HEA ADM Annual Forum 2010. Create Sustain Ability. Justin Carter Lecturer Sculpture and Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art. Case Study ‘The Nature of Stuff’.
Create Sustain Ability
‘The social spaces through which we live do not only consist of bricks and mortar, streets and bridges, mountains and sea-shore, and of what we make of these things. They consist also of those less tangible spaces we construct out of social interaction’.
(Doreen Massey. Space-time and the Politics of Location)
‘Such learning will be reflexive, experiential, inquiring, experimental, participative, iterative, real world and action oriented, invoking learning as change’.
(Stephen Sterling. Ecological Intelligence)
This project is a collaboration between the GSA and Internationally renowned sculptor Susumu Shingu who is currently working on ‘Breathing Earth’, a long term project to create sustainable settlements. This project seeks to pursue underlying research into the sustainability of habitation and settlement and to understand the individuality of place. It is Shingu’s goal to exchange ideas with students from the GSA and to expand our collective understanding of sustainability. The goal of the project is to explore what place means through practical testing and critical reflection.
‘Sustainability’ as complex and sometimes amorphous ‘catch-all’ phrase developed different meanings and shapes in relation to each project. (without becoming too simplistic or limiting).
It remained abstract and ambiguous in some cases and was even reflected back as a series of further questions. (it’s not just about recycling!)
Ultimately the project actively questioned Shingus ‘design concept’