‘The Art of Dwelling’ talk by Anna Hart

Anna Hart is founder and organiser of AIR, a commissioning and research studio at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She was previously Head of Special Projects at the Hackney Building Exploratory. Her practice as an artist, designer, producer and teacher concentrates on temporary and participatory interventions within the everyday. She is particularly concerned with the small scale, the local and the unannounced. Anna studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Architectural Association, has taught architecture at University of Westminster, Oxford Brookes University and the Bartlett, and currently teaches on MA Architecture, BA Fine Art and MA CCC at Central Saint Martins.

By making a commitment to being present locally for a prolonged period, AIR establishes an on-going dialogue with the neighbours. The everyday is a shared frame of reference in the maelstrom of the global context – the physical, social, economic, political, and historical of place providing the raw material for dialogues, experiments and interventions. Artists make work on pavements, and in shops, offices, cafes, pubs, places of worship, homes, parks, and so on, with the generous support, openness and participation of local people. Conversation is the starting point and process for practice, with resulting artworks becoming provocation for further conversation. Year on year, a body of conversations, artworks and interconnections accumulates, the temporary communities forged around them providing the foundations for longer, and different, ones.

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