The ‘Co-Construction’ workshop started on Monday with a great team of 12 masters students from the Royal College of Art, who are studying a whole range of subjects – sculpture, textiles, fashion menswear, information experience design, global innovation design, interior design, design products, contemporary art practice, critical writing, innovation design engineering & architecture!
Jan made a heroic 4am start from Devon to get to London in time to unload all his tools and set up in advance of the students’ arrival and we spent most of the afternoon preparing: having a tour of the Museum, introducing ourselves and going through the plan for the week. As the Museum building itself is still being completed, along with all the exhibition displays, there’s a great atmosphere of productivity… with builders from all sorts of contractors working away, and pretty much everyone in the building wearing high-vis jackets & boots.
Yesterday we split into three teams: publication & film (who are documenting the process and producing material for the exhibition) and fabrication (who are cutting the timber joints in preparation for assembly later in the week). It took a while for Jan and the fabrication team to get their heads around the complexity of the angles, and figure out an efficient system to manage the multiple cuts – but after a few slow hours and many sketches on the wall later, they cracked it and were working quickly in two distinct teams. Lewis & David had to pop down to the RCA workshop to borrow their metal cutting facilities, but otherwise we’re making the most of the large loading bay in the Museum which can luckily accommodate the 9m lengths of timber!
The film team have taken some nice shots so far, trying to capture the atmosphere in the Museum as a whole, and the concept of the publication (which reflects the theme of the Residency this year – ‘Open’) is developing well. It’s very exciting to see the project come to life, and to watch it being explored and shared by such an interesting and diverse group of people!