In two sessions, we will explore the possibilities of virtual reality (VR) and extended reality (XR) design for new modes of research and the public display of archival documents. The starting point is the XR test installation on show in the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut: Alison’s Room, designed by Paula Strunden. The installation consists of an immersive reconstruction of the work room of the British architect Alison Smithson and the archive of the practice she shared with her husband Peter.
In the first session, Alison’s Room I: VR & Immersive Environments (2 November, 11.00 - 12.35), Paula Strunden presents her work. She will talk to Dirk van den Heuvel, head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre and expert on the work of the Smithsons, and Angelika Schnell, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
In the second session, Alison’s Room II: Expanding Archival Knowledge Through XR Design (2 November, 13.30 - 14.55), invited guests will explore previous and future possibilities of real and virtual models, in terms of interdisciplinary knowledge production and new narratives. Guests include Thea Brejzek, professor of spatial theory at the University of Technology, Sydney and author of The Model as Performance: Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture, and Keichii Matsuda, designer, filmmaker and founder of Liquid City. Speakers at the first session, Paula Strunden, Dirk van den Heuvel and Angelika Schnell, will also join the conversation.
Alison's Room is designed by Paula Strunden as part of her work at Het Nieuwe Instituut for the EU-funded project Communities of Tacit Knowledge in Architecture (TACK)
Disclosing Futures - Rethinking Heritage
Both sessions are part of the heritage conference Disclosing Futures - Rethinking Heritage, which takes place on 2 and 3 November 2022 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Tickets for the two sessions cannot be purchased separately. After the conference, you can visit the installation on a number of dates in November. More information, dates and times will follow shortly.