About the project
In a contemporary society that has become addicted to sharing through the digital world of social media what does it mean to create a physical space from which we can share with consideration and care?
Stress, anxiety, depression and guilt seem to become more prevalent within common society but how do we find solace and therapy without shame and embarrassment? Should we really have to pay to be heard or take to our phones and keyboards to seek sympathy and validation?
Our proposal will imagine a world where everyone has the right to be heard but with that right comes a responsibility to listen. We propose a space to share. A space for two people to exchange hope, pain, sin and desire but with anonymity and privacy.
We begin this work through an examination of the confessional, a space and a ritual common within Christianity. Outside of organised religion where is it that we can be heard with anonymity and be forgiven without judgement?
We will work with our participants to design a series of spiritual spaces that encourage us to share and exchange our thoughts and feelings and our desires through written and verbal means. This installation will propose a new form of civic and social amenity that offers an escape from the constant carnival of life but generates new modes of being with ourselves and connecting with each other.
Project leaders - Lee Ivett, Susie Olczak
Lee Ivett is the founder of participatory architecture, art and design studio Baxendale. His mode of practise is intensely organic and generative, developing low-budget socially- focussed projects from scratch within communities across the UK.
Lee is interested in establishing design processes that use action as a means of understanding a condition and which utilise immediate and disruptive acts as a catalyst for longer term strategic thinking. Architecture on its own can’t produce successful places; to be truly successful it needs to be a facilitator for programme and activity and to this end his work is intensely collaborative; working with artists, makers, dancers, choreographers, growers, academics, musicians etc. Creating work within the home, the public realm, the theatre and the gallery to explore individual and collective opportunities for ideas and agency.
The work of Baxendale has recently been exhibited and presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, BIO 50, and shortlisted for the RIBA McEwan Award, Commended in the Architects Journal Small Projects Award and was also featured in the publication New Architects 3; a selection of the best practices to emerge in the UK from 2005-2015
Lee is also senior lecturer and Course Leader for Architecture at the Grenfell Baines Institute of Architecture in his home city of Preston
Susie Olczak (b. 1988, Cambridge), lives and works in London.
Olczak graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art, Sculpture and Environmental Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010 and from MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2019.
Susie Olczak is a multidiscplinary artist with a focus on sculpture. Her work asks the viewer to look again at the world around. It is about the perception of geometry, pattern and light while moving through transitory spaces, such as corridors, underpasses and the walkways between buildings. Her work has been shown internationally in Japan and the USA. She has exhibited around the UK and attended residencies in Finland and Singapore. In 2018 she participated in a workshop with the RCA at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Summer Art Academie in Venice and the Villiers David Travel Grant for a research trip to Iceland. Olczak was a bursary award winner at the Royal Society of Sculptors in 2016. Public art commissions include work for King's College, Jesus College, Peterhouse College and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. For BBC Scotland, The Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, Charles Saatchi at the Big Chill Festival and The National Trust.