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Curators' Talk: Life of Clay
Talk at The Architecture Centre
Thursday 2 March, 18:00, £7/£5
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How do modern technologies impact upon the treatment of an ancient material, clay?
Join us for an evening talk with the Life of Clay exhibition curators artist Eleanor Morgan and architect Guan Lee to hear about the experimental practices' undertaken at Grymsdyke Farm.
Working in collaboration with research institutions, students and makers, Eleanor Morgan and Guan Lee will discuss the trial and error processes involved in creating new forms from an old material and the lively possibilities of clay.
With the assistance of a RIBA Research Trust Award, curators artist Dr. Eleanor Morgan and architect Dr. Guan Lee worked with research institutions, students and makers at the farm to challenge the conventional treatment of clay. They playfully ask if this most elemental material can be revolutionised through modern process, such as using an industrial sausage-stuffing machine or the robotic arms of a car building device. Curator Dr. Eleanor Morgan explains:
"Life of Clay is the culmination of two years of experimenting - of trial, error, playing and perfecting. Our approach was to bring people together with a shared interest in clay, from archeologists to heritage builders, digital coders, artists and architects, to push the potential of clay forms. The project began as a collaboration between architect and artist, and we wanted the exhibition to convey our shared interest in the processes of making and the visual and tactile possibilities of a material."
When establishing Grymsdyke Farm, Dr. Guan Lee’s vision was to create a site in which practitioners have the space and time to experiment with materials and design within a specific setting. It is the specific relation to place that is important, as Dr. Guan Lee reflects:
“The work we do here is really embedded in the place. It’s about a living, working practice that combines traditional materials and techniques with new technology."