Introduced by Coy Howard, Robert Irwin argues that the aesthetics and the issues of art have been radically inverted in the last hundred years. He examines how this has brought about a shift in the meaning of the term “art” and the issues and concerns of being an artist. The shift from the pictorial compositions of Jacques-Louis David to work such as that of Kazimir Malevich, is illustrated in the development of Piet Mondrian’s work. In what could be described as phenomenological art, Mondrian’s work develops four principals including change, energy, positive space, and non-hierarchical order. This supports the phenomenological and qualitative way of seeing the world described by Edmund Husserl which is an alternative to Plato and Aristotle’s quantitative world of transcendental truth.
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Introduced by a SCI-Arc student, G?tz St?ckmann presents a selection of the work of his firm, Formalhaut. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues Gabriela Seifert and Ottmar H?rl, he presents their work in three categories: architecture, sculpture, and conceptual work that attempts to merge architecture
and sculpture. Their Cow Project, an installation from 1980 is an attempt to merge an artifact with nature. Their architecture projects attempt to incorporate sculpture into architecture. They have participated in three competitions including a gallery project for Kassel, Germany, a museum in Frankfurt, and another museum for modern art. Their positions as an artist and two architects seldom mix as they prefer to collaborate as specialists rather than fuse their respective disciplines.
Coy Howard introduces Dave Hickey. Hickey discusses John Ruskin, arguing that Ruskin’s writings have a lot to offer the discipline of architecture today. Hickey gives an account of Ruskin’s relationship with contemporary religious thinking.
Alan Sondheim presents an introduction to his research on Internet culture. Sondheim discusses the email list as a new form of global community. He stresses the role of subjectivity on the Internet, the use of feigned identities, and the socio-dynamics of living online. Sondheim discusses the body and its representations on the Internet, and explores the notions of online public and private space. Sondheim introduces the topic of “imaginary architecture.” He discusses the new conceptions of space online. He documents the use of control mechanisms and ordering systems in this new framework. Sondheim argues for the consideration of the new roles for gender online.
Peter Waldman presents several recently built projects reflecting his interest in an American architecture for “mapmakers, nomads, and lunatics,” including the Hurricane House in Houston, and the Trojan Horse house in Galveston.
Jennifer Bloomer explores architecture and beauty. She references Immanuel Kant, Edmund Burke, and John Ruskin in arguing for a reexamination of the role of beauty in art, architecture and in the natural world. She arrives at a model based on bodily terms such as dermis and fat that architects might use to create a new architecture that references the human body.
Roger Sherman introduces Laurie Hawkinson as the speaker. Hawkinson, a principal at Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects, presents several projects of different scales and stages of completion. Hawkinson reflects on the conceptual interests of her office’s work and how these have been approached in their practice.
Steven Holl use his own work and work by others to discusses how lighting, space, typology, program, and materials can create “phenomenological effects” in architecture. He describes his approach to urbanism as using context to reinforce the concept of his design, especially when dealing with a site neighboring natural landscape. He ends by fielding questions about his work, the passion towards his work, and the way the economy shifts his office into different directions.