SoA Graduate Exchange: Lecture Series - Ruairi Glynn, Director of the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture - "Animating Architecture"
We’ve been witnessing whirlwind progress in robotics promising driverless cars, autonomous flying vehicles, and seemingly endless other forms of intelligent kinetics to soon co-habit our built environment. I'm going to talk about how these technologies are expanding architecture's aesthetics of space, form, and material, to encompass concerns of behavior. In particular I’ve been fascinated with an uncanny sense of life, or animacy found in the objects and spaces we design to have their own agency. At the Interactive Architecture Lab, the "Animacy Aesthetic" is so pervasive I’ve been looking to understand why we so irresistibly project life and personality into matter. I’ve been looking outside of arts to understand how the sciences explain the perceptual, emotional, and social effects of autonomous machines. I’ve also learnt much from working closely with puppeteers, and choreographers in the production of my recent Installations at the Tate Modern & Centre Pompidou - both works intended to create experiences for the public that play with artificial life. Finally to broaden things out a little, I would like to share the latest related projects by my students on the Interactive Architecture Lab Masters programme.