The latest exhibition to be held as part of the Building on the Built series will present the collages and paper montages of Fred Scott, the foremost academic on the theory of interior design. Created over twenty years the presented montages superimpose found material to create new hybrid spaces, synthesising space over time to create dream-like narratives.
Scott is the author of On Altering Architecture, which has become a landmark text on the craft of altering buildings and explores the development of architectural interiors. The book explores the difficulties that interventional work encounters, in both theoretical and practical terms, and outlines how work that alters existing architecture can establish its legitimacy and how success, or failure, might be evaluated.
Scott has long used the process of collage to reveal the strategies that designers might employ to create contemporary interventions, in much the same way that artists experiment through improvisations and accidental creations. The technique leads to a composition made of disparate elements, old and new, found and given. These encounters inform both the transformation of existing buildings and, equally, how ‘new’ architecture might possess qualities of temporal as well as spatial depth.
Fred Scott has published, lectured, curated and taught internationally. He has been visiting professor of interior architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, has taught at the Architectural Association in London, and was Principle Lecturer and Course Leader for Interior Design at Kingston University.