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

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

100 DRAW-ings Lecture

Lecture by Professor Nic Clear

Wednesday 26th September 16.15 pm

Bronte Lecture Theatre  BLG / 10

University of Huddersfield

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' which was 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