House of an Architect: Narratives of Home / House

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"House of an Architect" was presented at the Telling Stories: Objects & Narrative conference at Loughborough University School of Art and Design on 21 Sept 2007 and was the third and final Telling Stories symposia. "House of an Architect" explores the creation of narratives linked to home / house and to architecture and the domestic interior focussing on two case studies of Sir John Soanes Museum and the fictional narratives that drove the experimental dwellings of Douglas Darden and his"Oxygen House" and his 'House for Dying In". 'Objects and Narrative' explores the possibilities of narrative in relation to particular objects or collections. Fashioned or found, the object maintains its status as a familiar trope within contemporary practice. Things may be located and dislocated, devalued and revalued; whether as souvenirs, keepsakes or kitsch, objects reference memory, nostalgia and identity. The 'situated' or 'contingent' object conveys the particularities of place, culture and time. 
The Telling Stories: Objects & Narrative conference brought together writers, artists and performers to discuss a range of interpretations of this theme. Contributors to the event were:Keynote addresses will be given by:Stuart Brisley (artist)Martha Buskirk (Montserrat College of Art)Selected papers include:Unpacking My Father's LibraryPolly Gould (University of the Arts, London)On speaking and listening to artefacts - a Chinese understanding of the making of pots Geoffrey Gowlland (University of Cambridge)Curating the City as Text: Contesting Art Display using Literary Narrative Robert Knifton (MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University) The house of an architect Andy Milligan and Helen O'Connor (University of Dundee)Counterfictions through objects in art Magali Nachtergael (Université Paris)Appropriated Imagery, Material Affects, & Narrative Outcomes Marie Shurkus (Pomona College in Claremont, California)For further information (including electronic booking form and informationon the series of symposia) see Telling Stories website at
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2007
EventTelling Stories: Objects and Narratives - Loughborough University, Loughborough , United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sept 200721 Sept 2007
Conference number: 3


ConferenceTelling Stories
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Narrative
  • architectural theory
  • Interiority
  • Home
  • House
  • Objects


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