Jonathan Mosley

To question is to create the potential of a future. To research is to design a future. To practice is to make a future.

Jonathan Mosley is a practising conceptual artist/architect and Associate Professor of Architecture and Experimental Practice at Bristol UWE, leading Design Research, ‘Place and Society’ within CABER and contributing to Digital Cultures Research Centre and Document and Location. He is a co-founder of research initiative Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability and part of the ARENA network.

Jonathan specializes in the interface between architecture, art and more recently psycho-social studies, examining cultures of occupation of architectural space towards more equitable, playful and collective co-existence. His collaborative studio Warren and Mosley with artist Sophie Warren has developed an international reputation for challenging research-based projects that create new thinking around entanglement between human and non-human entities, spatial negotiation, play and participation. They have been commissioned by museums, galleries and research organisations to explore these issues through practice-based exploratory events, installations and exhibitions. ‘Days of Action’ uses collective actions to examine the institutional building of Tate Modern.  After a residency at the French Communist Party HQ as Institut Français international laureates and funding from Arts Council and British Council, the collaboration with psycho-social experts is psychologically profiling the building, testing innovative architectural psychological methods. ‘Rogue Game’ (Rootstein Hopkins award with Can Altay) studies co-habitation and negotiation of space through play using events and live research exhibitions at Spike Island (Bristol), Casco (Utrecht) and The Showroom (London). Following publication ‘Beyond Utopia’ presenting a provocative planning application for an architectural vertical common in the city of London (research project with Robin Wilson funded by AHRC), the participatory project ‘Utopian Talk-Show Line-Up’ searches for an architecture of Utopia that affords co-existence of difference, with events at Moderna Museet (Malmo), Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and Santralistanbul (Istanbul).

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