Jeffrey Kipnis begins the first of a series of conversations titled The Fecundity of a Mossy Climate with Andrew Zago. Kipnis presents an outline of Zago’s work, including the Cipher installation for the SCI-Arc Gallery, the Elevation studies, the Boing! chair, and the Rialto housing development project, proposing stages of being influenced and influencing others. Kipnis and Andrew Zago discuss pedagogy, drawing, technology, Boolean operations, and influences in general. Kipnis remarks that Zago’s characterizations of his own work demonstrate, “why your work has nothing to do with all the work that looks like it.”
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Alexis Rochas presents images of paintings by Giotto, characterizing them as an exploration of relationships in space. Rochas points out how architectural elements represented in the paintings do not describe possible buildings, but organize and compartmentalize narrative and compositional elements. He presents additional examples in which Giotto uses objects to define space and to define relationships between figures. Rochas discusses the role of flatness in Giotto’s work and the effect of stylized abstraction.
Alexis Rochas lectures on the body in space in European painting from the 13th to the 17th century to an audience of Making + Meaning participants. Rochas presents images of paintings by Giotto, characterizing them as an exploration of relationships in space. Rochas points out how architectural elements represented in the paintings do not describe possible buildings, but organize and compartmentalize narrative and compositional elements. He presents additional examples in which Giotto uses objects to define space and to define relationships between figures. Rochas discusses the role of flatness in Giotto’s work and the effect of stylized abstraction. Rochas discusses the representation of figure, architecture and landscape in the paintings of Piero della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna and Raphael. He discusses Piero della Francisca in terms of a shift from intuition to geometry, and the integration of architectural elements. He discusses how Andrea Mantegna used perspective to open up space and compositional techniques to collapse depth. Raphael integrated complex arrangements of fully rounded figures in carefully defined space. Rochas concludes with a discussion of the representation of figure, architecture, and space in paintings by Tintoretto, Rubens and Caravaggio. He credits Tintoretto with creating a new emphasis on body and posture as crucial compositional elements, especially in works where collections of foreshortened figures, seemingly liberated from gravity, define expressive spatial forms. The great accomplishment of Rubens, according to Rochas, was animating part to whole relationships, particularly details of musculature as elements of complex compositions. Caravaggio, in contrast, collapses perspective and eliminates background to focus intensely on his figures, using light and mass as the primary elements of his work.
Continuing his talk to graduate students, Jeffrey Kipnis describes acting techniques and how contemporary exercises create the ability to draw parallels between self-similar effects by embodying the principles of the inspirations. He describes students’ desires, particularly the SCI-Arc student, and the pedagogy that surrounds the ethos of this institute. The clip cuts out, and continues in Part Two.
Stephen Slaughter discusses his engagement in the community and activist aspirations. He talks about his passion for an expressive facade, showing the completed house renovation. The house incorporates the abstract representation of heritage Slaughter sought to achieve.
Eric Owen Moss moderates a symposium consisting of distinquished faculty members Jeffrey Kipnis, Michael Rotondi, and Hernan Diaz-Alonzo. They discuss representation, imagery, functionality, materials, and contemporary culture. Coy Howard, Elena Manferdini, and Chris Genik pose questions for the panelists. They reflect on the recent death of Raimund Abraham.
Eric Owen Moss introduces newly anointed Distinguished Faculty, Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis, and Henan Diaz Alonzo. Moss presents a set of images, pointing the talk in the direction of representation and image control through architectural devices. The panelists agrees that lack of originality is a problem that plagues contemporary practice.
Michael Rotondi discusses the impact of terrorism on architecture and how, for example, embassies reflect contemporary values and fears. The panelists discuss representational techniques, symbolism, minimalism, “the box,” and affect and effect in art and architecture.