TO SOFTEN THE MASSING

The Cass School of Art / Window Space Gallery

2017

For the third show commissioned by onepointfiveone at Window Space, this work shows a site specific installation which uses fragmented language taken from the developer’s plans for Central House. Their designs have not yet been released, just curious suggestions such as; to soften the massing, to activate the frontages, and to articulate the façade, can be found in their plans for the soon to be unoccupied Cass School of Art.

Through adopting this text, whilst considering the recent politically charged environment within the building itself, this work intends to understand the active language used both in protest and advertising, taking on the histories that are embedded in workplace demonstrations, whilst looking forward to the way that educational institutions continue to be active participants the narrative of urban regeneration.

Using the images that are ubiquitous in the advertising for new developments of this kind, To Soften The Massing considers the future architectural qualities of the site, the surfaces that are at play on the façade of the building, the failure of the protest, and the hierarchies within art, education, and city planning.