Written in dialogue with Ruairi Fallon McGuigan, Matilda Mercer, Eleni Papazoglou, Rosalind Wilson, with publication design by Stephen Dalley.
Support is more than propping something up. Support does not always defy gravity. Sometimes it lets you slump, or maybe float? Stretch and stabilise. Crit club is: fluid. We work to ask for what we need, to verbalise. Together we feel our way for a direction.
How to make a Crit Club
1. Meet once a month (peer group)
2. Everyone shares work in every session (safespace)
3. Rotate the responsibility of hosting (cooperative)
4. Rotate the responsibility of bringing snacks (reinforcement of practice)
5. Resources, skills and tool sharing (testing ground)
6. Go for drinks after (structured sessions)
7. Do not take admin home (reflective)
R e f r a c t e d looping
And holding it all down, I glitter above the broken
Cold that draws the comfort from my hand is
Slllumping it out
Dragging dust crumbs and hair, a shrivelled pea becomes a
Hanging the duvet dropped the once-green boulder almost
They said it would be up to seven working days for a new
filter part. In the meantime, strata were laid: unwatched
cornflakes pushed methodically into the carpet, gusts of
loom dust hesitated
Wavering over the weight of physics
The luminescence held within quartz tells when the
mineral last saw daylight. Defects within the crystal
structure trap electrons: which Vax nozzle is best to suck
these β particles out? 'Static electricity, even the
interactions of one atom with another can overpower the
call of gravity.'
Space is very dusty. Vacuuming the vacuum, I've got a
labelled bag waiting.
Published by the Architectural Association, 2020
Editorial Board: Alex Lorente, Ryan Dillon
Student Editorial Team: Gabrielle Eglen, Amy Glover, Georgia Hablützel, Theo Sykes, Paul Vecsei
Design: Oliver Long