustration and graphic design.
Lee Ivett works with communities + individuals with an ambition to improve their experience of life through an active intervention in their spiritual, social, economic, physical and cultural context. Creates capacity and sustainability for a community whilst ensuring that the physical outcome. Creates conditions for participation from conception to completion and beyond; delivering is appropriate, tangible, valued and has longevity, design that is aspirational, resourceful and affordable.
Tutor/lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, conducting research on participatory cultural practice as a tool for creating conditions for user generated urbanism. He facilitates a research module that explores the benefits of Live Build/Projects within architectural education. He has been a guest reviewer/lecturer/critic on the Neil Denari led Suprastudio March Programme at the University of California in Los Angeles, the MArch Radical Architecture programme at the University of Strathclyde, The Architectural Studies undergraduate. He works with artists, makers, dancers, choreographers, growers, academics, musicians. Creating work within the home, the public realm, the theatre and the gallery in places as programme at ESALA Edinburgh. Contributor to BIO50 - 24th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, Slovenia working with an international team of architects, designers, artists and thinkers to develop new ideas on the theme of Affordable Living.
Born out of our own observation that within contemporary society that as people depart from traditional forms of organised religion they also limit the opportunity to engage in experiences of memory, ceremony and sanctuary in pursuit of their own spirituality. Our concept provides the opportunity for participants to explore a theme of non-religious spirituality manifest through physical form. All people, regardless of faith, require an outlet for peace, reflection, thought, discussion and prayer. Our project seeks to explore the physical possibilities of such a space in a manner that provides for both the individual and the wider collective. This concept presents a method, programme of spaces, framework and visual language that we feel appropriately and creatively meets the needs of this very particular kind of space. The proposal allows space for the thoughts, suggestions and creativity of participants to assist in determining the final outcome; resulting in a sense of shared authorship as well as shared endeavour.