The London Conceptualists - Architecture and performance in the 1970s (Peter Cook)

Blackwell Publishing
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The Journal of Architectural Education, 2008, 61 (4), pp. 43 - 51
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The Journal of Architectural Education has been published continuously since 1947 and is the peak scholarly journal in architecture history, theory and education. 'This article examines the formation, activities, and significance of a group dubbed the London Conceptualists by Peter Cook that were students of Bernard Tschumi at the Architectural Association School of Architecture during the mid-1970s. Through RoseLee Goldberg, director of the Royal College of Art, the students were introduced to theories of performance along with radical experiments in performance art. Goldberg's conception of space as an arena for the realization of theory goaded the London Conceptualists away from writing and drawing toward installations and performance in disused buildings. This article situates their activities in London in the late 1970s and analyzes their relationship to other performance art practices and to conceptual architecture.
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