The past two weeks sped along at a dizzying pace. Not only am I writing my thesis, but the rest of the second-year MED students and me are busy in the realm of programming. As I've mentioned earlier, we are still putting the touches on our symposium. Called The Market of Effects, the symposium will be held on March 29-30 here at Yale, following a keynote lecture by Professor Mark Gottdiener from SUNY Buffalo. According to the school website, "This symposium, organized by students in the School's Master of Environmental Design program, will explore the creation of narrative, visual, sensual and technological effects in recent architecture and urban design. The participants will articulate the historical, economic, and technological aspects behind these effects, and speculate on their ideological motivations." Six presenters, from graduate programs across the country, will be presenting. This event is unusual, and we anticipate a good turnout. We've been working on this since May of last year ... it's nice to see it coming to fruition.
In addition, this past weekend, I attended the Seduction symposium. Much like the design work featured in the program, the event was smooth, slick and sexy -- the architecture and discussions were provocative, featuring a who's-who gallery of usual suspects: Greg Lynn, Jeffrey Kipnis, Hernan Diaz-Alonso, David Erdman, Kivi Sotamaa, Roemer van Toorn, David Erdman, Peter Eiseman, Mark Linder, Mark Gage. In addition, there were presentations from journalists/curators, including Herbert Muschamp, Henry Urbach, Chrissy Iles, and Peggy Phelan. My two favorite presenters were Sylvia Lavin (who gave a really well-researched and thoughtful keynote lecture) and Gregory Crewdson. I only know Crewdson from the cover art he did for Yo La Tengo's And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2000) -- but he was a fantastic presenter. It's amazing, because he puts the same amount of energy in a single picture that a production crew would put into shooting a scene. Fantastic stuff.
Our colloquium, entitled "Critical Imaginaries" is proceeding well. Last Tuesday, we had Dietrich Neumann, from Brown University, who is this year's Vincent Scully Visiting Professor. His talk was entitled Full Immersion, and he presented some important historical precedents to our topic. In considering issues of simulation and travel replacement, Professor Neumann's talk focused on the scopic regimes of panoramic images. Touching on work by Schinkel, as well as early examples of motion pictures, Neumann posited that simulation is, by necessity, a panoramic strategy.
On Tuesday, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) will come to our class. This promises to be great ... and I'll keep you to speed on what happens.
And next Tuesday, January 30 ... it's Reinhold Martin (Columbia).
More later ....