Chez Eym., the Book
Chez Etym. is an architectural publication considering alternative perceptions of place & time. This focus is explored through a multi-disciplinary lens inclusive of design, art and literature. Through counterpoint or critique, poetry or polemic, stimulation or structure, words weave a narrative of voices which are honest and compelling. The title of the publication reflects this endeavour:
Chez, a French preposition meaning “with,” or the more architecturally connotative “at the home of,” rooted in the twelfth century Old French chiese, or “house;” and,
Etym., an abbreviation of etymology, the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
Thus, Chez Etym.: to be with the history of words and hosted in their company.
Chez Etym., was thematically catalysed and inspired by the Burrell Collection, the work of Brit Andresen, Barry Gasson and John Meunier. Subtly informed by its parkland setting, the Burrell is both elegant and restrained in its tectonic language and holds a unique position in the architectural landscape of its city, Glasgow. Place and memory are inherent in the discussion when considering the Burrell Collection, and its site in Pollok Country Park on Glasgow’s Southside offers a geographical centre for conversations grounded in these themes, both particular to Scotland and further abroad. Having recently closed for (controversial) renovations, it also seems timely to employ this iconic building as platform for reflection.
Chez Etym. is currently exhibited as part of the 2021 New Generations festival; see here.
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