18th Oct 2013 12:30pm
Main Gallery South, 3rd Floor Mithras House
Lecture by Michael Jemtrud, a professor (and former head of Architecture) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
“The danger of the idea of the common – which only begins to become interesting if we move it toward the notion of the commons – is that there is a presumption that the project preexists the problematic. The common claim is to know in advance what is at stake. To predefine the project in this way subverts any potential for creating a new set of problems. The project, in these terms, can only be deciphered, categorized, judged within the frame of its preexistence. Techniques, on the other hand, are always immanent to the event in its unfolding. They are not equal to all tasks and must therefore be reinvented each time. Techniques are neither specifically political nor artistic nor ethical. They move across, emphasizing points of emergence or singularization. Techniques thus potentially create conditions for a singular unfolding of the event.”
Erin Manning, From Noun to Verb: The Micropolitics of “Making Collective”. Inflexions, Volume 3.
The lecture will discuss the relationship between technics and contemporary models of conceptualization and production through the lens of current research-creation projects within the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM, McGill University). The “Three little shacks” and “Mobile Urban State” projects will be discussed relative to notions of collaborative techniques and a shared theoretical framework. The philosophy of Gilbert Simondon will be used to frame question of technics relative to research-creation activity and contemporary models of thought. His view of technology will be extended to make claims relative to the inter-relationship between the technical, environmental, and social regimes in design and the evolution of “technical objects”. Issues of authorship, collaboration, active formation of publics, sustainability, methodology and prototyping will be touched upon.