Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Chthonopolis at the Royal Academy Summer Show

I am pleased to announce that the 'Chthonopolis' has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show.

This follows on from the 'Gold Mine' being exhibited in 2015


Monday, 9 April 2018

Retrospective 2018

Retrospective 2018
As part of the 'Market Hardware' exhibition I am exhibiting a series of sixteen fragments of vector drawings produced over the last several years.

Nic Clear

Market Hardware

Title: Market Hardware
Location:Units 154 - 158, Queensgate Market, Huddersfield
Open: 6th April – 28th April


Market Hardware is an exhibition of current design research from the Department of Architecture and 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield. The exhibition shows a diverse approach to design research from analytical studies of existing projects, innovative product design proposals and photographic studies of hospital waiting areas and Chinese housing typologies to more speculative approaches to digital graphics, gestural representations and collage.

All the work embodies an approach of practice based research that attempts to open up design to wider forms of dissemination avoiding the narrowly defined protocols of traditional design representation.

Exhibitors:
 Nic Clear, Helen Darnell, Danilo Di Mascio, Adrian Evans, Yun Gao, Joanne Pigott-Hakim, Carl Meddings, Adrian Pitts, Penny Sykles, Ertu Unver, Hazem Ziada

Curator: Nic Clear

Monday, 27 November 2017

Inaugural Lecture + Exhibition


Professor Nic Clear
Inaugural Lecture

FUN: Future Urban Networks
Thursday 30th November 2017, 6.30pm
Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]
University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD

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Project Space: Selected Architectural Projects 2017
Matthew Buckley, Iulia Cistelecan, Andrei Ciprian Cojocaru, Vlad Dumitru,
De He, Sofia Kanarelli, Farid Karim, Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park
27th November to 16th December

Private View
7.30 – 9.30pm
Thursday 30th November 2017
Project Space
University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Underground Drawings











The Underground Drawings

Conventional technical drawing assumes that the drawing is rational, functional and objective; drawings are produced to communicate an intention, an instruction, or a clarification. These drawings question those conventions and protocols, these drawings are not rational or functional they are gestural and playful and what they communicate is expressive rather than pragmatic. The starting point of the drawings were the five chapter titles of Marko Jobst's text; Object; Space; Interior; Image; Movement, mapping out the themes that the text evoked selecting the station layouts and references that resonated with the ideas that that the text alludes to. The drawings were principally made by overdrawing axonometric projections from London Underground that show the organisation and layout of individual stations, the stations. It should be stressed that the original drawings made by London Underground are themselves a fiction edited to show only principal circulation and abstracted to avoid the complexities of the subterranean system they are part of.  The overdrawing is performed in a loose gestural manner rather than an exact tracing, the ‘inaccuracies’ are further distorted be stretching and rescaling to fit the drawing frame. Different pairs of drawings were then juxtaposed against one another. Against the main drawings other elements are composited within the picture, some taken directly from the text or from my own readings and interests. Specific framing devices are set within the composition as are notational elements from the original LU drawings. The underground drawings clearly refer to a number of other works particularly Guy Debord’s ‘The Naked City’ as well obvious references to Bernard Tschumi’s “Manhattan Transcripts” and Daniel Liebeskind’s ‘Micro-megas”.

The Underground Drawings were produced for Marko Jobst's book 'A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground', published by AADR, http://www.anagrambooks.com/a-ficto-historical-theory


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Great War Island: Desert Fictions



 Magacin u Kraljevića Marka 4-8
1100 Belgrade Serbia

Project concept and curation: Marko Jobst
Consultant and producer: Marijana Cvetković

Catalogue design: Katarina Vukoman

With: Ronnen BenArie, André Bideau, Simone Brott, Nic Clear, Hélène Frichot, Kim Gurney, Catharina Gabrielsson, Katharine Harrison, Lee Hassall, Carl Lavery, Chris L. Smith, Neil Spiller, Jill Stoner, Vesna Trobec, Nicolas Whybrow, Tamir Zadok.

Catalogue

 





Chthonopolis Installation






Thursday, 1 June 2017

Chthonopolis Exhibition Continues

Chthonopolis - 3D laser scan of exhibition

Chthonopolis model detail

Chthonopolis model

Chthonopolis model - detail

Chthonopolis model detail - central core

Chthonopolis exhibition - installation view

CHTHONOPOLIS: A NIGHT WITH NIC CLEAR

Tuesday 6th June - 18.00 -  20.30
Nic Clear will be talking about his new subterranean project, with a Q&A to follow. The night will play out to a curated 'Gold Mine' soundtrack, with a drinks reception.

The event is free but booking essential
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chthonopolis-a-night-with-nic-clear-tickets-34571604600

THE FACTORY
120 London Road, London SE1 6LF
www.the-factory-london.org/chthonopolis



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Michael Hansmeyer Lecture

The Digital Grotesque II project is a human-scale, highly ornamental grotto that was specifically designed to fully exploit the potentials of large-scale binderjet sand printing. It was guided by the search for new design instruments, and by a redefinition of the role of the computer vis-à-vis the architect. A new type of topological subdivision algorithm was devised that allowed not only the deformation and articulation of surfaces, but also the successive refinement of solid volumes. An orientable surface with genus 0 can evolve into a form with a genus of thousands – a single input volume can spawn millions of branches, with hundreds of metres of surface being compressed into a 3.5m high block that forms a landscape between the man-made and the natural.

Michael Hansmeyer is an architect and programmer who explores the use of computation to generate and fabricate architectural form. Recent projects include the Sixth Order’ installation of columns at the Gwangju Design Biennale, the ‘Platonic Solids’ series, and the fabrication of full-scale 3D printed grottos for FRAC’s Archilab exhibition as well as for Centre Pompidou.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Chthonopolis Exhibition

Chthonopolis

Exhibition
Friday 5th May - Friday 23rd June
Monday - Friday 100.00am -5.30pm

THE FACTORY
120 London Road London SE1 6LF
www.the-factory-london.org/chthonopolis