Rugeley in Resilience
An essay film exploring how new forms of craft and ritual can be
used to create fulfilling work through a building project.
The project forms a multi-media investigation covering contemporary ideas of work, craft, ritual, and perceptions of value in the built environment. The central tripartite documentary Rugeley in Resilience (2017) / Ritual in Rugeley (2021) / Rugeley in Reverie (2051) follows the delivery of twin public buildings – a Town Hall and Festival Hall – as part of an indefinitely prolonged ‘Festival of Fulfilment’ in the town of Rugeley, Staffordshire. Notions of Modern Craft are developed that seek to incorporate the skills and techniques of the post- digital workforce. The proposal is ambivalent to form, material, tradition, and scale; instead it seeks to embed a meaningful practice of building, for the sake of building, to create a lasting edifice and civic presence and ultimately appease the mind and soul.
MArch thesis project
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018
Michael Tite, Penelope Haralambidou & Kei Matsuda