Hirst and Tagiuri at Istanbul Bilgi University
Faculty members Leslie Hirst (Associate Professor, Foundation Studies) and Peter Tagiuri (Professor, Architecture) lectured and led five-day workshops at Istanbul Bilgi University, 19 – 23 April 2014. The “Vernal Workshops” bring together a number of key professionals, artists and academics working in the realm of architecture and design. Organized by the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University, and under the main sponsorship of Vitra, the programme aims at fostering an interdisciplinary exchange and production within an international platform.
As the third annual presentation of Vernal Workshops, this five-day long programme involved six interdisciplinary workshops for students of art, design and architecture. Based in the Santral Campus of Istanbul Bilgi University, the workshops were open to the students of Bilgi as well as applicants from all over Turkey. This year’s conceptual framework was ‘Collaboration’.
Hirst’s workshop, entitled “Inertia,” questioned the ways that individual forces of human inertia and dynamics contribute to more complex systems of motion, structure or suspension. The problem proposes a built-in redundancy, which relates to broader social messages about conflict, struggle and the strength of human connectivity.
Tagiuri’s workshop, the Vernal Kitchen, involved the making of a 36 hour feast. Along with RISD alumnus Ali Onat Turker, Tagiuri and participants developed a regional Spring Menu, constructed a communal oven, sourced and prepared the ingredients, including a lamb, fish and dairy products, built and tended the fire, made furniture to set, seat and serve, then scribed the Cooks’ Book. The Vernal Workshops culminated with a feeding of the masses.