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.