Chair of Visual Arts
Shifting regulatory criteria and restraints in the global line-up call for self-assuredness and conscious individuation. Emotional coherence, authenticity and self-confidence replace standard configuration parameters.
The need for free self-expression in architectural training over and above its functional application requires a high degree of liberty and personal responsibility. Scope is vital. Creative experiments allow room for visions, fresh perspectives and modes of perception: room for experiments in mental flight. Artistic strategies open up alternative ways of finding solutions and provide sensory/haptic qualities of experience.
The Department for Visual Arts focuses on conscious perception and observation as a normal, everyday mental attitude in which creative action becomes the expression of the artistic idea/vision and personal reflection. Visual thought develops through constant conceptual practice and perceptive comparison. The aim is to cultivate an approach that creates clarity by doing.
We give our students close, individual support throughout this process: awareness and contemplation of the environment coupled with investigative, creative curiosity and material experimentation allow individual ideas to unfurl. Once they have been tried, verified and modified, they finally find a precise artistic form distilled from the individual's personal perspective. This can be a drawing, sculpture or painting, photography, film or multimedia, an installation, performance or action; other conceivable forms include music, prose/poetry, dance and lots more besides.
Aspiring architects discover a much-needed inspirational counterpart to their technical, economical and usage-related responsibility in the scope they are given for artistic recognition and experience.