The Bartlett School of Architecture


Constructing Realities Lecture Series Autumn 2019

17 October 2019–28 November 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Rewriting Spatial Narratives, by Anastasia Perahia and Valeria Muteri

This public lecture series invites speakers to explore the current trends in the making, process and design of our built environment, looking at how new technologies are shaping the future of the spaces around us.

This event is free.

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Emily Stone


Various locations
UCL at Here East

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Our public lecture series, Constructing Realities, runs throughout the autumn and spring on selected Thursday evenings.

We will hear from artists, architects, designers, scientists and other interdisciplinary practitioners who are at the forefront of their industry and understand how different disciplines influence and challenge the thinking of other practices. The series is discursive, interactive and offers opportunities for students, academics, industry professionals and the wider public to learn from and question the people who are constructing the realities we inhabit.

Topics include dissident architecture, representing loss and bio-materials.


17 October: Anastasia Perahia Dede and Valeria Muteri

18:30 – 20:30
Old Baths, Hackney Wick, E9 5JH

Rewriting Spatial Narratives – Sicilian Mafia Dissidence and the Disappearing Ladino in Greece

Rewriting Spatial Narratives, by Anastasia Perahia and Valeria Muteri
Situated Practice MA students Anastasia Perahia Dede and Valeria Muteri share and perform their work followed by a discussion with invited guests.
Anastasia presents a video exploring the nexus of language and landscape through the disappearance of judeao-spanish/ladino in Greece. 

Valeria’s intervention includes a performative reading from a ‘balcony’ representing the main dissident found in Castelvetrano, Sicily, Giuseppe Cimarosa. Son of a cousin of the current mafia Godfather, Giuseppe responded to the family by declaring his position against the mafia publicly. The project is an homage to his brave act of resistance.
Invited guests include Anna Sergi, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex with a specialism in organised crime.

Food and drink will be available to purchase from Gaia Pulses at The Baths after the event.

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Trigger warning:
Some of the issues shared and discussed during this event about organised crime may be distressing to visitors. You are welcome to step out of the space at any time during the performance or discussion should you wish.

Image: Anastasia Perahia Dede, still from film

21 November: Nikoletta Karastathi

18:30 – 20:00
UCL at Here East, E15 2GW

Knitted Structures – Bio-materials and the Performance of Manufacturing

Nikoletta Karastathi, 4D knitting sample of work.
Advanced Architectural Research graduate, Nikoletta Karastathi and invited guests Jane Scott, specialist in knit design and technology at Leeds University,  and Bastian Beyer, architect and researcher working with fibre-based structures, discuss the programming possibilities of different materials, including bio-materials and their relationship to knitting. Using knitted structures as architectural forms Nikoletta looks at how different materials respond to the environment they are in.
A selection of materials and structures will be on display to view and explore after the discussion.

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Image: Nikoletta Karastathi, 4D knitting sample of work.


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