Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Living Structure by Giles Round

For The Institute of Beyond Wysing has programmed an ongoing series of events, talks, screenings and a large outdoor music event. Giles Round has created a semi-permanent sculptural structure, commissioned as part of the year’s programming, within and on which, this activity has taken place. Through discussion, and building from Alberto Pérez-Gómez’s reference to The Open City of Ritoque that the “possibility of founding a city in poetic acts removes architecture from abstract geometry and centers it on the poetic word”, Round has interpreted the structures of Ken Isaacs. Isaacs’ book How To Build Your Own Living Structures (1974) formed a basis for the project. In it Isaacs describes his Matrix Idea of building sustainable, eco-friendly, modular, flexible, multi-functional living structures which reconfigure the entire volume of a room, being bigger than furniture and smaller than architecture. Isaacs covers the philosophical meanings of surplus and uses the designs as a means of addressing life as whole; a simple place that has a low impact on the surrounding natural environment. Isaacs’ structures are endlessly re-configurable and can be made to fit any number of potential uses. Round has appropriated Isaacs’ methods of construction and ideology and created a performance platform which can be re-configured afterwards to fit future possible uses.

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