The Institut fur Architekturebezogene Kunst at TU Braunschweig

The Institut fur Architekturebezogene Kunst at TU Braunschweig

Together with Jol Thomson, Natalija Miodragovic and Alan Prohm  designed and delivered a new curriculum for multidisciplinary arts practice in the Anthropocene at the Institut fur Architekturebezogene Kunst (IAK) directed by Tomás Saraceno, at the Technical University of Braunschweig.  Each Friday we worked with approximately one hundred and sixty undergraduate architecture students on creative spatial experiments, with concentrations on collective action and participation, the more-than-human world, creative geographical methods and collaborative storytelling.

With Jol and Tomás I also convened a graduate seminar called 'Becoming Pilot'.  The seminar was focused on developing a new "thermodynamic imagination" for futures of lighter-than-air dwelling and politics.  We designed and launched 'aerosolar' sculptures, made "aerographic" maps, programmed microcontrollers for tracking and altitude control, revised contemporary rules of the air, wrote and performed geographical stories, and cultivated our sensibilities towards the patterns and circulations of energy and air.  

Visit www.iak-institute.org for more information on our undergraduate and graduate teaching and research.

First meeting of the "Becoming Aerosolar" graduate seminar at The New Art Institute, TU Braunschweig.

First meeting of the "Becoming Aerosolar" graduate seminar at The New Art Institute, TU Braunschweig.

An aerosolar sculpture made by former Becoming Pilot seminar student Alexander Bouchner flying above Cappadocia, during the Cappadox Arts Festival, May 2016.  Photography by Sasha Engelmann.

An aerosolar sculpture made by former Becoming Pilot seminar student Alexander Bouchner flying above Cappadocia, during the Cappadox Arts Festival, May 2016.  Photography by Sasha Engelmann.