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Museum of Anarchy: How can architecture tackle the contradictory brief for a museum of Anarchy?

Part 2 Project 2015
Tyler Holdcroft
University of Portsmouth Portsmouth UK
The project began by interrogating protest in London’s urban squares, where the occupation of space creates real and imagined geographies of dissent. The Howl is a manifestation of this conflict in space, acting as an insurgent venue appropriating space as a “Carnival against War, Oppression and Destruction”. Arriving in Paternoster Square the Howl is a critique on privately owned public space, acting as a beacon and creating a layering of occupation across the real and digital realms. This temporary protest uses occupation to engage spatial discourse, permanently changing the perception of space.

Building on this narrative, Anarchy Island re-imagines Marble Arch roundabout as a museum, where the ‘collection’ is a continuous exhibition of anarchy in action. Picking up on the historic themes of free speech, oppression and monarchical regime inherent in the site, the museum at first establishes itself with the current order, before dislocating and allowing for anarchy. The site acts as an autonomous state within central London, reflecting dissent in the capital through passive collections, alternative education and live protest, occupying the site and spilling into the city around it.

Tyler Holdcroft

Dr Elizabeth-Marie Tuson
Mr Tod Wakefield

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