Common Ground


Common Ground was a collaborative project between Third Year students in the Painting Department at NCAD and Second Year Architecture students at the School of Architecture UCD, initiated by lecturers Madeleine Moore and Orla Murphy.

‘Common ground…a place of meeting from different positions’ – David Chipperfield, Curator Venice Biennale 2012

There were two sessions attended by both groups of students; one at UCD on Friday 9th November and one at NCAD on Friday 16th November. We visited the studios and workshops, and the students made group presentations of their studio methodology and practice, followed by a discussion.

The UCD group presented their proposals for a library or a civil ceremony building, for sites in Thomas Street and Smithfield. The focus of the project was the design of interior public space, and the spatial sequence from pavement to room.

The NCAD students presented work from their research project. This project involved intensively researching the area of interest for their practice, with a focus on ideas and finding source material, rather than on finished work. They watched a Screening of the film ‘Eames, The Architect and the Painter,’ (Jason Cohen and Bill Jersey, 2011). There was a Presentation by Madeleine in relation to types of Fine Art practices and where they share common ground with architectural practices including processes, places and places of display and ideologies.

Common areas of interest between us included: the recording of spaces and places; matter and space, archaeological methods of collecting and analysing fragments from sites; the representation of space and the materials and processes with which to do this; and the potential for future collaborations. And also locations: Thomas Street, with its sites and derelict buildings, and Smithfield, formerly one of the largest development sites in the city.

Staff: Madeleine Moore, Orla Murphy, Emmett Scanlon, Oliver Whelan

  Here are some images from the session at UCD.




Posted by Madeleine Moore


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