Corpo-real Summer School

Programme

In a week-long workshop we will undertake research into the relationship between the body and our whereabouts, using research by making, research by thinking, research by testing. You will be draw-ing and working with a material at one to one scale, whilst documenting the steps taken along the way.

Tutor of the Summer School is John Lonsdale: “If knowledge is forged in movement then how can we understand architecture within these terms too? When making things it is through movement that helps us to understand and to create. We try things out and in so doing begin to learn of the material, what it does and what we can do to it and what, in turn it can do or mean to us. Tim Ingold says that all our whereabouts are experienced as a ‘wayfarer’ with which we are in correspondence. It is an embodied experience by which know where we are and how we gain a sense of self. So the workshop begins with working with one material in a direct and visceral way. From the outset we shall have no idea of an outcome or a projection of the result. It is through making that we shall find out where we go with the material, setting off on a path of knowing by doing, for doing something is a movement and is in the very nature of making. The week shall be made up of a series of short workshops with some exercises in registering movements made whilst working with one material”. 

“If knowledge is forged in movement then how can we understand architecture within these terms too? When making things it is through movement that we can gain an understanding of how to create. We try things out and in so doing begin to learn of the material, what it does and what we can do to it and what, in turn, it can do or mean to us. Tim Ingold says that all our whereabouts are experienced as a ‘wayfarer’. It is as wayfarers that we are in correspondence with our whereabouts. It is an embodied experience through which know where we are and how we gain a sense of self. The workshop will begin with getting to know the IJssel stroom how it has shifted its flow across the years.

In the LAB we shall make tests with the mud and get to know how it ‘behaves’. We shall let it flow, let it be blocked by putting hindrances in its way using rough and quick cardboard structures to do so. From the outset we shall have no idea of an outcome or a projection of the result. It is through making that we shall find out where we go with the material, setting off on a path of knowing by doing, for doing something is a movement and is in the very nature of making. The week shall be made up of a series of short workshops with some exercises in registering movements made whilst working with mud”.
John Lonsdale – tutor

John Lonsdale, Architect and Landscape Artist
John studied at the Architectural Association in London. In 2001 he was awarded the Prix de Rome for Landscape Architecture and Urbanism for his work called Shifting Horizons before founding his practise John Lonsdale Architect in 2004. He explores the relationship between architecture and landscape using buildings, or architecture, as the means through which to express his art. Since 2014 his practice has been working on the restoration of a small farm holding in Northumberland whilst carrying on leading workshops in architecture and landscape at home and abroad. He now teaches at Northumbria University.

During the week you will also participate in a social programme, featuring activities through which you will get to know each other and the city of Zwolle. There will be a community lunch, an evening programme and joint arrival and closing meetings.

"I experienced a good mindset: sometimes we need to focus on the process- not the final destination: like we could be happy on the road- not the end of it."

Phuong Duy Dao - Participant


The Corpo-real Master’s programme starts in the week following the Summer School.