Thu 08 October 2015 8am – 9.30am

Pricing: Members: $10.00 / Guests: $15.00 / Studnets: Free

Location: The Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) 26-28 Leigh Street Adelaide

Presenter: ArtsLaw

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In response to the Festival of Architecture and Design theme ‘Life on the Edge’, Guildhouse will convene a forum about risk taking as a method of practice in art, architecture and design. Join artist James Dodd and architect Damien Chwalisz in conversation with Dr Teri Hoskin about precarious living, labor, life, and the rich possibilities of exchange between artists, designers and architects. A light breakfast is included.

‘I’m going to study this thing and see where the edge is.’ Frank Gehry

The dominant mode of life today is informationalised and operates on a global 24 hour work clock. What other modes of life/work operate? For many creative practitioners work is not only that which happens in the studio, it’s also what happens while walking the city, living in the city and its peripheries, through chance events and interactions with others. This is where play meets work meets life. Keeping that thought in mind the forum asks when do artist and designers have responsibilities to life as a principle and how do they approach precarious situations and conditions? Before morality (good/bad) stepped in ethics was meant as a kind of thinking that operates between dwelling, a way of being, and principle of action. It’s a formula that could do with some thinking. Please join us.

James Dodd has a studio practice and also works with children who live with resilience and adaptation in challenging circumstances. Damien Chwalisz is an architect drawn to risk, and even catastrophe, as an opportunity to see anew in his process-based approach to designing solutions for clients. Teri Hoskin is a writer artist who teaches in critical architectural theory, and designs thinking space to make a living.


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‘Life on the Edge’ Instagram Competition

Capture the spirit of the Festival on Instagram.

Take a photo inspired by the Festival theme of ‘Life on the Edge’ and share on Instagram using #FAD15 and you could win a range of prizes, including architecture and design book vouchers, and more.
A condition of the mind or a position on a point, the edge of a space or the moment of transition. Perhaps you can see an edge created by the intersection or separation of several planes.  The Edge between two tones or colour planes. Dissecting edges, soft and blurred or sharp and jagged. When you start to look, all you can see are edges!
Winners will be announced after the Festival closes on Tuesday 13 October. Multiple entries are encouraged.


James Dodd has presented work in public, artist-run, commercial and institutional spaces across Australia.  His cultural interests and outcomes often approach the things that we are not supposed to do.  Rebellion, hacking, rule-bending make regular appearances throughout his practice. James Dodd’s long term references have been the marks, names and scrawl that proliferate our various urban and suburban environments. These hand made residues are often the results of small-scale social transgressions such as the act or statement of graffiti. Dodd has regularly rendered his outcomes in a lurid technicolour palette indicative of a state of heightened awareness, a hallucination or a post apocalyptic sunset.

His most recent exhibitions are Pigment High, Hugo Michell Gallery, and Painting Mill Protoytpe, CACSA Contemporary, Light Square Gallery, both August 2015.

Damien Chwalisz is the founder and Studio Director of Damien Chwalisz: Architects + Builders (formally Roarkus Design Studio established in 2007) Damien is currently undertaking a project based PhD at RMIT looking at “process and representation, design and construction”.  He is a frequent teacher of design and architecture at the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide. The 3 modes: Architect, Builder and Educator feedback upon one another to create an immersive and explorative practice.

Teri Hoskin is a freelance curator, visual art writer and designer. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and a Ph.D (research) in Architecture and Design. As engagement facilitator for the Integrated Design Strategy she instigated and managed the 5000+ web platform. Previously curator at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation she has worked extensively with artists, architects and writers on research based art and design projects. Her practice is fed by philosophy, literature, film and small things that happen in amongst the weeds. Guildhouse has invited her to curate and facilitate this event.