The seven session provocateurs discuss the symposium. Dora Epstein Jones looks forward to the upcoming masterclass with Graham Harman, seeing speculative realism as a persistent subtext. Tom Wiscombe observes that speculative realism might be seen as part of the current technological push towards transparency. Todd Gannon disagrees, emphasizing that what matters isn’t what something is, but what qualities it has. Marcelyn Gow looks forward to seeing the symposium’s issues reflected in student work. Joe Day anticipates the many issues generated will be productively sorted and connected. David Ruy warns that the now is impossibly elusive to fix. John Enright introduces Hernan Diaz Alonso for a final comment.
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Hernan Diaz Alonso concludes the Right Now symposium with the observation that it was never intended to define a new dogma. He proposes it functions more as a playlist, presenting themes at random. Among these, he stresses the importance of historical context, the construction of the audience, realisms–in the plural–and how everything ultimately depends on people who are obsessed. He plays a video clip from Saturday Night Live, and encourages everyone to, “Go find your cowbell.”
Jeffrey Kipnis begins the fourth and final conversation of the Look! You got it all wrong series by introducing Eric Owen Moss and the session’s topic: history. Moss proposes history as a way of defining coordinates to orient oneself. He presents images of the Nazca lines, and pictures by Goya, Dürer, Blake, Lucien Freud, and discusses quotes from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, Owen Barfield, and Veronica Wedgwood’s “History is an art–like all the other sciences.”
Jeffrey Kipnis and Eric Owen Moss discuss topics related to history, including precedents in architectural discourse, the value of experience, significance in architecture, learning about architecture historically, publications versus building.
Jeffrey Kipnis prefaces the final conversation of the Look! You got it all wrong series by introducing the session’s topic: history. Eric Owen Moss proposes history as a way of defining coordinates to orient oneself, presenting images ranging from the Nazca lines to Lucien Freud, and quotes from Ecclesiastes to Veronica Wedgwood’s “History is an art–like all the other sciences.” Kipnis and Moss discuss precedents, experience, significance, and learning about architecture historically. With a student in the audience they discuss John Lukacs’s The Hitler of History.
Todd Gannon proposes five general guidelines to graduate students embarking on their thesis:
- Privilege Difference Over Similarity
- Avoid Cliché Making
- Privilege How Over What
- Develop New Vocabularies
- Enfranchise New Constituencies
Todd Gannon proposes five guidelines to graduate students embarking on their thesis, starting with Privilege Difference Over Similarity and Avoid Cliché Making.
Todd Gannon continues his presentation of five guidelines for thesis with Point #3: Privilege How Over What, Point #4: Develop New Vocabularies, and Point #5: Enfranchise New Constituencies.