Exhibition to explore received ideas of modernism
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
A new architecture exhibition opens at St John’s College this week (18 September) featuring the work of students from Oxford Brookes.
Eleven Masters students from
the University’s School of Architecture have created the exhibition which is
entitled Shibboleth and explores the
received ideas of Modernism.
Shibboleth is defined as a
custom, principle, or belief, particularly one that is long standing and is
regarded as outmoded or no longer important.
The students hail from Brazil,
China, Kenya, Nigeria, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and the UK and their inspiration
for the exhibition is just as wide reaching.
The range of ideas span the
re-creation of a Brazilian sunset, the wave pattern on a river in China, the
surface of a stream during a rain storm, an analysis and reworking of the early
drawings of Zaha Hadid as a three dimensional screen, a door opening device for
encounters, a chair for mutual support and the re-imagining of Islamic pattern
as a three dimensional space.
The materials vary from
stainless steel, plywood to light itself.
Professor Andrew Holmes, who
lectures for the University’s School of Architecture, commented: “The
exhibition takes the form of architectural objects, photographs, performance
and film. All of the work is full size and fabricated with extraordinary skill
by the students themselves.
“There are no drawings and
models of imaginary buildings and each student presents one printed image of their
work in a way that is not a documentary but a photographic parallel to their
“It will be a fascinating
exhibition and I would encourage anyone who is interested to come along and
The exhibition will take place
across three galleries at St John’s College,
Oxford from Friday 18 Saturday
26 September (10am – 6pm).
Further information on
the School of Architecture is available on the Oxford Brookes website.