Creative Resistance: Architecture, Art, Writing, a Life…


Tuesday 4 July, 9.30 – 20.00

Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL
IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, London WC1E 6BT

Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Hélène Frichot (KTH, Stockholm) and Emma Cheatle (Newcastle University) lead a workshop exploring and performing the role of critical and creative writing in research. How can experimental approaches to writing in architecture open up spaces for resistance, dissidence, liberation?

Themes include:

  • productive tensions between criticality and creativity
  • in the mix – exploring hybrid genres
  • possession/liberation – finding, making, taking voice
  • biography and life-writing, auto- and others
  • conditions for/expectations of – academic context as a place of liberation or


  • coming before v coming after – questions of citation and appropriation
  • writing, objects, spaces – trans-textualities

    9.30 Coffee

    9.45 Introductions
    Jane Rendell, Helene Frichot, Emma Cheatle.

    10.00 – 11.00 Keynote Presentation

    Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward, Lost Rocks (2017–21) Chair HF
    45 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q&A

    11.00 – 11.30 Coffee

    11.30 – 13.00 Session 1

    Architecture < in relation to

    Chair HF
    6 x 10 minute presentations
    Sepideh Karami, Writing Dissident Architecture
    Povilas Marozas, Photographic Life of Architecture: Postmodernist Treasure Rebecca Loewen, Near to a Still: Slideshow to Isolate an Inframince Martyna Marciniak, The Marienbad Palace as the Sadist
    Sol Pérez Martínez, Vignettes
    Sally O’Reilly, Public Address System on the 12:50 from Common Ground

    13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

    14.00 – 15.00 Keynote Presentation

    Hélène Frichot, Exhausting the Exhausted
    Chair JR
    45 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q&A

15.00 – 16.15 Session 2

Script & Voice

Chair EC
4 x 10 minute presentations
Thandi Loewenson, A Sermon
Edwina Attlee, Many Hands, or the Oil Rig and the Opera
Joanne Preston, Talking Quilts: textural translations between London and West Yorkshire Rosa-Johan Uddoh, The Serve

16.15 – 16.45 Tea

16.45 – 18.00 Session 3

Traces, Fragments, Memories

Chair JR
4 x 10 minute presentations
Nigel Simpkins, From a List of Parts Required
Lili Zarzycki, fifteen ways to cross the desert
Leyla Williams, In the Park
Deborah Stevenson, Waterloo and the City [Private Thoughts in Public Spaces]

18.30 – 20.00 Book launch and drinks

Emma Cheatle, Part-Architecture: The Maison de Verre, Duchamp, Domesticity and Desire in 1930s Paris
Chair JR
30 minute presentation (EC) followed by 5 minute responses – Hélène Frichot (KTH Stockholm) and Barbara Penner (Bartlett, London), then Q&A.