Making the House Work: Stories of the domestic interior

Making the House Work: Stories of the domestic interior


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Join us for an in-person screening of Emily Richardson's trilogy of films, House Works, which explore radical domestic spaces.

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What can houses tell us about their inhabitants? What narratives are tied up in their surfaces, their objects, trinkets and furniture?

Join artist filmmaker Emily Richardson as she presents the screening of her House Works trilogy, three short films which explore radical domestic spaces in Essex and Suffolk. The films focus on H.T. ‘Jim’ and Betty Cadbury-Brown’s 3 Church Walk in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, John Penn’s Beach House in Shingle Street, Suffolk and Richard and Su Rogers’ Spender House and Studio, near Maldon, Essex. After the screening, she will be in conversation with Dr Jana Scholze, as the two discuss the politics of the domestic interior and the radical way in which these buildings were inhabited.

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Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson is an artist filmmaker whose films explore the nature of our relationship to personal histories and the spaces we inhabit. Her films respond to sites that hold particular narratives, whether a situated place or an archive. Examining personal histories and their construction through repetition of received narratives she explores how to readdress or reframe them in a contemporary context.

The House Works trilogy of films focused on how sound and moving image can be used to reactivate space extending the idea of the house as a phenomenological concept and creating new readings of three radical domestic spaces lost to architectural history.

Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and film festivals internationally, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Barbican Cinema, Pompidou, Paris, Anthology Film Archives, New York and Venice, Edinburgh, London and New York film festivals. My films are distributed by Lux, London and Lightcone, Paris.

Dr Jana Scholze

Jana Scholze is a design curator and Associate Professor at the Kingston School of Art in London heading the MA Curating Contemporary Design in collaboration with the Design Museum. Her transdisciplinary research covers questions around formats of interaction in curatorial and design practice engaging with society, technology and the environment. She is a Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she has been previously the Curator of Contemporary and Modern Furniture and Product Design working on acquisitions and exhibitions, such as 'What is Luxury?’ (2015). She recently co-curated the exhibition ‘At Home’ for the XII International Design Biennial Saint-Etienne (2022).

This event forms part of the Radical Rooms: Power of the Plan programme.

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