In DRS 1, we are more interested in the notion of “interaction” as a tool to create conversations (verbal, sensorial, emotional or physical) between two or more elements, rather than as a pragmatic technology based system that responds to certain predefined actions, also known as “intelligent” design, leaving the emotional empty. We do not seek performance in its only functional sense, but rather performance in its ability to create poetry, beauty, and elegance for the enjoyment of a “spatial moment” or event.
DRS 1 interests lies in reuniting the object, space and architecture with its participants, reuniting the material with the emotional (the “hard” stuff with the “soft” stuff as Bill Viola puts it). The studio will investigate this year the notion of the “event space/spatial moment”: a mediator, an object, a space or a form, whose shapes, textures, and movements are informed/transformed by a collateral element, an environment, a participant… The “interactive-ity” (the possible state of interaction and communication) will be defined by the capacity to act on/upon or in close relation to each other. It is a responsive approach, and a constant exploration process.
Greenwich is a borough of London offering a rich array of social, cultural, environmental, historical diversity becoming the perfect “bed” for exploring existing “conversations/space of interactions”. These strong contrasts present in Greenwich, between the historical and the contemporary, between the grand and the modest, between the spacious and the dense, between earth and water, and the threshold between those elements will provide perfect ground and ideal ingredients for fertile exploration of the notion of “spatial conversation/interactive spaces”. Greenwich will be seen as a platform or “theatre”, and the studio as the host laboratory for investigating and projecting ideas about the nature of “interactive” space, from the subjective and surreal, to the material.
Vikrant is the co-founder of Studio Amita Vikrant. After learning fashion design and sound engineering, Vikrant studied architecture at the London Metropolitan and the AA School of Architecture where he also completed with distinction the Inter-Professional Graduate Diploma for spatial art, performance and architecture.
Before he started his studio, Vikrant was at Foster and Partners where he worked on large mixed use highrises , masterplans and commercial complexes across Asia, Middle East and Australia. With a keen interest and research in high quality hand craftsmanship and new age digital design and fabrication techniques, Vikrant has done design workshops at numerous places like London, Istanbul, Cardiff , Mumbai, Finland, Japan among others. He was also involved in the construction of the Snow/Ice installation designed by Zaha Hadid Architects during the Snow Show in 2004.
Vikrant has tutored the Vertical Studio in Cardiff for the past three years and has also led the Diploma Unit for Balwant Seth School of Architecture in Mumbai.
He is also co-founder of TextFields a spatial typography lab and the art/event Shoreditch based space, The Corridor. His work has been published by design magazines like Domus India and has been exhibited and installed at numerous galleries in London such as the Aram Gallery and The Corridor as well as at the Selfridges and at the Barbican. Since 2010 he is the director at SAV overseeing all the design projects and driving the digital modelling and fabrication research at their London studio.
Marie Isabel de Monseignat
Marie Isabel de Monseignat’s education is representative of her love for all creative fields and her interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations. Marie Isabel studied architecture at the Architectural Association where she graduated in 2008 being short listed for diploma honours, followed by Westminster University in 2011 where she obtain her ARB RIBA part 3 with Merit. She also studied graphic design at Central Saint Martin and attended several short courses in ceramics, printing and photography, amongst others. In her professional career, she worked for several high profile architectural firms around the world, including Meyer en Van Schooten in Amsterdam, Santiago Sanchez Elia in Buenos Aires and Acme Ltd in London where she was the project architect on numerous projects around Europe and the Middle East, as well as interior design practices, Alberto Pinto in Paris and Dekar Design in New York. She has now founder her own practice MdeM that promotes creative partnerships with visual artists, product designers
FLIP FOOD is a lunch box designed to store and carry food in a playful way. It is a self-standing rotating object with six compartments to store different types of food in each section. Inspired by the classic brown paper bag used by many to carry lunch to work or school, FLIP FOOD addresses one’s need to have homemade and portable food while on the go.