Schedule



Spring 2021 Season - Days/Times Forthcoming



Nation Building with Antonio Pacheco / A bi-weekly look at the state of public architecture in the United States, including interviews, news items, reading suggestions, and historical/theoretical frameworks for understanding public architecture more broadly.

Grounds with Amanda Ugorji / Inter-generational interviews with artists, designers, and planners that ask what existential questions they have been working through lately and how they make their decisions.

Still Standing with Eytan Levi and Ben Hoyle / Interviews with experts about the renovation of Soviet mass housing.

Conversations on Care with Ana Miljački

DISPARITIONS // EP 05 // IDIOSYNCRASY

An installation by Sarah Wagner (MArch '20) and Stratton Coffman (MArch '20)
over my desk in the Collective Architecture Studio, February 2019
Who should get credits for this?

Host

Eytan Levi


Guests

Christopher Ketcham (Boston, USA) 
Gabrielle Heffernan (Boston, USA)

About the show


Disparition, the act of disappearing, based on Latin disparere, in an obsolete word in English - itself disappearing.Every week, this show investigates through several interviews what is going away and perhaps never coming back in our architectural educations.Discussions are conducted one after the other, as to never reach a consensus so that listeners can craft their own resolution to the topic and build their own position on whether or not it is disappearing.


EP 05: Idiosyncrasy

“I, for one, would have been happy to see only [Max] Bill’s sculptures at the Kunsthalle, along with Mattioli’s sculptures and Tinguely’s mobiles - what a sensation that would have been: exhibition 1968, the exhibition of a polycentric world that is gradually overcoming the extremes of bourgeois individualism."

This praise for group exhibitions over solo exhibitions was articulated by Swiss curator Harald Szeemann in 1968 - as mentioned by Hans-Ulrich Obrist in 1996, who was himself quoted by Caroline Jones in 2016. Szeeman, Obrist, Jones. Bill, Mattioli, Tinguely. Three names, twice, which remind to what extend individuals remain an integral part of collective ventures, and conversely.

If architectural education has been looking a starchitects over the past decades, what still holds of this notion in 2020? Are individual approaches to the discipline necessarily despicable? Or does any architectural endeavor rely on a profound idiosyncratic commitment to the discipline? Perhaps it is too simplistic to oppose individual and collective realms in the context of architecture.

To enter the collective. Is that the new structure architectural production is morphing into? Are collectives always desirable in architecture? What limitations do they pose to creation? Is a collective an author, or does it recognize the discrete components that support it?


To understand what I sense as a replacement of individuals by collectives, I will first talk with Christopher Ketcham (PhD ’18 and Associate Curator of Public Art at MIT's List Visual Arts Center) to learn about precedents from the world of contemporary art, and I will then discuss with Gabrielle Heffernan (MArch ’20) what space exists for authorship in a studio like Ana Miljački’s Collective Architecture Studio or in a thesis.

Comments

ah i love this image! good memories.