Lauren Dutton

MA work

ADS3: Horror

NecRomance

In response to the medical profession’s increased demand for human tissues, NecRomance creates a new death process. The body is dissected and traded to London’s medical institutions and a freakish mourning ritual is created to accompany this brutal process. Scientists/artists cultivate beautiful objects of mourning from cell cultures of the deceased. The architecture explores the contrasting processes of dissection and cultivation of bodily tissues. It transforms from the gory – drawing from the Gothic horror aesthetic – to the sublime, reflecting growth, cultivation and the afterlife. Mourners move through the building, sensing the transformation through their grieving process.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2010

  • ADS3: Horror

    NecRomance

    In response to the medical profession’s increased demand for human tissues, NecRomance creates a new death process. The body is dissected and traded to London’s medical institutions and a freakish mourning ritual is created to accompany this brutal process. Scientists/artists cultivate beautiful objects of mourning from cell cultures of the deceased. The architecture explores the contrasting processes of dissection and cultivation of bodily tissues. It transforms from the gory – drawing from the Gothic horror aesthetic – to the sublime, reflecting growth, cultivation and the afterlife. Mourners move through the building, sensing the transformation through their grieving process.

  • Degrees

  • BArch (Hons), Architecture, Cardiff University, 2006
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, Hutchinson Studio Architects, London, 2006/7; Architectural assistant, Arthurell and Kirkland Architects, London, 2008/9
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Routemasters (London Festival of Architecture), Exhibition Road, London, 2008; Yard Screenings (London Festival of Architecture), Urban Salon, London, 2008
  • Awards

  • Architecture, T Alwyn Lloyd Travelling Scholarship, 2006