‘Renewing our habits of assembly: borrowing thoughts and practices from Fred Moten and Katriena Majiet’
When students learn to make buildings in architecture schools, the traditional curriculum demands that these new buildings are conceived as potential new and empty spaces, to be filled later with things accumulated over time. But could we, instead, follow Katriena Majiet’s method, who as photographed here by Paul Grendon, is captured building around what she already has, with what she has gathered and, around what she has gathered? Majiet’s method is a demonstration of a particular habit of assembly, a knowledge of construction and a method of gathering that does not easily distinguish between what is gathered and who is gathering.
This winters school series explores her method of assembly as a potential new habit.
Vivien’s presentation will include stories around the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library a project relating to agriculture and independence and where she has written about and photographed rural life and practice. She is working on bringing back threatened varieties ‘back to the dinner table so we can eat our history to become part of our living culture rather than a relic of the past’.