Nic Clear: 15x15: Fifteen Years of Unit 15

Paul Nicholls, Golden Age-Simulation, chronogram.

Paul Nicholls, Golden Age-Simulation, chronogram (2011). image / provided

AAP Spring 2014 Exhibitions and Events

"After the age of architecture-sculpture we are now in the time of cinematographic factitiousness; literally as well as figuratively, from now on architecture is only a movie." — Paul Virilio, The Aesthetics of Disappearance

For 15 years Nic Clear has been using the moving image in the construction of new architectural possibilities through the work of a postgraduate design unit, Unit 15 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, that uses the moving image to generate, develop, and represent architectural projects.

Students in Unit 15 do not make films of their projects, the film is the project; however, film does not simply mean linear narrative-based work of conventional cinema, the moving image can also be used in installations, performance-based work, and incorporated into computer games and augmented reality. Students are encouraged to use the most appropriate means to effectively describe their ideas.

The exhibition features 100 films and animations produced over the last 15 years as a way of exploring new modes of architectural space, representation, and practice. The films encompass a wide variety of techniques, from stop-frame animation, performance, and motion graphics, to sophisticated computer-generated imagery. The work demonstrates a unique approach to both content and form, and suggests new possibilities for architectural production.

Having previously taught and directed programs at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Clear is currently the head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich, London.

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