Professor Mari Hvattum
Dr Raymond Lucas
Dr Lucas is an external advisor and associate researcher to the ERC Advanced Grant project Knowing from the Inside. Based at the University of Aberdeen, where leading anthropologist Tim Ingold is the primary investigator, the team of postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, academics from anthropology, and further associates are working on how and what can be known of life by drawing and inscribing. His current research develops these themes in relation to Graphic Anthropologies and how they can be used in an alternative understanding of architectural history. In relation to festival his research is built on two particular field studies.
The first is centred on Namdaemun Market in central Seoul where the work addresses the implications of infrastructure; the role of surfaces in display; the agency of goods, vendors and patrons; reciprocity in social space; and the materiality of a mobile and variable architecture every bit as radical as those proposed by Cedric Price or Archigram.
The second field site is the annual Sanja Matsuri in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. This project seeks to understand a three-day event and its longer-term implications for this mercantile district. The festival features portable shrines, mobile pieces of architecture that respond to the urban condition in a variety of ways, and have a role to play in the identity of the site, peoples understandings of belonging, and also as an explosion of joy within the city. Accompanied by a series of temporary structures and appropriations, a number of issues are raised here including the depiction of movement, the role of the crowd in the city, and the overlapping of real and imagined worlds. The festival collapses various levels of the city over the course of its duration, renewing and in many ways remaking the district anew every year.