Glasgow International Festival: Pipe Factory, De Re Aedificatoria (2014)



Inspiration: Arts festival, large-scale modular building, transformable Installation, performance/events
Space: Pipe Factory - Art venue/Vacant building
Materials: USB boxes, Twinplast triangles, wooden connectors,

Length of time: 4 -21st April drop-in Installation and programmed events


This installation brought together Made by Me with Home for Architectural Recreation (a collective of architecture students/ artists and other creative graduates). The installation draws on Becky's research with Made by ME's pavilion project and Home For Architectural Recreation's ongoing interest in architectural intervention and multi-disciplinary approaches. 

The title of this installation takes it names from Leon Battista Alberti's fifteenth century treatise on the art of building. Rather than a reflection on existing architecture this book aimed to set out aspirations for approaches to building in the future, to achieve beauty "so ancient yet so new". The installation also uses the architecture of the Pipe factory as a starting point for a playful reflection into the geometry and atmosphere embedded within the material, and historical fabric of the building. 

Using the modular building materials, visitors were invited to participate with the installation and it evolved over the course of the festival through addition, removal, displacement, and replacement. The installation morphed throughout the festival to accommodate different events. Events included a day of performance art by Spelling Space, a backgammon tournament hosted by artist John Kellock and a family rebuild day.

Thoughts of the brain are experienced by us as arrangements and rearrangements - change - in a physical universe; but in fact it is really information and information-processing which we substantialize. We do not merely see its thoughts as objects, but rather as the movement or more precisely, the placement of objects: how they become linked to one another. But we cannot read the patterns of arrangement; we cannot extract the information in it - i.e. it as information, which is what it is. The linking and relinking of objects by the brain is actually a language, but not a language like ours (since it is addressing itself and not someone or something outside itself).
Journal entry #37
Philip K. Dick, Valis