28 February 2014 – HCT Debates / Architecture Politics: Francesco Jodice

MA History and Critical Thinking Debates / Architecture Politics
Term 2: Friday 1:00 / 36 Bedford Square, New Soft Room

Francesco Jodice
Friday 28 February

Francesco Jodice, one of the founders of Multiplicity and professor at NABA (Milan), is one of the most prominent Italian visual artists. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano as an urban planner and remains intrigued by concepts such as ‘public space’ and ‘participation’. Convinced that our cultural behaviour is constantly transferred to what he calls ‘the landscape’, his research looks at territories as a projection of people’s desire. Looking at the viewer/artist interface as a project, his work is more concerned with how the art speaks to the public rather than what the art says. Disgruntled by the elitist subtraction of art from the public sphere, he constantly tries to reverse this condition by creating a form of art interface which is accessible to everyone: ‘double-access’. Aware of the difficulties in defining ‘public’ and ‘inside’ in the contemporary cultural environment, he continues to explore the artist interface as a social canvas.

Summary by Marzia Marzorati and Devanshi Shah

HCT Debates: Architecture Politics
Organised and hosted by Marina Lathouri, John Palmesino and Douglas Spencer

To enable students to pursue questions and problems in public, yet small-scale sessions, the HCT programme holds a debate series with guest designers, writers, artists, scholars and critics. Each week two people are invited to talk and share their work with the group. The presentations are followed by discussion. Although the sessions are open, the MA students are asked to prepare questions and observations based upon preliminary reading. Also each student is expected to conduct an interview with one of the speakers.

The theme of the discussions this year is architecture politics. Every time brings specific conditions to the manner in which the claims on architecture are made. New technologies and modes of design and production have prompted elaborate arguments on economic policies, new organisational models, environmental strategies and sustainable development patterns. There seems to be, however, a lack of reflection on the fundamental question of architecture as a composite form of knowledge, yet with specific traits, and as a distinct set of practices, yet in difficult connections with cultural territories and material configurations.

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