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Thresholds + Encounters 
MA Research Exhibition

Thresholds + Encounters is the collective exhibition produced by students of the Forensic Architecture and Research Architecture Studios to investigate the multiplicity of approaches existing within the Centre for Research Architecture.

— Thresholds are produced by a mesh/web of relations between infrastructures, technologies, historical forces, individual actors, sensors and language. Some thresholds are formed through material pressures – such as the number of carbon parts per million in our atmosphere that are thought to cause a 2° rise in global temperature. Other thresholds are ephemeral and contingent, shifting from terrain to terrain, propagating in various contexts to lead to different outcomes. Within our practice as students of the Forensic Architecture studio, we operationalised the threshold concept, drawing on our research and collective experiences to make visible the limits and delineations that have explicitly and inadvertently structured our investigations.

— An encounter is not simply a binary relationship between two (or more) actors. Rather, an encounter is a negotiation that is inherently contingent upon the mode, materiality, and form of the engagement. Whilst encounters might occur within the immediacy of the ‘now’, they unfold across multiple temporalities, enclosing both that precedes them and the emergence of possible futures. Encountering might have been anticipated but can never entirely be predicted. Although not all encounters have positive outcomes - some of these compositions might manifest as breathlessness, inaudibility, breakdown, incrementality, deviation, toxicity, incommensurability – we can apprehend something from all of them. Thinking-through and being-with encounters is our collective form of provocation, one that becomes a mandate for situated research as the requirement for informed political response-abilities. To encounter is also to become-with.

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See 2021 MA research here

Photo credits: Christa Holka

Common Sensing 
MA Research Exhibition

The research exhibition Common Sensing documents the workings of a series of collaborative projects which attempt to develop practices of Common Sensing. The exhibition featured the work, archives, and online platforms of the Research Architecture Studio, as well as a series of panel discussions, workshops, and screenings organised by the Forensic Architecture Studio in conjunction with the launch of the publication “Lines of Inquiry: Glossary, Media, Field Manual”.
Alongside the exhibition, MA students organised a series of public provocations that brought practice and theory together. Guest participants included Julian Henriques, Lorenzo Pezzani, Susan Schuppli, Alberto Toscano, (Goldsmiths, University of London), D'bi Young Anitafrika (dub poet), Mariama Eversley (Blights Out), Helene Kazan (Royal College of Art), Katie Mathews (filmmaker and producer), Naima Sakande (Women's Justice Initiative, Centre for Criminal Appeals), Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture), and Ben Segal (Abrams Law Clinic, Chicago).

Screening of Mossville: When Great Trees Fall, 2019

See 2019 MA research here

Photo credits: Phevos Simeonidis

Research Exhibition

para-link showcases forensic and research architecture MA projects over four days with a diverse public programme at Laurie Grove Baths exhibition space.

Work is acknowledged in the margins, linked in the superscript. Evidence is collected off-page and underlying themes carried in the subtext. Ghost-written, para-linked references connect and reveal how we work. Curated and organised by the MA Research Architecture students, para-link is organised by a conceptual frame that demonstrates the interactions that happen within and around projects and research. The CRA 2018 MA cohort includes architects, filmmakers, artists, lawyers, activists, and technologists, who have spent the last year working independently and collectively to generate research processes, methodologies and solutions for some, of what we think, are the most pressing political and environmental issues—this show is a culmination of that work.

See 2018 MA research here

2017 MARA Degree Show 
MA Research Exhibition

“If architecture is the language of concrete and steel, then Soft Architecture needs a vocabulary of flesh, air, fabric and colour.” — Lisa Robertson

This exhibition presents the research conducted by MAs in the Forensic Architecture and Research Architecture studios of our degree. Works by: Evangelia Argyrou, Henry Bradley, Sebastian Clark, Sophie Dyer, Sami Hammana, Linda Kinstler, Conor Lorigan, Fadi Mansour, Greg McLaren, Rosa Rogina, Eeva Sarlin, Solveig Suess, Lua Vollaard, Leonie Weber, Oren Ziv

See 2017 MA research here

Extras, Role-play, Unsound, Prosthetic, A Transcription, Tongueless, Monster, Decay, Circulate, Commoning, Agencies, ZARA, Spectral
MA Research Exhibition

This exhibition brings together the heterogeneous practices and research activities of the 2016 MA Research Architecture cohort, with works by Dana Abbas, Henry Bradley, Sophie Dyer, Phoebe Eustance, Alexia Giacomazzi, Ming Lin, Emma McCormick-Goodhart, Robert Preusse, Blanca Pujals, Laurie Robins, Solveig Suess and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe.

See 2016 MA research here