WAIT-project engages with Architecture students

This spring, students from the Bergen School of Architecture can participate in a workshop linked with the multidisciplinary WAIT-project. The workshop will explore the temporalities of architecture and textiles.

Anders Rubing WAIT
A protest camp in Los Angeles, USA, is showing support for the protest camp in Saana, Yemen, during the protest ‘Occupy LA’ in 2011.
Anders Rubing

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The workshop, ‘Temporary Architecture, Material Politics‘, is developed by architect Anders Rubing and social geographer and PhD-candidate in the WAIT-project Kari Anne K. Drangsland, for postgraduate students at Bergen School of Architecture (BAS).

This workshop is closely connected to Rubing and Drangsland’s fields of interest and focus largely on the various uses of textiles, and more specifically the banners and tents used to protest injustice, in demonstrations for migrants rights and how migrants use textile as protection and to construct private space. Throughout the workshop, the students will explore the political potential of textiles and spaces.

- It will be interesting to explore these questions regarding temporalities together with architecture students, and simultaneously show how we can learn from each other’s experiences across disciplines, Drangsland says. The content of the workshop is closely linked with the focus of the WAIT-project, where researchers investigate how temporal structures related to irregular migration are shaped by legal regimes, cultural norms and power relationships, and how they shape subjective experiences and life projects.

The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the understanding of the inherent qualities of different materials, and further to engage the students in critical discussions about the relations between time, space, and bodies in the production of space. In addition, the students will explore how architecture and textile could be a tool for producing politics.