Posted in Announcements by stephen on August 13, 2013

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We are pleased to invite you to the launch of MATZINE #13 – JARGON

For this event, Matzine is hosting a debate centred around jargon and how it is used to communicate design in public projects.

For JARGON – Daisy Froud AOC & Indy Johar 00:/
Against JARGON – Crystal Bennes & Charles Holland FAT

Chaired by Owen Pritchard Icon Magazine

Wed 21st August, 7pm

38 Hoe Street
E17 4RT

Space is limited so please RSVP to to guarantee a place.

3 weeks to-go : matzine#12 countdown

Posted in Food for Thought by stephen on November 11, 2012

Three weeks to-go until submission deadline for the decidedly-winterly matzine#12 issue!
To help set your minds in rich places we [Seán & Stephen] will offer you a weekly fragment from our own investigations, while at the same time building up to the fast approaching 1st december

I love the film Psycho. It contains all the sinister ingredients for a classic horror movie. As an architecture student I was obsessed with this film for its overt use of archetypal elements to build suspense and dread. The voyeuristic peep hole, the house raised up on the hill, the use of the basement and staircase all blend together to reinforce our ideas of what we fear.

In this scene, Arbogast’s curiosity of the house brings him inside. Standing at the foot of the staircase we all know that he is about to encounter his greatest fear when he reaches the top. The staircase in this scene is an amazing element that slowly builds the tension with each step he takes.

Editor’s Choice: ‘Disorder Before Order’ by Holly Wales

Posted in Editors' Choice by stephen on November 23, 2011

The latest in the series of Editor’s Choices is taken from Matzine 07, “The Hourglass Issue” [ed.Seán McAlister]

This submission, by illustrator Holly Wales, was an invitation into her mind; a glimpse at the thinking process in creating intriguing compositions. It presents to us an idea of order and disorder and how our brains process the construction of an image. I’m intrigued by this piece as it eludes to an infinite amount of possibilities and that what we see here are only moments in a continuous mechanism. These moments capture how our brains try to grasp onto something tangible that we can relate to: to offer us comfort or recognition, and come to a conclusion that what we are looking at is something familiar.

It is not difficult to appreciate the influence of this process on creating and viewing architecture and space. To treat a facade as a kit of parts that needs to be assembled/desembled to create something recognisable. To see forms that bring nostalgia of past moments in time. An appreciation of disorder in architecture would at first seem counterintuitive, but this just might be the perfect route to another kind of order, not yet seen or used.

Stephen Mackie

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