Time: March 5, 2011 from 9am to 6pm
Location: MIT Building 7, room 431
Street: 77 Massachusetts Ave.
City/Town: Cambridge, MA
Website or Map: http://htc.scripts.mit.edu/wo…
Event Type: conference, /, symposium
Organized By: MIT Department of Architecture
Latest Activity: Mar 3, 2011
We are pleased to announce the seventh annual *research-in-progress symposium organized by the graduate students of the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
MIT Department of Architecture
Building 7: The Long Room (7-431)
Roland Barthes’ Death of the Author paved the way for a proliferation of studies that problematize, dismantle or critically reinforce the notion of individual or group authorship in art and architecture production. Established authors are questioned and replaced by multiple actors; agents perceived as incapable of intentional creative practices are re-conceptualized as true authors. Criticism of received notions of author and authorship advanced to the center of scholarly arguments in relation to both contemporary and pre-modern subjects.
The purpose of *research-in-progress symposium “Beyond the Author” is to bring together graduate students to critically analyze the conceptual validity of authorship. We encourage applications from students exploring the authorless or quasi-authorless practices in art and architecture of modern and contemporary periods, as well as medieval traditions, rural/peasant artistic productions, and the visual environment of everyday life in industrial societies. Papers addressing the historiographies of authorship and histories of philosophisation, mythologization or suppression of authorship are also welcome. We envision the symposium as a forum for innovative approaches to the idea of individual/group creativity, approaches that do not simply dispose of this question but rather critically engage with it within a broad spectrum of discursive platforms.
09:00-11:00 || Panel 1 || FIGURING THE AUTHOR
Respondent: Arindam Dutta (MIT)
Paul Holmquist (McGill University), The Architect Commands:
Ledoux and the Authority of the Genie
Hollyamber Kennedy (Columbia University), A Compensatory
Aesthetics: Walther Rathenau and the Cultural Politics of Self-Regulation
Chelsea Ryanne Behle (MIT), ‘As Seen On TV’: Publicity, Violence
and Self-Promotion in Chris Burden’s Television Works, 1972-1976
11:15-13:15 || Panel 2 || ASCRIBING AUTHORSHIP
Respondent: Laura Adams (Harvard University)
Peter Christensen (Harvard University), A Mediterranean Circle: Placemaking in Sephardic Salonica, 1492-1682
Daria Ricchi (Princeton University), Unauthor(ized) Replica
Michael Kubo (MIT), Design Incorporated: Notes on a History
of TAC and the Corporate Production of Architecture
14:30-16:30 || Panel 3 || PURSUING AUTHORLESSNESS
Respondent: Yanni Loukissas (MIT)
Ginger Nolan (Columbia University), ‘Small Brains’ and ‘Little Fingers’: Some Nineteenth-Century Theories on the Artistic Facility of Children and Savages.
Britt Eversole (Princeton University), Educazione alla augestione [Education, self-management style]
Theodora Vardouli (MIT), ‘Architecture-by-yourself’: Early Studies in the
Computer-Aided Participatory Design
17:00-18:00 || KEYNOTE LECTURE
Lucia Allais (Princeton University), The Strange Death of Modern Architecture: Unesco House, 1952-1958
Igor Demchenko, Yavuz Sezer, and Jennifer Chuong
Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology