AA school of architecture

EXPATs - Choosing Your Own World Ex Patria: Island #1: BASE STATION SARDINIA (the Virtual House, 17-23/03/15)

participant: Sumaya Islam, Mariana Vargas, Dongsoo Koo, Anne Lewald, Anne Laubner, Shahed Naji, Daniel Daoudi

2014/15 Academic Year - Post Graduate Diploma*, 12 months, full-time or two years, part-time

In today’s global world we can create anywhere, work everywhere and construct and find our own home. Affordable air travel, a higher standard of living conditions and the constant search for creative networks and opportunities encourages a dispersed lifestyle whereby the individual constantly creates his own environment and with it new modes of production. A whole generation of creatives live in locations of their choosing and create work that is independent from single locations and fixed structures, which undulates around multiple hubs of creativity.

The AA Interprofessional Studio is such a creative hub. This year the studio will utilise its networks and create a series of productions in relation to three ‘expat’ locations: the islands Sardinia, Ibiza and Guernsey, drawing upon the unique qualities of the location to develop an extravaganza of music, dance and spatial performance. We will research how we can become expatriates in spite of ‘global citizenship’ or virtual networks and ‘unplug’ from these in order to be able to feed back into the same with new, inspired work.

In collaboration with Mangiabarche Gallery on Calasetta, Sardinia, Emerging Ibiza and Creative Guernsey, the studio will develop full-scale productions starting with a basecamp on Sardinia that produces the framework for a broader event and cultural festival on Ibiza and finishes with a performance and forum of discussion on Guernsey.

Sardinia - Base Station: A Scenic Event
The Sardinia event is the most remote and secluded of the series. It focuses on producing the atmospheric and scenic elements of the year’s narrative.