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JEFFREY KIPNIS: SINE QUA NON - ADVANCES IN ARCHITECTURAL ANALYSIS

14 May 2015 Städelschule Aula

Jeffrey Kipnis is a teacher, writer and erstwhile curator. He is a professor of architectural design and theory at the Knowlton School of Architecture of Ohio State University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, and Continuing Visiting Professor at Princeton University. He writes architectural theory and criticism and occasionally on painting.

Kipnis' lecture addresses art and architecture as possible agents of political effects:
Though none of the arts began as agents of political, existential or psychological transformation, neither has any not acted as such from its birth to the present day. On the other hand, not once in all of history has any external practice, whether martial, legal, financial, or intellectual ever been able to conscribe, purchase, seduce or otherwise domesticate that agency with any reliability, even if artists themselves have been entirely willing for, even desirous of such a prospect. For most of its history, on the other hand, architecture, seems to have proven less feral, far too easily conscripted; at least Bataille thought so.  Are things changing? And if so, for the better?

(For the best lecture experience, please visit: http://proofsofconcept.com/ and navigate to Mirror Box under Select Projects. Watch in its entirety before the lecture. (17 minutes)