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Sana Murrani

 

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Dr Sana Murrani - ()

  • Job title: Lecturer in Architecture, School of Architecture, Design and Environment (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Address: Room 401, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Postal address: Room 401, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752585162
  • Email: sana.murrani@plymouth.ac.uk


Role
Main role: Lecturer in Architecture.

Ephemeral Worlds Unit Leader for Stage 2+3 BA Hons Architecture , Design Modules for Context Essay (ARCO320) Stage 3 BA Hons Architecture Dissertation. MRes Architecture Programme Leader and I'm also part of the teaching and supervision team on the MRes programme in the module titled: Re-thinking Architecture.
 

Qualifications & background

BSc Architecture, MSc Architecture, PhD

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [FHEA]

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

I am an experimental architect, and currently hold the position of Lecturer in Architecture at Plymouth University, UK. I studied Architecture in Baghdad University School of Architecture, graduating in 2000, and obtained my masters degree from the same school in 2003. My main research interest is in the fieldof liminal spatial and social practice with a particular focus on the transient conditions of Worldmaking. My work focuses on linking contemporary spatial philosophy and current critical theories of socialpractice influenced by technoscience in order to reveal the conditions of the marginalised, the contested and the peripheral in any inhabited situation/urbancontext. In my work I use inter/trans-disciplinary methodologies such assecond-order cybernetics, transmedia representation tools/mapping, anddigital anthropology.

Philosophers and theorists of particular importance for my research are: Sanford Kwinter, Neil Leach, Henri Lefebvre,Heinz von Foerster, Michel de Certeau, Umberto Eco, Nelson Goodman, Doreen Massey, Bruno Latour, Manuel DeLanda and Don Ihde, as well as the critique of the philosophies of Michel Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, and Gottfried Leibniz.


My doctoral research was undertaken with the Planetary Collegium Group, 
School of Art and Media, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth, thesis titled: 
Unstable Territories of Representation: 
Architectural Experience and the behaviour of forms, spaces and the collective dynamic environment.

 

Roles on external bodies

Leonardo Reviews: The International Society for the Arts, Science, and Technology.
Re-New: Digital Arts Festival – THE BIG PICTURE: the confluence of art, science and technology, Copenhagen, Denmark 2013.
A reviewer for Routledge architecture series: Thinkers for Architects.

 


Teaching interests

My teaching is research informed and supported by Live Projects:
Experimentation in Architecture through the exploration of different tools of representation and technologies [Sketches, Digital Drawings, Rapid Prototyping/Laser Cutting, MultiMedia technologies].
Focusing on the design process and the creation of narratives as a tool for design, communication as well as representation [Narratives, Diagrams, Story Boards, Comic Strips, Developmental Models].
Integrating theory and practice in studio teaching [Linking Mid and late Twentieth Century and Current Theories of architecture to Experimental Design and Social Practices].
 


Research interests

My main research interest is in the field of liminal spatial and social practice with a particular focus on the transient conditions of Worldmaking. My work focuses on linking mid and late twentieth century spatial philosophy and current critical theories of social practice influenced by technoscience in order to reveal the conditions of the marginalised, the contested and the peripheral in any inhabited situation/urbancontext. In my work I use inter/trans-disciplinary methodologies such assecond-order cybernetics, transmedia representation tools/mapping, and digital anthropology.

-       Liminal Spatial and Social Practice [Theories andPhilosophies of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, de Certeau]

-       Situated Cognition, Perception, Worldmaking,Networks/Complex Systems [Goodman, Latour, DeLanda]

-       Methodologies of second-order cybernetics,technoscience, transmedia representation tools/mapping, and digitalanthropology

Philosophers and theorists of particular importance for my research are: Sanford Kwinter, Neil Leach, Henri Lefebvre, Heinz von Foerster, Michel de Certeau, Umberto Eco, Nelson Goodman, Doreen Massey, Bruno Latour, Manuel DeLanda and Don Ihde, as well as the critique of the philosophies of Michel Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, and Gottfried Leibniz.

 

UoP Research group membership

Culture, Theory, Space 
i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology) 

Other research

Collaboratorwith Art and Sound Research Group, Plymouth University.

Collaboratorwith i-DAT, Plymouth University.

Memberof Culture | Theory | Space research group, Plymouth University.

Member of the Architectural Humanities ResearchAssociation AHRA.

Memberof the Planetary Collegium research group, Plymouth University.

 

 

Creative practice & artistic projects

Exhibitions:

Cabinet: Changing Perceptions, PenArts Gallery, University of Plymouth, UK 2011.

Architectural Week Exhibition, Out of Scale, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK 2004.
 

Conferences and workshops attended:

ISEA2011 Istanbul, Panel discussion: The Volatility and Stability of WorldMaking as TechnéInter Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA2011) conference in Istanbul, September 14th-21st 2011. Invited panelists: Roy Ascott and Marcos Novak. Chair and Co chairs: MarkDavid Hosale, Sana Murrani and Alberto de Campo.

Fixed? Architecture, Incompleteness and Change, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth, UK, 7-8 April 2011, p20.

The 13th Generative Art Conference15th, 16th, 17th of December, Milan-Italy.


9th  Consciousness Reframed Conference: NewRealities: Being Syncretic. Vienna July 3-5 2008.

Vice Chancellor's Research& Innovation Conference, The University of Plymouth - UK April 2007.

8thConsciousness Reframed Conference: Art & Consciousness in thePost-Biological Era, Plymouth - UK, July 21-23 2006.

Models of Machine learningin Creative Design Conference, DCC'06, Eindhoven Technical University andUniversity College London, The Netherlands, July 2006.

SlidingScales Workshop,i-DAT and the Bartlett School of Architecture, The University of Plymouth - UKNovember 2006.

Designing for the 21stCentury Workshop, University of Westminster, London, September 2005.

Altered States Conference:Transformations of Perception, Place and Performance, The University of Plymouth, Plymouth - UK July2005.

BIOTECH ART, SymbioticAand Kings College, London, March-April 2005.

Sensational NetInternational Conference, Fortaleza - Brazil, November 2003.


 


Publications

Refereed book, journal, and conference proceeding articles:

MURRANI, S. 2012. The Socio-Temporary in Architecture: Territories of Second-Order Cybernetics. In: The International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies 2 (1), 44-56.

MURRANI, S & EMMETT, M. 2011. Overlaid Realities. In: Cabinet: Changing Perceptions Catalogue, University of Plymouth Press, UK. 16-17 & 26-27.

MURRANI, S. 2011. Third Way Architecture: Between Cybernetics and Phenomenology. In: Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research 8 (3), 267-281.

MURRANI, S. 2010. Architecture of Generative Situations. In: 13th Generative Art Conference. Milan – Italy, Domus Argenia Publisher.

MURRANI, S. 2009. Instability andIncompleteness in Architecture. In: ASCOTT, R., BAST, G., FIEL, W.,JAHRMANN, M. & SCHNELL, R. (eds.) New Realities: Being Syncretic.Wien: Springer. 202-206.

MURRANI, S. 2007. The Behaviour ofArchitectural Forms. Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research,5 (3), 133-149.

MURRANI, S. 2005. Re-thinking ArchitecturalForm: The Emergence of Self-organized Architectural Form. In:  Altered States Conference: Transformationsof Perception, Place and Performance Plymouth, UK. Liquid Reader.

 

Published abstracts:

MURRANI, S. 2011. Unstable Territories of Representation: Architectural Experience and the Behaviour of Forms, Spaces and the Collective Dynamic Environment (PhD thesis abstract). LABS: Leonardo ABstracts Service, UK. Online: http://leonardolabs.pomona.edu/SearchDetails.aspx?UID=331.

MURRANI, S. 2007.Architectural Form between Theory and Practice: Architectural Form Perceivedand Conceived as a Set of Behaviours. In:Vice Chancellor’s Research and Innovation Conference Plymouth, UK. Poster.

MURRANI, S. 2006. Stigmergic Architecture. In:ASCOTT, R., ed. Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era: 8thInternational Consciousness Reframed Conference Plymouth - UK. University ofPlymouth Press.

MURRANI, S. 2003. TransphenomicArchitecture. In: MACIEL, K.,PARENTE, A., ASCOTT, R., NOBREGA, G., eds. Sensational Net InternationalConference Fortaleza – Brazil. 27. 


 


Other academic activities

Member of the Planetary Collegium Research Group, University of Plymouth, since Jul. 2003.

Member of the Architectural Humanities Research Association AHRA, since Jan. 2008.

Member of the Culture-Theory-Space group, University of Plymouth, since Sep. 2009.

Representing Architecture on the Peninsula Arts Gallery Programming Advisory Group PAGPAG, University of Plymouth, since Sep. 2010.

 


Links
http://sanamurrani.me.uk/