Thursday, 7 November 2019

Sensorium and Synthetic Space @ SUSAS

Sensorium and Synthetic Space
5th October 2019 > 30th November 2019
Venue > Room 204, Green Hill, 1500 Yangshupu Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China (上海市杨树浦路1500绿之丘204)

Tuesday to Friday 14:00 > 20:00
Saturday, Sunday and Legal Holidays 10:00 > 20:00
Monday Closed for Maintenance 

Curated by Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park, Jun Yeol Lee, Yuhao Liu
The Experiment series of research exhibitions presents a polemical, provocative and visionary transdisciplinary approach to architectural and spatial practice delivered through international exhibitions, symposiums and publications. Participating architects, designers, and artists use speculative narratives to create, develop and represent innovative architectural and spatial ideas through an exploration of digital media.
The second manifestation of Experiment is ‘Sensorium’, which explores aspects of the cognition and perception of space in architectural and spatial practice through the use of digital technologies that allow architects, artists and designers to challenge their disciplinary boundaries.
The exhibition offers an opportunity to showcase speculative spatial research using narrative methods to explore the theme of Sensorium in a variety of contexts undertaken by architects and academics from across the globe. Using drawings, films, animations and interactive installations, the contributors seek to communicate their unique spatial narratives beyond their disciplinary boundaries.

Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park, Brass Art, Neil Spiller, Factory Fifteen, Marko Jobst, Marko Millic, Shaun Murray, Rahesh Ram, Sarah Allan, Yorgos Loizos, Perry Kulper, Bryan Cantley, eyetry, Jun Yeol Lee, Woojong Kim, Jiyoon Bae, Yuhao Liu

Synthetic Space
For Synthetic Space Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park selected and scanned three iconic sites in Huddersfield: Castle Hill, Queensgate Market and the Railway Station. Clear and Park manipulated the scan data to represent and explore these familiar spaces in unique ways through the production of images, animations and drawings.
The ability to manipulate the ‘point-cloud’ data allows Clear and Park to create synthetic spatial models that exist between the virtual and the actual and combine the ‘measured, the ‘experienced’ and even the ‘practiced’ in a way that no other form of spatial mapping is capable of.

The Persistence of Utopia

The Cosmia Festival and the School of Art Design and Architecture

The Persistence of Utopia

Exhibition – Market Gallery, Huddersfield HD1 2UH
The Persistence of Utopia
23rd October – 9th November 2019

Curated by:
Nic Clear
David Smith


Stella Baraklianou, Nic Clear, Claire Diggle, Danilo Di Mascio, Factory Fifteen, Donal Fitzpatrick, Roddy Hunter, Marko Jobst, Spyridon Kaprinis, Sara Nesteruk, Hyun Jun Park, Christian Peterson, Andrew Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Katrina Whitehead, Simon Woolham.

At a time when society appears to be in a state of continual crisis, political and ecological, and there are deep divisions over which direction our futures should take, the concept of utopia may seem to be naïve, idealistic and irrelevant. However, in opposition to this sense of despondency the Utopian impulse persists across contemporary cultural practice, taking many forms from text, fine art, architecture, the moving image and interactive arts.

The works exhibited in ‘The Persistence of Utopia’ represent the diversity of practices across the School of Art Design and Architecture and involve a variety of media, from painting, illustration, photography, video and animation to architectural models and collages. The exhibition examines how the Utopian imagination is developed particularly in relationship to ideas of the ‘everyday’. The work explores a number of perspectives on utopian and dystopian thinking and counteracts the wider negative context with subtle humour and a critical affirmation of difference.

The Persistence of Utopia is produced in association with the Cosmia Festival, a new arts festival, based in Huddersfield, dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction. The first festival takes place from 25 October-to 3 November 2019.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

What is radical today? 40 positions on architecture.

Nic Clear: The Post-singularity City
What is radical today?
40 positions on architecture

The Architecture Studio, The Dorfman Senate Rooms, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

6 Sep — 7 Nov 2019

Aaron Betsky and Jan Sobotka, Adam Nathaniel Furman , Alberte Lauridsen, EDIT, Andrea Branzi, Anna Heringer, Ateliermob, Bernard Khoury, Céline Baumann, Counterspace, Denise Scott Brown, Dong-Ping Wong with Virgil Abloh, Francis Kéré, Gaetano Pesce
Giorgia Scognamiglio and Lorenzo Zandri, Unsent Postcard, Guillermo López, MAIO, We Made That, Ian Ritchie RA, Izaskun Chinchilla, Jack Self, REAL, Janette Kim, Urban Works Agency, Kate Macintosh, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Liza Fior, Lucy McRae, Maria Smith, Interrobang, Mark Foster Gage, Matilde Cassani, Gramazio Kohler Research, Nic Clear, Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects, Paul Allen and CJ Lim, Studio 8 Architects, Peter Cook RA, Phineas Harper, Public Works, Sam Jacob, Sevince Bayrak and Oral Goktas, SO?, Stephanie Macdonald and Tom Emerson, 6a architects, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael,Xu Tiantian, DnA Design and Architecture.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Synthetic Space (video)


Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park have selected and scanned three iconic sites in Huddersfield: Castle Hill, Queensgate Market and the Railway Station. They have manipulated the scan data to represent and explore these familiar spaces in unique ways through the production of images, animations and drawings, and in doing so expand the possibilities of contemporary spatial representation.
The information produced by the scans is highly technical and yet the images themselves evoke a much more speculative response to the sites, and when used in combination with other techniques it facilitates both an extremely precise mapping of the spaces as well as the opportunity to develop narratives around the spaces that engage with a wider set of ideas and values. The ability to manipulate the ‘point-cloud’ data allows Clear and Park to create synthetic spatial models that exists between the virtual and the actual and combine the ‘measured, the ‘experienced’ and even the ‘practiced’ in a way that no other form of spatial mapping is capable of.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Synthetic Spaces (images)


 Castle Hill Chronogram: Spiral Tracking Shot

 Queensgate Chronogram: Exterior Pan

 Queensgate Chronogram: Exterior Tracking Shot

 Railway Station Chronogram: Exterior Pan

Railway Station Chronogram: Exterior Tracking Shot

Synthetic Spaces (contd)

Installation Views

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Synthetic Spaces Exhibition

(now extended to 4th March)
Synthetic Spaces:
The Digital Exploration of Three Sites in Huddersfield

Professor Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park

31st January – 4th March 2019
Open Mon-Sat 11-4pm
Exhibition Launch 12th February 2 – 5pm
Private View 21st February 5 - 7pm
Market Gallery, Temporary Contemporary,
Queensgate Market, Huddersfield HD1 2UH

Friday, 16 November 2018

Themes Forms Materials Techniques

Works in Progress from MArch Architecture Year 3

Curated by: Professor Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park Vijay Taheem

MARKET HARDWARE: Queensgate Market, Units 154 -158
Wednesday 7th November to Tuesday 20th November
Opening Times: Mon – Fr1  9.00 – 5.30, Sat 8.30 – 5.30

The creative arts play a significant part in the UK’s economic infrastructure and with the impending social and political transformations that are being brought about by the implementation of greater levels of de-industrialisation and automation the importance of creative practice is expected to grow as we move into a more knowledge-based economy.

Kirklees have identified art and culture as an important strategic element for the future of Huddersfield and its town centre with initiatives involving the University, local citizens and other key stakeholders. It is a strategy that is already impacting at a number of levels from Town Planning to site specific installations in the Queensgate Market. Huddersfield is a town that has a history for innovation and an abundance of empty space.

Currently the School of Art Design and Architecture is working with Kirklees to develop these ideas through the ‘TEMPORARY CONTEMPORARY’ initiative part of which is dedicated to ‘Re-Thinking Huddersfield’.

Final year MArch Architecture students have been asked to look at how art and culture might be used as part of a wider set of spatial strategies to encourage social transformation, create new cultural ecologies, develop new building typologies, and to empower citizens to communicate their ambitions and frustrations, and commemorate their successes and their tragedies.

Students have drawn upon their own cultural and spatial interests to develop meaningful projects that will facilitate their architectural journey beyond the university and to develop a model of practice that will set them up as designers in the 21st century.

The first part of the year has been to identify tactics, strategies, techniques and themes that will enable students to develop their Design Thesis and present their initial concepts as part of an exhibition of work in progress at Market Hardware in the Queensgate Market as part of TEMPORARY CONTEMPORARY.
Nic Clear 2018

Monday, 12 November 2018


When people ask ‘what do you do?’ The answer is very simple. I draw lines; lines, lines, lines, lines, lines. I draw lines from the front, lines from the top, lines from the side and lines that recede into infinity. They are good lines, fine lines, worthy lines. In the world of lines they are tops, m-m-m-m-m-mustard.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Lecture IKA Vienna

F.U.N.: A City of Tomorrow
08.10.2018 | 19h | IKA Augasse 

Room: IKA Forum / 1st floor, core N
Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna