The Independent Artisan Commodity Exchange (The Exchange) is a hybrid institution that focuses on speculative potentials of the live / work cycle. Re-imagining an existing building site in Sydney, the spaces will activate collaboration between distinct disciplines through production. Digital technology and digital connectedness have provoked two related cultural responses: a reactionary return to artisanal crafts and an appropriation of industrial processes. This studio is not a dogmatic cry for a return to traditional artisan crafts, which would be a regression; rather, the aim of The Exchange is to encourage production through the use of contemporary aims – including potential digital fabrication and production.
In this studio we will examine how traditional means of production can be combined, dissected, and hybridized with living spaces. We will ask questions like, how can emerging working conditions contribute to a new way of living? What are the different methods for incorporating living and working spaces into an altogether unique third alternative? How can the notion of dwelling be adapted to include productivity?
BIO: Matthew Teismann is an architectural historian and designer whose research focuses on the history and philosophy of design, particularly spatial ontology. Teismann received a B.Arch. from Kansas State University and an MDes degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2010, prior to his arrival in Australia, Teismann co-founded an architectural practice, LIONarchitecture. Their work approaches architecture obliquely through practice-based research and epistemology, and includes the exhibited Urban Green-House Project, the MadHouse, and the award winning BadSeed House in Kansas City, Missouri. Teismann is currently a Lecturer in the Faculty of Design, Architecture, and Building at University Technology Sydney, where he teaches design studios and history and theory. He has published on topics such as the spaces of capital globalism, geopolitical spatial encounters, counterculture architecture, and social and cultural identity.