Film | Making | Space

Film | Making | Space
Making Space Series

Monday 13 February 2017
6.30 — 8.30pm

During this evening of short screenings and performances, our contributors explore how filmmaking can open up new ways of thinking about architecture.

Established practices of drawing in the visual representation of architecture tend to make us think of space outside time. They limit not only our communication of temporal aspects of architecture, but also design thinking. Introducing the dimension of time through film can bring a space to life. Used as both a creative and critical design tool, film can generate an affective relationship with architecture, a form of empathy with the building.

Film can capture the atmosphere of a space, the additive layers of weathering and the regular patterns of light and shadow cast on the skin of a building. Equally it can unlock the story-telling and emotive potential of design, reveal traces of history and personal memories and frame the daily intimacy of occupation, as well as accentuate and contextualise the link between architecture and identity.

Join us for an evening of short screenings, performances and discussion to explore how filmmaking can open up new ways of thinking about architecture.

Speakers include: 
Dr Penelope Haralambidou – architect, researcher and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Dr Richard Martin – public programmer at Tate and a teaching fellow at King’s College London
Clara Jo – Berlin and London based filmmaker and artist, previous Starr Fellow at the Royal Academy of Arts
Kreider & O’Leary – a poet and an architect who collaborate to make performance, installation and time-based media work
Liam Young – a speculative architect who operates across design, fiction and futures

Following the screenings and discussion, works by PhD students from the Bartlett School of Architecture will be shown in the library. Find out more about their work on the Film | Making | Space blog.

Film | Making | Space is organised in collaboration with the doctoral programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


The House that Philosophy Built

The House that Philosophy Built

14 February | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | London School of Economics | Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Juliet Haysom, Artist and Tutor, The Architectural Association, London
Kristen Kreider, Professor of Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Peg Rawes, Professor in Architecture and Philosophy, University College London

Shahidha Bari, Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

This panel will consider the ways in which philosophers have engaged with architecture and explores how architects have thought philosophically about their own work.  Are there are philosophical ideals at the heart of civic building projects and social housing programmes? What are the principles of good design and how could a three dimensional space represent an idea? Is the primary purpose of a building aesthetic, social or moral?  Do we judge a building on the beauty of its structure, the practicality of its form or the human interaction it enables?  And how should we imagine the skyline of the future?

Image credit: AUJIK, ‘Spatial Bodies‘


Lecture for Multistory Guest Lecture Series at UCA Farnham


We will be presenting a guest lecture for the MULTISTORY Guest Lecture Series at the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham

Thursday 3rd November 2016 // Lecture 5pm // Lecture Theatre W02, UCA Farnham

Multistory is an open lecture series at the University for the Creative Arts that seeks to invite architects, designers, writers, curators, photographers and artists to speak about their work.


Thirteen Points Expanded at Istanbul Biennial

We will be exhibiting our film Thirteen Points Expanded at the Istanbul Design Biennial - Are We Human?

The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, which will officially open on the 22nd October 2016 and last for four weeks, will ask the question: Are We Human? Encompassing a wide range of ideas related to The Design of the Species, from timeframes of 2 Seconds to 2 Days, 2 Years, 200 Years and 200,000 Years, the international show will revolve around one pressing provocation: that design itself needs to be redesigned. It will do so by exploring the intimate relationship between the concepts of "design" and "humanity."

Five primary venues—the Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul and Depo in Karaköy, Alt in Bomonti, and the Istanbul Archaeological Museums in Sultanahmet—will house more than 70 projects by designers, architects, artists, historians, archaeologists and scientists from thirteen countries. In order to "rethink design from the very beginning of humanity," the Biennial will be organised into four overlapping “clouds” of projects: Designing the BodyDesigning the PlanetDesigning Life, and Designing Time.


A Constellation, A Cluster, A Grid at Goldsmiths College


A Constellation, A Cluster, A Grid
Studies in Urban Formation
Date:               Monday, 3rd October
Time:               5.30pm-7.00pm
Location:         Professor Stuart Hall Building, Lecture Theatre 02, Goldsmiths, University of London

Three different urban situations: 

  • the Open City, a radical pedagogical experiment and utopian architectural project founded in 1970 by the Argentinian poet, Godofredo Iommi, and the Chilean architect, Alfredo Cruz, as part of the Catholic University of Chile in Valparaíso;
  • the ‘post-conflict’ city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, where plans are currently underway to remove the city’s infrastructure of ‘Peace Walls’ by 2023;
  • the development of a new campus for the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on the south side of Chicago in the mid-1950’s.

As the focus of Kreider + O’Leary’s creative collaboration, each situation is met with acts of writing, drawing, filming, performance and installation. These acts yield considerations of governmentality, community and resistance as well as, more abstractly, thoughts around a triadic relation between ‘form’, ‘figure’ and ‘rhythm’. For the purposes of this talk, these situations will be presented through extracts of writing as well as images and film clips with the specific aim of opening them up to questions of – and a discussion around – issues of globalization, urbanization and identity.


Border Patrol at SALT Festival

We will be presenting a new work, Border Patrol, at the SALT Festival in Folkestone on. 

Guided Tour & Spoken Word// Border Patrol
Kreider + O’Leary
Sun 2 Oct 1pm
@SALT_fest info:

Co-curated by Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe, and Chris Poundwhite of Go to the Pine, SALT 2016 explores the way in which coastal environments shape who we are and how we think, and asked what the future might hold for the people and places that exist on the edge.

To find out about more about SALT you can download the festival porgramme here and follow them on Twitter @SALT_fest


Writing Buildings in Kent

Writing Buildings: Kent School of Architecture conference
Start: Jul 14, 2016 02:00 PM
End: Jul 16, 2016 08:00 PM
Location: Grimond Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ

We will be presenting at the ‘Writing Buildings’ conference in Kent on July 14.

The conference offers a varied field of speakers approaching the subject of writing about buildings. Conference sessions are organised around  themes such as 'Literary responses to architecture in the past'; 'Creative writing about spaces in the present'; and 'Performance and practice'. The intention is to offer an unparalleled opportunity to be part of a global conversation which will enrich the writing and teaching of all those who work with buildings.

Full conference registration costs £250, and you can book tickets on the University of Kent website.


Architecture & Ecriture in Paris


Kristen will be running a writing workshop as part of Architecture & Ecriture, the first edition of the AA Paris Visiting School programme, 1st-10th July.

Participants will engage in Writing seminars, visits to Artists' books collections and a public event in the unique setting of the Villa Vassilieff with exciting contributions from: 

Mireille Calle-Gruber, Professor at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, editor of Michel Butor’s “Œuvres Complètes” (Paris: La Différence, 2006) and co-author with Hélène Cixous of “Photos de Racines” (Paris : Des Femmes, 1994).

Wayne Daly, London-based graphic designer focusing on publishing, editorial and visual identity. Co-founder of Bedford Press, an imprint at the AA School of Architecture, which publishes books and ebooks at the intersection of architecture, visual art, graphic design and theory.

Didier Faustino, Artist and architect exploring the relationship between body and space, diploma unit master at the AA and chief editor of French architectural and design magazine “Architectures Créé”

Sujung Jun, South-Korean artist in residence at the Villa Vassilieff, recipient of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship for her work on synaesthesia and literature.

Kristen Kreider, Poet and Director of the practice-based PhD Programme, English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, author of “Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subjects and Site” (I.B. Tauris, January 2014).

Caroline Rabourdin, Architect and essayist, head of the AA PARIS Visiting School, lecturer at the Architectural Association and PhD candidate at Chelsea College of Arts London (UAL)


Forms of Criticism at Parasol Unit


We will be presenting the written component of our work Thirteen Points, Expanded at the symposium:

Forms of Criticism
Thursday 30 June | 10am - 6pm
Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road / London / N1 7RW
FREE ∙  Booking required

This symposium aims to present a variety of different views on critical practice as a creative experiment with form in its own right. It invites a re-examination of the relationship between research and forms adopted for presenting, communicating and disseminating it. Not limited to a single discipline, this event brings together artists, curators, writers, critics and scholars addressing questions of creative-critical hybridity through talks, performances, screenings, readings and installations.

Participants will include:

  • Kate Briggs (American University in Paris)
  • Nick Thurston and Simon Morris (Information as Material)
  • Peter Jaeger (Roehampton)
  • Marquard Smith, John Beck (Westminster)
  • Gary Hall (Coventry)
  • Richard Misek (Kent)
  • Amy Clarke (Banner Repeater)
  • Kristen Kreider (RHUL/Kreider + O'Leary)
  • An Paenhuysen (Berlin)  Eric Cazdyn (Toronto).

Forms of Criticism is organised by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster and hosted by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.

For more information, please go to:



Writing Photographs at LCC

We will be presenting our work as part of the Writing Photographs lecture series at the London College of Communications on 15 June 2016, 4.00-6.00pm.

‘Word, Image and Situated Practice’
In this cross-platform survey we shall examine a number of works, looking specifically at the role of word and image in our nomadic, situated practice. How do words - and, by extension, the architecture of sentences, paragraphs and essays - operate within, beside and beyond the image to open and communicate meaning?                                                                                                                                                                                    

Student Presentations: Albi Gualtieri (BAP3), Brenda Vega (MAP16)

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Please RSVP or direct enquiries to Wiebke Leister                                      

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Funded by UAL Communities of Practice fund and LCC Research Hub funding. 


Thirteen Points, Expanded at &Model

We are presenting a work entitled 'Thirteen Points, Expanded' at &Model gallery in Leeds as part of the Wayfaring exhibition curated by the artist Laura White.


Focusing on the ‘Interface Areas’ that separate Nationalist and Unionist communities in Belfast, 'Thirteen Points, Expanded' reflects on the specific spatial and psychological conditions that contour the parts of the city that have been segregated as a result of the political conflict in Northern Ireland. The work is in three parts, subtitled Plan, Section & Elevation: The ‘Plan’ is an architectural part of the work; the ‘Section’ is a HD video work; the ‘Elevation’ is a collection of thirteen prints on aluminium panel.


Laura White
Michelle Williams Gamaker
Zoë Mendelson

Wayfaring, curated by Laura White in collaboration with &Model Leeds, looks at the territory White shares with other artists whose work asks similar questions and who also travel across diverse disciplines, as writers, researchers, educators, makers, craftspeople, film-makers, architects or poets. In fluid movement between investigations and disciplines, processes are revealed and are always open to further possibilities. Materials drive the process as much as the artist handling them (film, video, architecture, words, leather, clay, paper, photography) and thinking through making and understanding by doing are central to how these artists work and the way the exhibition is made.

Preview on Thursday 28 April 2016, 6pm-8pm, then open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 2pm to 5pm until 4 June 2016.


Architecture | Film | Essay

We will be presenting and discussing our work in relation to the architectural film essay at this forthcoming event.

Date: 19 April 2016
Time: 09:30 - 18:30
Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, Gower Street WC1E 6BT

Architecture | Essay | Film is a one-day symposium bringing together filmmakers, architects and theorists to discuss the role of the ‘essay film’ in architecture. Originally coined by the German artist and filmmaker Hans Richter, the term essay film describes an intimate, allusive and idiosyncratic genre at the margins between fiction and documentary. Although under-theorised the essay film has a long history as a ‘form that thinks and thought that forms’ according to French film essayist Jean-Luc Godard. Architecture | Essay | Film will focus on essay films that take as their subject matter architecture or the city, what we call ‘architectural essay films’. We have asked our speakers to reflect on: What are the characteristics of the architectural essay film? Do architectural essay films unlock the storytelling, political and philosophical subconscious of architecture? Can architectural essay films be seen as a design research method, bridging theory and practice, as well as filmmaking and architectural proposition?

Conceived and developed by Dr Penelope Haralambidou, the symposium is organized by Anna Andersen, Dr Penelope Haralambidou and Phuong-Trâm Nguyen at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


Dr Erika Balsom Lecturer in Film Studies and in Liberal Arts at King’s College London, specialising in the study of the moving image in art, author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013) and Documentary Across Disciplines (2016)  
Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Living Architectures Artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, who experiment with new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture. Known for Koolhaas Houselife (2013), Barbicania (2014), La Maddalena (2015), and Spiriti (2015) 
Richard Martin, writer and researcher working on contemporary film, art and architecture. He is the author of The Architecture of David Lynch (2014), and currently teaches at King’s College London and Tate Modern  
James O’Leary and Dr Kristen Kreider, Kreider + O’Leary A poet and an architect, who collaborate to make performance, installation and time-based media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest. Known for Gorchakov’s Wish (2011) and Edge City (2013)  
Professor Laura Rascaroli, Professor and Co-Head of the Discipline of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, author of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and The Essay Film (2009)   
Kibwe Tavares, Factory Fifteen Architect trained filmmaker and actor, member of Factory Fifteen, known for Jonah (2013) and Robots of Brixton (2011)  
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Fugitive Images Filmmaker, artist and cultural activist co-founder of the artists’ collective Fugitive Images, known for Estate, a Reverie (2015)  

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Twitter: @archessayfilm


Experimental Writing @ Carroll / Fletcher

Date: 18th March 2016
Time: 7.00pm
Location: 56 - 57 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EQ

We will be reading from a selection of works including Falling (Copy Press, 2015) and the forthcoming Field Poetics (EROS Press, 2017). In addition, they will screen a selection of video work that is made in parallel to the text works. 

The reading/screening will be followed by a conversation between Kreider + O’Leary and writer and academic Maria Fusco.

This is the second event in the Experimental Writing @ Carroll/Fletcher series. Organised by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster and Carroll/Fletcher, the series showcases contemporary developments in experimental writing and their relationship to the visual arts.

For more information, please contact either Kaja Marczewska at or Asya Bachelis at


Art & the Public Sphere

Freee Art Collective, 'Protest Drives History' (2008)

Freee Art Collective, 'Protest Drives History' (2008)

James discusses his research into the ‘Interface Areas’ that separate Nationalist and Protestant communities in Belfast along with Dr. Mel Jordan and two other PhD students as part of the TECHNE/Royal Holloway Practice-based PhD Programme Seminar.

Date/Time: Wednesday, 20th January, 5pm-7pm
Venue: Senate House, 1 Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (Room 261)

Dr. Mel Jordan
Royal College of Art

To what extent can public sphere theory contribute to the understanding of art, its function and its publics in the practice of the Freee art collective 2004- 2012?

Freee’s art practice (2004 – 2012) has been concerned with the notion of the public sphere. My research proposes that the use of public sphere theory -the philosophy of participatory and deliberative democracy in general – could aid a more complex analysis of art and it’s onlookers.  Public sphere theory theorized by Williams (Williams: 1958), Habermas (Habermas: [1962] 1989), Mouffe (Mouffe: 1999), Fraser (Fraser: 1990) – suggests ways in which dialogic understanding and the resolution of differences may aid engagement by a range of publics, including those normally marginalized or excluded from the public sphere. This presentation will introduce the theory of art and the public sphere and discuss how my art practice was used as a methodology for addressing the problems outlined in the research.

> Dr Melanie Jordan is an artist and academic; she works collaboratively with Dave Beech and Andy Hewiit as the Freee art collective. Jordan’s research is engaged with problematising the historical understanding of public art by utilising public sphere theory to enable a new understanding of art and its publics. Jordan is principal editor for the journal, Art and the Public Sphere.

Student Presenters:

Dawn Woolley (Royal College of Art, Photography)
James O’Leary (University of Brighton, Architecture)
Hattie Coppard (Royal Holloway, Geography)


Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange


Kristen will be presenting our work on Open City at the Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange at Roehampton University.

Date: 2 December 2015
Time: 5.00pm-7.00pm
Location: Studio 5, Jubilee Building, University of Roehampton

Open City
Architecture, Poetry and the Production of Not-Knowing

Open City (Ciudad Abierta) is a radical pedagogical experiment started in 1970 by the Argentinian poet Godofrodo Iommi and the Chilean architect Alfredo Cruz as part of the Catholic University of Chile at Valparaìso. Situated on a strip of sand dunes just off of the Pacific Ocean, Open City consists of a constellation of building works that, together, make up a recognisable – if unusual – urban system. Here one finds an agora, a chapel, a palace, a garden, a cemetery, a music room and numerous hospederías where people live and work. 

As per the ethos of the Open City, all building works begin with poetry and building construction is carried out in an ad-hoc, accretive manner by students and staff who live and work on site. In this manner, the foundation for architectural knowledge shifts from the realm of formal geometry and mathematics to that of poetry and the word, while production becomes inherently linked to a sense of community, occupation and social responsibility.

This talk tells the story of Open City, touching on its ethos as well as its key elements and practices. In the course of this telling, details drawn from a site study undertaken by Kreider + O’Leary at Open City last year act as springboards into an exploratory discussion of Open City as an alternative – resistant – site of knowledge production.


Peacewall Archive at the Barbican

James will be launching the Peacewall Archive with  an exhibition entitled ’Fragments of the Peacewall Archive’ at the the Kinesis & Stasis Conference at the Barbican Centre, London on Friday, 27 November 2015.

New Digital Archive for Belfast’s ‘Peacewalls’:
The Peacewall Archive aims to provide a definitive online documentation of the Belfast 'Peacewalls' in Northern Ireland. Through photography, drawing, video, text and audio, this archive documents the steady growth and hesitant removal of interface barriers from 1969 to the present day.  Currently in an embryonic state showing the amount and condition of interfaces in Belfast in 2015, we hope that this archival website will grow to include local area maps, historical photographs, contemporary photographic series, texts and writings, policy documents, aerial footage and audio and video recordings of testimony from local residents, specialists and politicians.

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This project stems from the recent replacement of the Workman’s Gate Entrance at the Falls/Shankill Interface on Belfast's Lower Springfield Road in April 2015 and the removal of the former Girdwood Perimeter Wall in Oldpark / Cliftonville in November 2015.  These particular events confirm the quiet fact that the ‘Interface Areas’ in Belfast are indeed slowly transforming and will, in all likelihood, continue to do so as we approach the Northern Ireland Executive’s target of complete removal of all interface barriers by 2023.  

Physical barriers have increased in number and size in Belfast since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. However, some of the barriers photographed in 2014-15 and currently documented on the ‘Peacewall Archive’ website (Brucevale Park and Cliftonpark Avenue) have recently been removed in November 2015. Locally, the existence of this archive will serve as further evidence that the physical interfaces are going through a process of removal, changing in state from physical artifacts to digital archive.  Looking ahead, the website will serve as a record, and perhaps a warning to other contested zones about the long-term implications of separation and segregation on urban, architectural and local community levels.

This project is the first in a series of works entitled 'Interface Architecture'.

This research has been funded by:
- The Arts & Humanities Research Council
- The Bartlett Architecture Research Fund, University College London.


Against Delivery - Slade, UCL

Kristen will act as a Plenary Speaker for Against Delivery at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Against Delivery
Slade School of Fine Art
Slade Research Centre Woburn Square
12-13 November 2015

On 12-13 November 2015 the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, doctoral programme will be hosting a two-day research event under the auspices of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN) and the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) entitled Against Delivery. The event will take place at the Slade Research Centre Woburn Square in central London and is open to staff and students from UCL, LAHP and EARN.


Literary Kitchen Finale

We will be presenting Falling Fugue II with writer and musician Doug Cowie for the finale of the Literary Kitchen Festival in Southeast London.

Day: 18th October
Time: 7-11pm
Venue: The Peckham Pelican
Cost: £5/3

A scene is set through music, image, text and, through this, the figures are falling. From zero gravity to everything flowers we hear of philosophy, laughter, architecture and war. As the event gathers momentum, a picture emerges: it looks something like today.


Architecture, Performance, Materials - VideoGUD, Sweden

Kreider + O’Leary have been selected by Tate Curator Marianne Mulvey and Videogud to present video work at a group show entitled “Architecture, Performance, Materials” in various public spaces throughout Sweden from September 3rd, 2015.

Videogud is a collaboration between art and film units in the counties of Gävleborg, Uppsala and Dalarna in Sweden.  The network aims to make current video art accessible to all,by commissioning video projects for display on its video stations, which are located at health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums and cultural centers throughout the country.

For this exhibition, Kreider + O’Leary will exhibit a 9 minute video work entitled ‘LA Tapped’, recorded in Los Angeles in 2010 and edited for this exhibition in 2015.  ‘LA Tapped’ is a spatial enactment of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA. Here Kreider + O’Leary perform the building as per philosopher Frederic Jameson’s reading of it – as a model of postmodern architecture and an allegory for the logic of late capitalism. The video documents a recurring tap dance routine, performed at various locations throughout the Bonaventure including elevators, walkways, conference spaces, service areas, shops, elevated running track and outdoor pool. The tapping sound solicits a response from the architecture, providing a nuanced reading of the materiality of the various spaces encountered. As the performance proceeds, the sound recorded in the Bonaventure is fused with sound sampled from John Pilger’s film ‘The War We Did Not See’ exposing the enmeshment of representations of our built environment with the logic of late capital, and the systematic violence that this logic upholds and reinforces. 

Participating Artists:

Kreider + O’Leary - LA Tapped
Kihlberg + Henry - The Order of Things
Aura Satz - Onomatopoeic Alphabet
Laura Cooper - Divine Intervention & Spinning Ritual
Tamarin Norwood - New Felt Tips & Keeping Time

“Architecture, Performance, Materials” is curated by Marianne Mulvey - Tate Curator of Public Programmes.  
Kreider + O’Leary website:
VideoGUD website: 

This exhibition is funded by the Swedish Arts Council 


Drawing Ambiguity

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We have contributed a chapter to the book Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art, which has just come out with I.B.Tauris. The chapter, entitled 'Particles of Moisture and other Substance Suspended in Air and Visible as Clouds: Approaching Ambiguity through Site-Related Creative Practice' outlines a history, theory and practice of site-related creative practices across poetry, art and architecture. In setting this out, we argue for the importance of ambiguity in such practices, including our own. Alongside this written component, we engage with an expanded drawing technique to delineate the specific narrative of one of our site-related projects, Video Shakkei.

Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art, edited by Phil Sawdon and Russ Marshell, is the third book in the innovative TRACEY series on contemporary drawing. Drawing Ambiguity builds upon its predecessors, Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2007 and Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, 2012, by proposing that a position of ambiguity, a lack of definition, is not only desirable within fine art drawing but also necessary - having the capacity to enable and sustain drawing practices. What happens if we are ambivalent to what is a drawing, or what drawing is? 

See our Publications page for more information.