Scotland + Venice + Matzine

Posted in Announcements by rowan on October 13, 2014

In collaboration with Land Works, during the 3rd week of Scotland’s 4 week residency in Venice, Scotland + VeniceMatzine has been invited to participate in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture: Fundamentals.

Land Works will explore the themes raised by their study to date, with Matzine as invited guest, during an evening event on Friday 17th October.

The event will be held from 6pm at the Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausillatrice, Castello, Venezia.




Scotland + Venice - Land Works


Posted in Announcements by rowan on June 16, 2012

to learn resilience is to learn to adapt, to be flexible: the ability to respond creatively to challenges and change. with challeges come opportunities; a condition of uncertainty can be seen as a chance to consider new methods of practice, to open new lines of enquiry, to dabble in related disciplines and indulge in peripheral exploration.

akin to the plant which flowers with more vigour under strain, some of the greatest examples of human innovation and creativity have emerged in response to challenging circumstances: manifestations of resilience.

mat.zine 11 calls for submissions which creatively exhibit, comment on, or explore the theme of resilience. submission should be original work: drawing, painting, photograph, articles, reviews, poetry, etc.

please send submissions to 

closing date: sunday 22nd july 2012



1 the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity

2 the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

Editor’s Choice: ‘Gaps’ by Kirstin Norwood

Posted in Editors' Choice by rowan on November 12, 2011

This week’s Editor’s Choice is taken from Matzine 06, “The Construc[tive] Critique”.

Kirstin Norwood work ‘Gaps‘ shows her micro sculpture accompanied by an extract from  6th century text Tao Te Ching  written by Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu.

“The sculpture itself,consists of three elements; a magnet, blade and nylon thread. The blade is tethered back from the magnet by the thread and thus is only barely touching the magnetic field produced by the magnet.”

For me this image captures the invisible as much as the visible. There are forces at work beyond our visual perception and it is precisely what’s not there, what we are not told, which creates an intensity, a tension and a stillness.

The words of Lao Tzu remind us of those moments ‘when absence can be the most emphatic form of presence.’ [MINIMALISMS, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Javier Rodriguez Marcos : Gustavo Gili, Barcelona, 2000.]

In current culture which is suffering withdrawal from an excess and superfluity,  where the tendency is to attribute value to tangible commodities, I find this image particularly poignant.

Perhaps we, as architects, thinkers and makers, might glean from this composition, less about what we might choose to do, and more about what we might choose not to.


Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde