Describing Architecture ‘Memory and Place’
Describing Architecture is an annual exhibition which looks at how buildings and spaces are designed and documented. The exhibition explores unseen aspects of architectural practice, alongside its critical relationship to the visual arts and the work of artists. This year the exhibition will explore the theme ‘Memory and Place’ and will be installed in the City Assembly House and Powerscourt Townhouse Centre on South William Street, Dublin 2.
Describing Architecture contains work across a wide range of media including architectural models from award winning practices Carmody Groarke and McGonigle McGrath, drawing studies by students of DIT Architecture and work from a broad spectrum of national and international artists in painting, photography, mixed-media, audio and film. The work in the exhibition considers how a narrative of place both real and imagined can be developed, and how a sense of place is registered and recorded in collective and individual memory. This exhibition is the starting point for a planned two year programme which will develop and explore further strands of the ‘Memory and Place’ theme.
This will be the exhibition’s fifth year. It will open to the public during the Open House weekend on Friday 17th October and run until November 8th 2014.
A series of evening and lunchtime events will be programmed during the exhibition, including an evening of talks by participants on Thursday 23rd October, a Learning Lab workshop with NCAD entitled ‘Space, Place and Communities of Practice’ on Wednesday 29th October, and an informal open conversation around aspects of the ‘Memory and Place’ theme on Wednesday 5th November. Please check www.describingarchitecture.com for more details.
Alongside the exhibition, Powerscourt Townhouse are delighted to be supporting artist in residence – Noelle Gallagher. Noelle will be working in the Centre and developing a collection of works reflecting on the history and fabric of the building. The work produced from the residency will be exhibited at various stages during its production.
The exhibition is organised and curated by Antóin Doyle, supported and part-funded by the Architectural Association of Ireland, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, and DublinTown, and supported by the Irish Architecture Foundation and NCAD. Venue support is provided with thanks to the Irish Georgian Society and Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, with exhibition sponsorship from Hackett Reprographics and Woodworkers.