17:00 | FRIDAY 7. 12. 2012 | Film Auditorium
skype lecture with samples – Keith Eggener (US)
The theorist of architecture Keith Eggener from the University of Columbia, Missouri will, through the live skype lecture, introduce the phenomenon of demolitions and their role in the history of architecture, and in our contemporary lives.
There is a vast amount of literature on the substance of architecture; on the materials, physical elements, ideas, forces and procedures that produce it. Comparatively little has been written on the routes by which architecture, once constituted, loses that substance. This talk will address one of these routes: intentional demolition. Like ruins, demolitions and demolition sites can be highly eloquent and affecting. While they lack the patina of age and the perceived nobility and long-term cultural and memorial value of ruins, demolitions are nonetheless rich in temporal allusions; the palimpsest-like revelation of a building as its fabric is removed, or the startling dynamism of the blast, when a large, essentially static object becomes momentarily active. Issues of transience, obsolescence and mortality also emerge from the act of demolition. Packaged as tourist-oriented spectacles, demolitions are exemplary of what historian David Nye calls "the technological sublime." Such acts involve an erasure of history, but also make way for new objects and events, new histories. Beyond this, many buildings have afterlives, carried on in intricate ontological and memorial relationships with the documents and discourses surviving them. We tend to think of architecture as solid, stable, enduring. Demolition makes powerfully evident the vulnerability, the mortality, of all things built. Keith Eggener's live skype lecture will be broadcast directly from the University of Columbia in Missouri.
- Keith Eggener, Eliška Děcká
7 Dec | 5:00 pm | FA
skype lecture with samples, Keith Eggener (USA) | Urbanism Animated