Silver: site-writing/reading, composed of a fictionella and a script for a courthouse drama
ABSTRACT / In January 2013 I questioned my employer, UCL’s, decision to accept $10 million of funding from the Anglo-Australian multinational mining company BHP Billiton to create an International Energy Policy Institute in Adelaide, and an Institute for Sustainable Resources at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, London. At the time, I was Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, and my questioning of the funding arrangement started a process of self and institutional critique figured here as Silver – a site-writing (Rendell, 2010) and site-reading. Silver (2016) is both a fictionella in the series Lost Rocks, curated by artists Justy Clarke and Margaret Woodward of A Published Event, and A Courthouse Drama (2017) performed at the Zeehan West Coast Heritage Centre, Tasmania, as part of Sites of Love and Neglect. Silver is structured according to the composition of the metallic element with its 47 electrons arranged on 5 shells of 2, 8, 18, 18, and 1. Silver deals with ethical issues connected to the sites of mining, including university meetings, sleepless nights, a desert journey to Broken Hill – the birthplace of BHP Billiton, and the bursting of a tailings dam in Brazil in November 2015.
BIOGRAPHY / Jane Rendell is a British writer and theorist whose research and writing cross architecture, art, feminism, history and psychoanalysis. She has introduced ‘critical spatial practice’ and ‘site-writing’ through her authored books: The Architecture of Psychoanalysis (2017), Silver (2016), Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). Rendell teaches experimental and spatialized forms of site-writing on the MA Architectural History and MA Situated Practices. Rendell is Professor of Architecture & Art at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she is Director of History & Theory and leads the Bartlett’s Ethics Commission.
Making Space, Place and time Through Art Writing
Dylan Robinson, Jane Rendell, Helena Reckitt, Sara Raza, Susan Cahill
September 16, 2:30 – 4:20 PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW