Andrew Stiff

SCD Andrew Stiff

Andrew Stiff’s design practice investigates the process of collecting, archiving and re-presenting unique urban spaces that demonstrate the role of density, intimacy and complexity within urban spaces. The moving image sequences that emerge from this practice form a catalyst for debate upon the cultural and social value of the spaces, in particular how they can inform the debate on urban planning and design, and critically question how we capture urban space with specificity.

He is currently undertaking a practice based PhD at RMIT University, in the School of Graduate Research: Architecture and Design. The research is titled: ‘Intimate Spaces: An archive of creative observation’.

 

  • PGCert Teaching and Learning. 
  • SEDA Supervisor for Research Degrees for Professionals in Art & Design. 
  • BA Hons Fine Art Painting. 
  • MSc Information Systems and Technology, 
  • PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies [Completion 2020].

 

 

Design Studies, Moving image and Experimental design practices

My current practice-led research examines methods of observation, documentation and re-presentation of the complex urban condition of the Hems, an area of compact mixed-use buildings, of District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Focusing on issues of density, intimacy and complexity, this work is constructed through multiple moving image sequences.  

Using a combination of visual lenses and filters, the documentation captures the life of these dense and complex urban spaces through the relationship between the inhabitants and their immediate built infrastructure. With a focus on detailed documentation of event, movement and space (Tschumi. 1994) the hẻms are recorded using long sequences of footage that are illuminated through the lenses and filters allowing the hẻms to be re-presented with different visual properties such as focus blur, layering, extrusions etc.  

This documentation of intimacy, complexity and density presents a rich collection of sequences that are contextually significant to HCMC. The data gathered and manipulated through the documentation process can be employed in a number of ways. The relationship between occupation and its fluidity presents a tightness, in the operation of the spaces. This presents examples of dense urban spatial capacity. The documentation is also a record of a unique urban condition, that is under threat from demolition and redevelopment. HCMC is rapidly expanding, and this research can inform future urban planning and design through the re-presentation of the hems, as a space capable tackling the associated issues.

 

  • 2019. ‘Hem City’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2019.
  • 2019. ‘Tan Pho An [Hidden Cities]’ Hanoi. Exhibition of research and practice on the hems of district 4. AGO Hub, Hanoi, Vietnam. 11th - 22nd November 2019.
  • 2019. International Conference: ‘Solutions for housing development to meet the population growth of 1 million people every 5 years in the period 2021-2035 in Ho Chi Minh City’. Paper & Conference presentation. Peoples Committee Ho Chi Minh City, Tower 81, HCMC, Vietnam. August 23rd 2019.
  • 2019. ‘SUPERTIGHT’. multiple Digital video screening. Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Exhibition: July-September 2019.
  • 2019. ‘District 4: The hem archive’. Video screening and public talk. Old Compass Cafe, HCMC, Vietnam. July 11th 2019.
  • 2019. ‘South East Asian Neighborhood Network’. Workshop and research lecture. Vietnam-German University, HCMC, Vietnam. June 20th - 22nd 2019.
  • 2019. ‘Documenting Smart Hems.’ HO CHI MINH CITY IN THE NETWORK OF SMART CITIES IN ASEAN: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES. Paper & Conference presentation. HCMUSSH University, HCMC, Vietnam. May 23rd - 24th 2019.
  • 2019. ‘Cine-Concert: Hem City’. Live Audio Visual Performance. Saigon Salon, HCMC, Vietnam. April 23rd 2019.
  • 2019. ‘Tacit Cultural Contexts: Branding Smart Cities.’ Paper & Conference presentation. Van Lang University, HCMC, Vietnam. March 5th 2019.
  • 2019. ‘Dau An Thoi Gian [Sign of The Times]’. Exhibition of research and practice on the hems of district 4. Lygon Gallery, RMIT University Vietnam, HCMC, Vietnam. March - May 2019.
  • 2018 ‘Hem Walk 004’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2018.
  • 2018. ‘Augmented Smartness: Harnessing Tacit Urban Intelligence.’. Conference panel. Smartness? between discourse and practice. 15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference. 15th - 17th November 2018.
  • 2018. ‘Hem Walk 004’. Digital Video. Facade Video Festival. Festival, Plodiv, Bulgaria: 28th - 30th September 2018.
  • 2018. ‘Interdisciplinary archival practices: An archive of creative observation.’. Conference paper. International conference: AN ASPIRATION FOR A SMART BUT SOCIAL CITY IN VIETNAM 27th-28th September 2018.
  • 2018. ‘Alor Setar Pulse - 2015’. Digital Video. KLEX: Khaosuing Film Festival. 19th - 27thOctober 2018.
  • 2018. ‘Interdisciplinary archival practices: An archive of creative observation.’. Conference paper. Art, Materiality and Representation, RAI, British Museum, SOAS. Conference: June 2018.
  • 2017. ‘Hem84’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2017.
  • 2017. ‘Alor Setar Pulse - 2015’. Digital Video. Nimman Festival. Asian Culture Station, Changmai:  17th-19th February 2017.
  • 2016. ‘Collision’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2016.
  • 2016. ‘Alor Setar Pulse’ Kinoflow Kísérleti Film Fesztivál. Örökmozgó Filmmúzeum, Budapest, Hungary. 'Pulse' 2015. April 2016.
  • 2016. ‘Alor Setar Pulse - 2015’. Digital Video. MAPKL - Johor.  2016.
  • 2015. ‘Alor Setar Pulse’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2015.
  • 2015. 'Experimental Videos from Malaysia & Beyond’. The National Film Archive, Seoul, Korea. 'Kampung Hakka' 2014,  ‘KL Dreaming’ 2014. 20th August 2015.
  • 2014. ‘Sun Shower - Asian Experimental Video Festival Hong Kong’ Future Cinema Studio, 6F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong,  'Kampung Hakka' 2014. 3rd April.
  • 2013. 'Season's Greetings' Seoul Media Canvas, curated by KOSMA. 'Picea Abies' – 2013. December.
  • 2013. 'VGAFest'. Publika: White Box Gallery. Kuala Lumpur. Selection of 5 Digital Video Artworks, selected for public show. Conference talk on the portfolio of D-Fuse. 29th-31st March.
  • 2010. 'Luminous' Group gallery show. Showing 4 Digital Prints, Faraday_01, Faraday_02, Malam, Early Bird. Oakfield Gallery, Highgate, London. Nov. 12th 2009 – Jan. 7th 2010.
  • 2009. Stiff, Andy and Antoniu, Manuela and Kelly, David (2009) SCIRIA Openmind seminar series, architecture/pure data/graphical programming. In: architecture/pure data/graphical programming, 17th June.
  • 2009. 'The Faraday Grid'. Conference presentation, 'Digital Noise' Greenwich University. 12th May.
  • 2009. ‘Ten Key Digital Issues' a published chapter in 'Philosophy in Art' by Richard Osbourne. Published May 1st 2009 by Zidane Press.
  • 2008. ‘Rain’ 1' 3 min. video piece. Included in group show called 'Transcentric' . November - December.
  • 2007. ‘Second Life and Online Learning Experience’. Conference paper, UAL, ‘Designs on e-learning’, London.http://www.designsonelearning.net/archive/2007/ 12th-14th September.
  • 2007.’Digital and Physical Surfaces’. Symposium and Video Installation, University of the Arts London, Chelsea school of Art.   21st-23rd February.
  • 2006. ‘Landscape’. ‘Twelve Views’ video Installation, University of Northampton, University of the Arts London, Camberwell college of Arts. October - November.
  • 2006. ‘Temporal Facades’. Video Installation, London Architecture Biennale, London. 16th-25th June.
  • 2006. ‘Enhanced Blended Presentations’. Conference paper, ‘Designs on e-learning’ London/online. Available from: http://www.designsonelearning.net/archive/2005/ 27th-31st March 2006.
  • 2005. ‘The City and the moving image’. Talk given to students at the Architectural Association. 7th November.
  • 2005. ‘Corners’. Exhibition in Art Space M-Post. Seoul, Korea. 6th-24th September.
  • 2005. ‘Developing a Community of Practice’. Internal UAL Conference paper, Camberwell College of Arts, London. 15th June.
  • 2005. ‘Digital Narratives’. Lecture given to the Bartlett school of Architecture. 28th Jan.
  • 2004. ‘The City Quartered’ - A film shown in the exhibition ‘Digital Surfaces’ held in Seoul, Korea. 13th-23rd Oct.
  • 2004. Presentation about the online conference held at Camberwell college of arts. The presentation was given at the internal conference 'E-Learning at the University of the Arts London'. 
  • 2003. 'Sonicity festival' in Rome. Performance date 26th October.
  • 2003. Invited jury member for ‘Cinevj’ tournament Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2003. Lecture 'From://Analogue To://Digital'. Architecture School, Portsmouth University. February.
  • 2003. Talk and presentation of the D-Fuse portfolio of work and the invited project concept  for the ‘Sonicity’ digital festival in Rome, to students of Architecture, Rome University.
  • 2002. Live video performance. Image|architettura in movimento, Florence, Italy. 6th International Festival for Architecture in Video 2002 February 7th - 10th.
  • 2017 – USD $8,000.00. Primary Investigator: Internal funding for a research project titled ‘Developing an archive of the hems in District 4 HCMC’. Complete.
  • 2016 – USD $9,981.85. Primary Investigator: Internal funding for a research project titled ‘Transitional Changes. Investigating the ephemera of the Saigon Hem’. Complete.
  • 2011. Sheila Pontis – Design method for mapping complex information. Case study: Underground Diagrammatic Maps. Second Supervisor. UAL London College of Communication
  • 2014. Jem Mackay. UAL Camberwell

 

  • External Examiner for MA Web Design & Content Planning. Greenwich University, London.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

  • D-Fuse.com -  A multidosciplinary digital cooperative, specialising in experimental video and live video performances.
  • Freelance creative: painting, digital printmaking, video and web.

 

  • 2019 – Appointed Research Coordinator for School of Communication & Design, RMIT University Vietnam.
  • 2017 – Appointed as a member of the ‘Creative Works Panel’, RMIT University Vietnam.
  • 2017 – 2018. Ethics committee, RMIT University Vietnam.
  • 2016 – 2017. Appointed Research Coordinator for SCD, RMIT University Vietnam.
  • 2016 – Current. Appointed Associate Lecturer in SCD, RMIT University Vietnam.
  • 2012 – 2015. Appointed head of the Research Centre for Creative Practice. School of Media Art and Design, Academy of Architecture and the Visual Arts, Linton University College. 
  • 2012 – 2015. Deputy Dean,  School of Media Art and Design, Academy of Architecture and the Visual Arts, Linton University College.
  • 2011 – 2012. Senior Lecturer,  School of Media Art and Design, Academy of Architecture and the Visual Arts, Linton University College. 
  • 2010 – 2011. Senior Academic, MA International Contemporary Art and Design Practice, Post Graduate Center,  Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. 
  • 2009 - 2010. Appointed Post Graduate Coordinator for Camberwell College of Arts [Graduate School, University of the Arts London] Sept. 
  • 2004 - 2010. Course Leader for MA Digital Arts Online. Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Sept. 
  • 2004 - 2010. Course Leader for MA Digital Arts. Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. July 
  • 2003 - 2004. Acting course leader for the MA Digital Arts course. Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. 
  • 2003 - 2003. ITRDU [IT Research and Development Unit] Online information delivery. VLE Development [Blackboard]