The research project, Spaces Buildings Make, 2005-08 out of which Andrew Kearney has developed this work, began with a concern with how architectural histories have been formulated, and with the impact these processes continue to have on how we understand and engage with the built environment. From the beginning, although the work has taken the form of practice, it has been ever mindful of architectural historiography: of the way we undertake the history of architectural history.

Benefiting from a collaborative working practice that crossed geographical, disciplinary and methodological boundaries, we engaged work in ceramics, curating, dance, installation, photography, publication, web based projects, sound and performance...


Documenting the work produced over the course of a research symposium held in June 2007 at Phase Two, a purpose built art school commissioned in 1978 to replace Hornsey College of Art in North London and now part of Middlesex University. The symposium, part of ‘Spaces Buildings Make’ brought together a group of artists and researchers working as part of a larger interdisciplinary research project concerned with understanding how knowledge about architecture and the built environment could be fashioned through engaging practice-led research methods in the visual, performing and electronic arts.

Projects included:
mario-michael-colin-claude-paul-denise (Paul Antick); Assembled Landscape (Andrew Kearney); Intersection (Andrew Kearney); Untitled (figures) (Thomas Cuckle); The New Well-Tempered Building (Aoife Mac Namara); Peter’s Smoking Room (Andrew Kearney); Data Digest (Andrew Kearney)

London: Frameworks Press, 2007


Comprises of an essay, an extended interview, together with substantial documentation, description and critique. The essay explores the themes of identity and sexuality around which has circled over the past decade, and the exploration of the mechanics of display, the manipulation of atmosphere and ambience, and the establishment of scenarios that are at once controlled and permissive. The interview explores how, in a piece like Time to Time for example, different affects may be accentuated by a gradual and cyclical rise and fall in the luminosity of the bulbs, monitors or other devices. The book is part of a Gandons Editions series profiling artists and architects in Ireland.

Gandon Press, 2001. ISBN 0946 846 74X
Profile: Andrew Kearney Phase 2: Speculative Practices (art, architecture and curating) Spaces Buildings Make