The Bartlett


Bartlett Walks: Look, feel, move - experiencing interactive media installations in Canary Wharf

25 January 2017, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Canary Wharf

Event Information

Open to

UCL students


The Bartlett


Canary Wharf Station, Heron Quays Road Canary Wharf London E14 4HJ

This walk will explore Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival. This festival has been running every January throughout Canary Wharf, and features several light-based installations and artworks. Each year the festival presents a different selection of installations (a total of 11 in 2015 and 18 installations in 2016), which are located in distinct areas of Canary Wharf and provide distinct levels of interaction.

‘The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot’ – Werner Herzog.

Walking provides a novel perspective on issues, themes and artefacts within the built environment. Bartlett Walks is a series of PhD student led excursions around different corners of London. Covering diverse themes including smell, water and memory, the walks all assume different methodological or thematic approaches to the built environment.

These walks are open to Bartlett postgraduate students.

Walking through the installations offers a unique opportunity to explore the peculiar vistas and ambiences of a modern business district while enjoying a selection of evocative and beautifully illuminated artworks, each of them proposing a dialogue with the urban environment through a different perspective.

The walk should discuss the relationships between the installations, the people (as viewers or participants of the artworks) and the surrounding built space. On this walk, we will reflect upon and to discuss a range of topics, for example:

•    How do the installations contribute to the overall experience of the space?
•    To what extent each of the installations is able (or not) to encourage interaction?
•    What is the capacity of the installation to entice social encounters, bringing together not only families and friends but also strangers?
•    What are the most striking aesthetic qualities of the installations, in regard to the bodily and sensory engagement they afford?

This walk will be led by Andre Guazzelli Afonso, Bartlett School of Architecture

To sign up for this event, please register via Eventbrite. Places are limited.