a site-writing online exhibition

Refracted Sites presents a selection of projects from the Critical Spatial Practice: Site-Writing module, part of Architectural History and Situated Practice MA programmes at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. ‘Site-writing’(Rendell, 2010) takes into account the embodied experiences of the writer, along with the histories and physicality of the spaces they explore.

In the physics of light and vision, refraction refers to the change in direction of a wave as it passes from one medium to another. In March 2020, the Site-Writing group planned works that critically engaged with local sites: museums, historic houses, in-between spaces, and contested planning in cityscapes. As Covid19 emerged, the group “refracted,” dispersing across time zones, geographies and virtual realities.

Refracted Sites presents these works, bringing them back together to be shared with an online community, while asking questions of the meaning, place, reality, time, scale and media for art in our Covid19 and post-Covid19 world. The works have refracted through time, with in, between others, out of production, across language, and out of place. Each type of refraction will form one episode of the exhibition. The exhibition will show online works —moving-image, virtual stories, audio accounts, digital sculptures— that negotiate the difficulties of positioning oneself creatively within a moment of crisis.


From October the 16th until October the 25th, as part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2020 ︎︎︎, the site-writers will be reading and performing their works on Instagram Live.

In the lived moment of our current ever-refracted state, the participants are existing in multiple time zones. As such, the live reading schedule is updated via Instagram and the recordings are available to watch afterwards on IGTv .

 Sunday 25th October, 10 am GMT 


Instagram Live readings 6pm

In mid-March, Covid-19 was declared a Global Pandemic. We shifted our lives to our homes' interiority: moving from the outside to the inside. This refraction considers the opposite by inviting us to reflect from the outside to the inside of Fairfield House and Highwood House.

  PROGRAMME ︎                                                               

  Through Time ︎︎︎ 

Friday October 16th, 2020

Time, Shadows
     Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds
On The Line

     Abdulrahman El-Taliawi
    Sara Kärpänen

Curated by Lia Mazzari

  Between Others ︎︎︎ 

Saturday October 17th, 2020

     Lia Mazzari
Pido la Palabra
     Enrique Cavelier  
     Diana Salazar

Curated by Abdulrahman El-Taliawi

  Across Language ︎︎︎  

Sunday October 18th, 2020

      Vid Žnidaršič
      Rachael Docherty
Unusual Perspective
      Eylül Bulgun 

Curated by Artemis Papachristou

With In ︎︎︎
Friday October 23rd, 2020

     Honor Vincent
The Lost Home
     Yuxiao Chen
Covid-19 Logs

     Fanqi (Kiki) Zhou  

Curated by Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds

  Out of Production ︎︎︎  

Saturday October 24th, 2020

This Unknown Stops the Machine
      Olga Markou
This is a Site-Writing Project
      Francesca Marino
      Artemis Papachristou

Curated by Honor Vincent

  Out of Place ︎︎︎  

Sunday October 25th, 2020

Conversations With/Out Houses
        Keren Kuenberg and Sean Cham

Curated by Enrique Cavelier