Make Place talk: Rituals within social structures
Home is not just something we make - it is something we remake, every day, day after day. In this talk, Edward Hollis will consider the ways in which the home is constructed and regulated by the routines we perform in them, from cooking to cleaning. Our homes are not just but bricks and mortar, but are also composed of rituals, rubrics and recipes.
Edward Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities; and practiced as an architect for six years in Edinburgh and Sri Lanka. Find out more about Edward by downloading the Make Place booklet.
Make Place is Produced by Mark Devereux Projects and supported by Arts Council England.
Make Place is a new project by artist Sophie Lee investigating how domestic space shapes our identity.
As part of the project Lee visited Gvendareyjar, off the coast of Skógarströnd, Iceland spending time with Arngrímur of the Fjeldsted family (who bought the islands in 1926). Building house after house on this remote island, Arngrímur is now in his 70s and has built each wooden house by hand. From the outside the houses and island look inhabited, but infact, with closer inspection they are shells, un-lived and un-inhabited.
Complementing her visit to Iceland, Lee spent time researching and learning from the extensive collection of objects and artworks at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Concentrating on connections to domesticity and rituals, Lee has increased her understanding over how 19th Century Northerners built their domestic environments.
These experiences have inspired a new body of work examining Lee’s own personal responses to the thematics through photography, video and sculpture.