Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Transdisciplines" Lecture Series - 2: Marie-Ange Brayer

The architectural model, a phylogenetic machine
February 28, Thursday, 17:30
ITU Faculty of Architecture (Taşkışla) hall 109
The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

"Transdisciplines", a lecture series organized by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture continues. The second event is supported by Institut Français d'Istanbul and hosts Marie-Ange Brayer with the lecture "The architectural model, a phylogenetic machine".

Architectural models convey an ambivalent status, divided between process and form, conceptualization and referent. For centuries, the status of the architectural model remained a subject of theories about representation. But the use of computer assisted design technologies
since the beginning of the 1990s has brought about a radical paradigm shift for this modeling instrument, becoming now, more than ever, a vector of experimentation. The model is no longer an object of representation, but an "active agent" in a genetic process, marked by transformability and adaptability, so as to allow for dynamic architectural systems. In this sense, the architecture model can appear as a phylogenetic machine.

Since 1996, Marie-Ange Brayer has been the director of the Centre Regional Contemporary Art Collection [FRAC, Centre] in Orléans, France, where the collection is channeled towards the linkage between art and research architecture. The FRAC centre has been putting together a collection to do with architecture in its utopian and experimental dimension, from the 1950s until the present day. She has organized many exhibitions based on this collection (about twenty a year) both in France and abroad (London, Beijing, Budapest, Siena, New York, Tokyo, London, Taipei, to mention the most recent). In 1999 and 2000, together with Frédéric Migayrou, she co-curated the Orléans International Architectural Conference, ARCHILAB, which brings together younger international practitioners involved in the latest forms of architecture, in its most forward-looking dimension. In 2001 and 2002 she co-curated ARCHILAB with Béatrice Simonot. In 2002, Marie-Ange Brayer and Béatrice Simonot were co-curators of the French Pavilion at the 8th International Architectural Biennale in Venice. As an art and architectural critic, Marie-Ange Brayer has published many articles in magazines and catalogues. She is currently working on a PhD at the EHESS [School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences] in Paris, retracing the legal status of the architectural model since the Renaissance, by way of a history of representation ("A model object, the architectural maquette"). In 2008 she will be co-curator of the exhibition « Youniverse », 3rd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Sevilla, curated by Peter Weibel.

Monday, February 04, 2008

"Transdisciplines" Lecture Series - 1: Marcos Novak

February 11, Monday, 17:30
ITU Faculty of Architecture (Taşkışla) hall 109
The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti are organising a series of lectures which will continue throughout the year 2008. In collaboration with Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture, the lectures aim at displaying various examples of transdisciplinary contemplation and production. In this framework, the invited lecturers will bring into discussion subjects ranging from human needs to biotechnology, from architecture’s cultural role to its relations with other disciplines, from Morphogenesis to Field Theory.

Marcos Novak will be the first lecturer of the series. Marcos Novak will refer to various themes like "Novel spaces” and "Transvergence” and will share his studies on the production of new ideas, works, species, and disciplines with the audience.

Marcos Novak is a transarchitect: an architect, artist, composer, and theorist. His projects, theoretical essays, and interviews have been translated into many languages. Drawing upon architecture, music, and computation, and introducing numerous additional influences from art, science, and technology, his work intentionally defies categorization. He is universally recognized as the pioneer of architecture in cyberspace with his use of algorithmic techniques to design actual, virtual and hybrid intelligent environments. He originated several widely recognized concepts, such as "transvergence", "transarchitectures", "transmodernity", "liquid architectures", "navigable music", "habitable cinema", "archimusic", "eversion", "allogenesis". His current research involves nano- and bio- technologies, and explores the hypothesis that we are in a cultural phase characterized by the "Production of the Alien," paralleling the Renaissance "Production of Man". Professor Novak is currently based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is affiliated with CNSI (the California NanoSystems Institute), MAT (Media Art and Technology), and Art Studio.