Architecture, Representation, Reproduction (London, 15-16 Jun 17)

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, June 15 - 16, 2017

Fantasy in Reality: Architecture, Representation, Reproduction

Thursday 15 June 2017
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
with registration from 09.00

Friday 16 June 2017
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
with registration from 09.30

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Organised by Dr Marie Collier: The Courtauld Institute of Art

£26 general admission / £16 Students and concessions (over 60s)
Limited free places available for Courtauld students
TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fantasy-in-reality-architecture-representation-reproduction-tickets-33046131870

From the capriccios of Piranesi and Canaletto to Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, Archigram’s drawings in the 1970s, and contemporary video game architecture, architectural fantasies have been produced and reproduced for centuries. On the one hand, architectural fantasies stir the imagination, represent future possibilities, and utopian dreams, on the other, they reflect and reproduce political ideologies, societal aspirations and anxieties. Though by definition, fantasy relates to that outside reality, or beyond possibility, the examples listed above engage directly with reality and they exist as realised projects in the form of architectural representations – on paper, as models, as reproductions or as digital files.

This symposium aims to consider the intersection of fantasy and reality by examining a broad range of architectural production from the Renaissance to the present day across different cultures and media. It includes papers that explore the blurred lines, or tensions, between fantasy and reality in architecture and its representation. Architectural fantasies created in drawings, paintings, computer renders, photographs and films, and three dimensional examples in built projects, exhibition pavilions, doll houses, interiors and garden features will be considered as vital forms of architectural production that both reflect and produce reality.

How does the production of architectural fantasies relate to reality and attempt to shape it? How do representations of architecture construct or perpetuate fantasies of the built environment? How have architects, city planners and/or politicians and rulers used architecture to reinforce fantastical notions of reality? What is the role of the mass media in the production and dissemination of architectural fantasies in popular culture?

In what ways do representations of built or soon to be built projects contribute to the construction of fantasy? The conference seeks to address these questions and more.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1
Thursday 15 June
09.00 – 09.30
REGISTRATION

09.30 – 09.45
Welcome

09.45–11.00
Session 1: Tensions Between Fantasy and Reality – Chair: TBC

Amy Butt (Architect and Independent Researcher): Science Fiction Aesthetics: Tensions Between Reality and the Radical

Andrea Canclini (Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino): The real construction of a dream, from Celebration to New Urbanism. Determinism in the reproduction of a community in the ethical shapes of urban fantasies

Catherine Bonier (Assistant Professor, Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University): Visionary Digitalia, Filthy Games and Pernicious Beauty

11.00 – 11.30
TEA /COFFEE BREAK (provided for all, in Seminar room 1)

11.30 – 12.45
Session 2: Built Architectural Fantasies – Chair: TBC

Ashley Paine (ATCH Research Centre, School of Architecture, University of Queensland): Period Rooms and the Fantasy of Architectural Display

Charlotte Ashby (Associate Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London): Fantasy Environments: The Illusion of Nature and Alternative Realities at the Fin-de-siecle

Petra Eckard (Assistant Professor, Institute of Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies, Graz University of Technology): A Concrete Fantasy: Edward James’ Las Pozas

12.45 – 13.45
LUNCH BREAK (provided for speakers and chairs only)

13.45 – 15.00
Session 3: Constructing Architectural Fantasies in Mass Media – Chair: TBC

Marie Collier (Sackler Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow, The Courtauld Institute of Art): The New Moscow in Print: Constructing a Fantasy of Socialist Architecture in Soviet Periodicals

Eleanor Rees (PhD Candidate, School of Slavonic Studies, University College London): ‘Spectacles of Socialism’: The use of the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition in Stalinist Cinema

Reto Geiser (Gus Wortham Assistant Professor, Rice University School of Architecture): From Science Fiction to Science Fact: Chesley Bonestell and the Role of Visual Representation in the Exploration of the Final Frontier

15.00 – 15.30
TEA /COFFEE BREAK (provided for all, in Seminar room 1)

15.30 – 16.45
Session 4: Postmodernism and Fantasy Architecture – Chair: TBC

Rahma Khazam (Independent Researcher): Postmodernism in Venice: The 1980 Architecture Biennale

Christina Gray (PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA): Fantasy in Retail

Kasper Laegring (PhD Candidate, Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture): Yes is More and the Return of the Postmodernist Imagination

16.45 – 17.00
REFRESHMENT BREAK

17.00 – 18.15
Session 5: Imagined Antiquities – Chair: TBC

Berthold Hub (Scientific Assistant, Max-Planck Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz): Filarete’s ‘Fantasie’: Between Utopia and Reality

Thordoris Koutsogiannis (Chief Curator, Hellenic Parliament Art Collection, Athens): Imaginary Athenian Architecture and the Modern Visual Culture all’antica

Marco Folin (Associate Professor, University of Genoa) and Monica Preti (Head of Academic Programmes, Auditorium du Musee du Louvre): Maarten van Heemskerck’s Wonders of the World: Architectural Fantasies in the Northern Renaissance

18.15
RECEPTION

DAY 2
Friday 16 June
09.30 – 10.00
REGISTRATION

10.00 – 10.15
Welcome

10.15 – 11.30
Session 6: Artists as Architects, Architects as Artists – Chair: TBC

Anne Schloen (Freelance Curator, Cologne): (im)possible? Artists as Architects
Nicholas Bueno de Mesquita (PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art): Two and Half Dimension. Russia and Germany and the Formulation of New Architectural Languages 1922-24

Niccola Shearman (PhD Candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art): Out of the Woods: Lyonel Feininger and the Printed Face of ‘Glasarchitektur’

11.30 – 11.45
REFRESHMENT BREAK

11.45 – 13.00
Session 7: Fantasy Architecture and Models – Chair: TBC

Katherine Wheeler (Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture): A Mini Marchine for Architectural Fantasy

Matthew Wells (PhD Candidate, The Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum): Use Validity, and Truth: Models between Fantasy and Reality in British Nineteenth-Century Architectural Practice

David Marshall (Associate Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne): The Chinoiserie Fabrique as Quintessential Fantasy Architecture

13.00 – 14.00
LUNCH BREAK (provided for speakers and chairs only)

14.00 – 15.15
Session 8: Promoting Ideology through Architectural Fantasy – Chair: TBC

Nicole Rudolph (Associate Professor, Departments of History and Languages, Literature and Cultures, Adelphi University): Fantastic Models and their Discontents: How Spectacular Architecture Shaped Domestic Space Expectations in Postwar France

Steven Rugere (Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Environmental Design Kent State University): Transported without Moving: Two Models of Immersive Fantasy at the 1964 World’s Fair

Miruna Stroe (Lecturer, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism): Architectural Representation in Cold War era animation films

15.15 – 15.45
TEA /COFFEE BREAK (provided for all, in Seminar room 1)

15.45 – 17.00
Session 9: Architecture, Image, and Fantasy – Chair: TBC

Lutz Robers (Lecturer, Jade University Oldenburg): Architecture as/without Image

Edward Denison (Lecturer in Architecture, The Bartlett School of Architecture): Fascist Fantasies: Italian Dreams and African Nightmares

Massimo Mucci (PhD Candidate, University IUAV Venice): Buildable Architecture versus Unbuildable City?: The Case of Lebbeus Woods’ Drawings

17.00 – 17.45
Discussion and Concluding Remarks

17.45
END

Quellennachweis:
CONF: Architecture, Representation, Reproduction (London, 15-16 Jun 17). In: H-ArtHist, 21.04.2017. Letzter Zugriff 27.04.2017. <https://arthist.net/archive/15296>.

Beiträger: The Courtauld Institute of Art

Beitrag veröffentlicht am: 21.04.2017

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