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RIBA LATE: Ways of Unseeing
Talks and lectures

RIBA LATE: Ways of Unseeing

A special RIBA Late to celebrate, Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space

Join us for a Late event inspired by the exhibition Disappear Here, a commission by Sam Jacob Studio. Challenge your sense of perspective with cunning architectural installations and optical trickery for what promises to be a lively evening of talks, workshops, film and music. Engage in hands-on activities throughout the six floors of RIBA’s art deco Headquarters at 66 Portland Place. All events are free on a first-come, first-served basis and a cash bar will be open all evening.

‘Late’ events at the RIBA are a fantastic opportunity to engage in hands-on activities throughout the whole 6 floors of the RIBA’s art deco headquarters at 66 Portland Place. A cash bar will be open all evening and all events are free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event, co-curated by Maria Papaleontiou is part of the exhibition Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space, view the full season of events.

Installation by Maya Angeli and The Young People’s Forum
Inspired by Etienne Louis Boullée’s drawing of an unexecuted design for a metropolitan cathedral exhibited in ‘Disappear Here’ and under the creative direction and production of Maya Angeli, a set designer who has a keen interest in stage set perspective; the installation invites the viewer to explore the constructs of a perspectival illusion from various viewpoints. The RIBA Young People’s Forum - a diverse group of young people aged 16 to 24 with a shared passion for architecture and design - was engaged in the design and production of this site-specific installation.
Florence Hall, First Floor

Perspective Light Installation by BoanoPrismontas
BoanoPrišmontas is a young London-based architectural firm, founded by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas. The practice deals with creative contents for the physical world and their projects drive inspiration from, and combine, various aspect of art, architecture and technology. Their installation use lights and illusions to engage with the public and reflect about the way we perceive architecture and experience space.
Lutyens Room, Second Floor

(Un)real Grid
X marks the spot for this mind-bending illusion. Drawing inspiration from Superstudio‘s grid systems mediating reality, we have attempted an anamorphic illusion. This technique, most recently made famous by Felice Varini, dates back to the Renaissance. Interrogate the installation by visiting the terrace for a distorted version, and the fifth floor for the perfect grid.
Outdoor terrace, Fourth Floor

A Critical Perspective by Nat Chard, Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London
For centuries artists have manipulated methods of perspectival projection and reception to make the image appear true to life. If such manipulations have this capacity, then they also have the potential of being a critical mechanism. Nat Chard’s research asks how we could think about and draw the uncertain – the indeterminate events that are beyond our predictive grasp yet are so central to the richness of our lives. Hear about the ten sets of drawing instruments Nat has built to study optical projection learning from the rules of perspective.
6.30 to 7.00pm, Bistro Space, First Floor

China Perspectives by Zara Ashad, Curatorial Research Assistant in the Design, Architecture and Digital department at the V&A
This talk considers the work of several architecture and design studios practicing in China today, who offer alternative perspectives on community-building initiatives through their engagement with local building typologies, materials and approaches
7.15 to 7.30pm, Bistro Space, First Floor

Drawing on Perspective by Chloe Leen, architect at Sam Jacob Studio and co-founder of PUP architects
Learn more about the drawings on show in the exhibition and how perspective has not only been used to illustrate the world but also how it creates and organises the world. The drawings will be used as a starting point to discuss further ideas about perspective, drawing and their relationship to buildings.
7.45 to 8.00pm, Bistro Space, First Floor

Video Essays by Kogonada
A curated selection of video essays by Kogonada exploring perspectives on film will be on show throughout the evening. Kogonada is a filmmaker, director and writer who recently directed his first feature film Columbus. These video essays, which became an internet sensation, are part of series concerned not with the technical aspects of filmmaking but rather with the ways of seeing through the eyes of film masters such as Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson and Ozu, amongst others.
6.00 to 9.30pm, Bistro Space, First Floor. Before, between and after the Talks.

Projectives – an interactive videogame by You+Pea
You+Pea draw inspiration from all aspects of popular culture - whether considered ‘high’ or ‘low’. They enjoy architecture that celebrates the graphic and the immediate, and demands attention through a vibrant conversation with its surroundings. During the Late they will be offering visitors the opportunity to engage in a custom-made videogame Projectives based on Renaissance perspective drawings,building on the themes of the ‘Disappear Here’ exhibition and their research on Videogame Urbanism.
Jarvis Auditorium Foyer, Lower Ground Floor

Materialising The Gaze by Jahba Anan, Student at the Bartlett School of Architecture and member of RIBA Youth Forum
Originally inspired by Giacometti’s hand-eye translation and his language of mark making, this workshop confronts these methods with contemporary technologies of eye tracking, digital modeling and rapid prototyping, in order to create mappings that record the act of looking itself.
Florence Hall, First Floor

Perspectival Peephole Apparatus by Projects Office
One of the founding fathers of the Renaissance, Filippo Brunelleschi ‘proved’ the accuracy of linear perspective with an experiment using a building, a painting of the building, a peephole and a mirror. We welcome you to make your own discoveries, with the aid of contemporary architectural models, through a workshop with Projects Office based on Brunelleschi’s perspectival experiment. Projects Office is a young architecture and design studio, their ethos is fantastic pragmatism: to think laterally, solve problems imaginatively, and take fun seriously.
Aston Webb Room, Second Floor

Building tours of 66 Portland Place
Discover the history, highlights and curiosities of our stunning Art Deco home completed in 1934.
6.30pm and 7.30pm, sign up at reception, Ground Floor

Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space
Perspective drawing has been applied to the art of building for centuries and used as a tool to evoke illusory architectural spaces: a way of seeing which became a way of building. Informed by the RIBA’s vast collection, Sam Jacob Studio has redesigned the Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place as a conceptual space, where the visitor becomes an active participant within the space of representation, while viewing original drawings and rare books by some of the most talented designers in history.
The Architecture Gallery, Ground Floor

RIBA J Eye Line Award - Perspective Drawings from the Archives
A selection of drawings challenging architectural perspective from the archives of the RIBA Journal Eye Line acclaimed an­nual award for architectural image-making skills.
First Floor Landing

Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship
Join us for the opening night of an archival display dedicated to recipients of the prestigious Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship.
The Practice Space, Second Floor

Bars: Jarvis Foyer, Lower Ground Floor and Florence Hall, First floor
Open 6 to 9.30pm

RIBA Bookshop
Open 6 to 9.30pm, Ground Floor

All events are FREE of charge, however registration is essential.