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Residency Studio: Nurturing the Spirit

Nurturing the Spirit is a residency that brings together the Osamu Ishiyama Laboratory, Waseda University, Tokyo; Smout Allen (Mark Smout and Laura Allen) of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London; and Matthew Jones and Rhian Thomas of the Design Research Unit of the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. Jessica Balla has made this film about the residency that is currently being screened in the Residency Studios.

 

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The project partners bring to Ruthin Craft Centre the fruits of a combined long distance collaboration to create an installation in the Residency Studios. 


Residency Studio: Osamu Ishiyama Laboratory

The work of Osamu Ishiyama is known worldwide through international projects and exhibitions, most recently a retrospective at the Weimar School of Architecture and representing Japan at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. 

The Laboratory members working on this project are Taishi Watanabe, Assistant Professor with postgraduate associates Kengo Sato and Shinya Saotome.


Residency Studio: Smout Allen

Recently shown at the Nevada Museum of Art, the work of Smout Allen – Laura Allen and Mark Smout – has a strong local connection as Smout, Head of Research at Bartlett, was born and educated in north Wales. Their main area of research in making objects that relate to their great interest in people living on the margins of existence.

Take a look below at the fascinating installation Lunar Wood by Smout Allen which can be viewed in the Residency Studio at Ruthin Craft Centre until 24 June.

The installation, which speculates on intriguing mythical beliefs and traditional attitudes that pervade our understanding of natural materials, was produced for a Nurturing the Spirit, a residency that brought together the Osamu Ishiyama Laboratory, Waseda University, Tokyo; Smout Allen and the Design Unit of the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. It takes the form of a counter-balanced wooden landscape where equilibrium is disturbed and reset by bursts of air from below and the swinging movement of weights from above triggering the landscape to move in a rhythmic wave. The surface can be seen and heard to resonate with the fluctuating and reciprocal push and pull of natural cycles.


Residency Studio: Matthew Jones and Rhian Thomas

Matthew Jones and Rhian Thomas of the Design Research Unit Wales, are involved in a range of design commissions such as the Brechfa Mountain Bike Centre, Carmarthen, the Environmental Research Classroom, Blaenau Gwent and the Field Project in Cardiff.

 

This residency project is funded by the Arts Council of Wales