„Architect as Curator as Architect“ FELICITY D. SCOTT: Architecture: Out of Place

16.06.2015 19:00
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Campus Weißenhof
Neubau 1, Hörsaal 301


This lecture will focus on Arata Isozaki’s Electric Labyrinth at the 14th Milan Triennale of 1968, paying attention to its strategies of occupying and engaging the institutional logics of the gallery—in this case a triennale—as a site for exhibiting architecture. Taking the form of an exhibition object cast as environmental apparatus, Electric Labyrinth was a work of architecture that exhibited itself as architecture and in which the gallery and its conditions of viewing were incorporated within its medium. I will explicate the manner in which Electric Labyrinth refused any simple opposition between an exhibition (in a gallery) and architecture (out there), between images or models of an architectural work and the “actual” “bricks and mortar” version. I will conclude with a dramatic contrast: Isozaki’s participation in “Houses for Sale” of 1980 at Leo Castelli gallery and the rising phenomenon of “paper architecture” during this postmodern moment. Tracing the bemusement expressed by critics of both art and architecture at the set up of this Castelli show, I will read the peculiar disciplinary topologies which emerge when architecture finds itself “out of place.”
Felicity D. Scott is an associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also acts as director of the PhD program in architecture (history and theory) and as co-director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP). In addition to numerous articles on contemporary art and architecture, she is the author of Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics after Modernism (MIT, 2007), Living Archive 7: Ant Farm (ACTAR Editorial, 2008), and Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-Insurgency, forthcoming on Zone Books. She was also a founding co-editor of Grey Room, a quarterly journal about architecture, art, media and politics published by MIT Press since 2000. Scott is the recipient of grants and awards from the American Academy in Berlin, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Clark Art Institute, Creative Capital/ Warhol Foundation, and J. Paul Getty Foundation.
The talk is part of „Architect as Curator as Architect“ – Jour Fixe Series Summer 2015
Introduction and Moderation by Mona Mahall, Asli Serbest

Introduction by Prof. i.V. Asli Serbest

Lecture by Felicity D. Scott

Audience of the lecture
(All photos by Janis Rozkalns)
Poster: Design by Valentin Alisch
What is the role of architecture now and in the future of a globally networked world? What is its public, political, and aesthetic potentialities? Its conceptual methods and critical media? To focus these questions, we look at current curatorial practices, their processes, and strategies. The objective is not only to discuss architecture as an (critical) exhibition object or relational space. We also want to address architecture’s ability to project other selves without cancelling former ones.
Concept and Curation Jour Fixe Series Summer 2015: Prof. i.V. Dr. Mona Mahall, Prof. i.V. Dr. Asli Serbest, AM Chrissi Nasz
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Sto-Stiftung, Wüstenrot Stiftung, Armstrong DLW, Beton Marketing Süd, FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH + Co KG, Nimbus Group GmbH und der Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg
Hinweis: Diese Veranstaltung ist bei der Architektenkammer als Fortbildung im Rahmen der berufspraktischen Tätigkeit als „Architekt/in im Praktikum“ (AIP) genehmigt.