A Museum of Architecture: Challenging Representation(s) 
Rachel Harkness (University of Edinburgh)
Ester Gisbert Alemany (Universidad de Alicante)
Camille Sineau (University of Aberdeen)
SOAS Senate House - S110
Friday 1 June, 11:30-13:00, 14:00-15:30, 16:00-17:30 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

This alternative format panel invites contributors to share how their work with or on architecture, building, dwelling and designing might make manifest an experimental 'Museum of Architecture'.

Long Abstract

The premise for this alternative format panel is a Museum of Architecture: an exhibition temporarily created to discuss anthropological-architectural engagements, through material things, artworks and artefacts.

The exhibition will be a platform for sharing research processes, insights and generating debate on the performative character of architecture-in-practice, its attachment to concrete places, the dwelling experience and the participation of the more-than-human in it. The format will question whether architecture can be brought inside the museum to be interrogated. Thus it is open to contributions that think critically about existing forms of architectural representation (including those within Anthropology). We also wish to consider the temporal and material aspect of architecture. Architectural 'moments' offer one way to think about this: found within building (such as when people throw their weight together to raise a wooden beam) and beyond architecture (such as when people gather to weave large willow forms) wherever the object exceeds the human scale and the entire body and/or multiple bodies are called to share in a common activity (Rendell 2010, Appadurai 2013, Lefevbre 2014, Ingold and Hallam 2014).

The things or artefacts themselves of this Museum may be performative and or visual/audio as well as material. Reflections on their display should be central to each contributor's 'paper' proposal. The sessions will allow time for each person to speak to their contribution and for thinking together, inclusively, about how the room will act as an open exhibition throughout the rest of the conference.

Accepted papers: