Jorge Otero-Pailos to host student workshop

4 April 2013

Participants in this hands-on workshop will research how decay is being aestheticized in Sydney. From derelict factories turned into art venues to ruin porn photography, contemporary culture seems obsessed with decay. The hypothesis of the workshop is that there are emergent, and yet unexamined, creative practices at work in this turn towards decay. The goal of the workshop will be to examine these new modalities of creative expression, and how they relate to the traditional visual and spatial arts.

Participants will document Sydneys representative examples of decay. Otero-Pailos will then guide the group in developing tools to identify, analyze, and participate in the new modes of creative practices at work in the case studies identified. As a final product of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to envision a personal project that works through the aesthetics of decay as a means to advance beyond the established conventions of their discipline. Participants may be from any disciplinary background but must be a full-time enrolled student at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Architecture, urban planning, and design students are especially encouraged to join.

The workshop is open to students across all Australian Universities, with only 20 places available. Interested parties should send an email and 1-pg CV to Dr Jennifer Ferng by 26 April 2013. The workshop will be based at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney. Accepted participants will be notified soon after and will be provided with more detailed information.

This workshop is free but participants will be responsible for their own travel costs.


Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning
148 City Rd Darlington
University of Sydney

WHEN: Monday 27 May and Tuesday 28 May, 2-5pm

Followed by drinks with Jorge at the regular 'Tuesday Designer Drinks' in the Hearth area.

COST: Free

This workshop is part of the programming associated with the Tin Sheds Gallery exhibition of The Ethics of Dust: Carthago Nova 2011 by Jorge Otero-Pailos. Otero-Pailos visit is also made possible through the sponsorship of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Phone: 02 935