Critical Written Reflection lecture series

Public lectures on 10, 17, and 24 November 2017

The dynamic interaction between artistic performance and critical reflection is considered fundamental to all architectural practice. The Critical Written Reflection lecture series focuses on practices which are developing in relation to a public realm.

With a preference for those who – in the words of Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999) – explore the everyday as the loci of potential the Critical Written Reflection programme considers it a privilege to present the following lectures:

Programme

Friday 10 November 2017 at 10.00

Lecturer: Sophie Handler, MA Arch., PhD
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, The Gym, Paradisgade 4 – 6, 8000 Aarhus C (entry from the alley connecting Paradisgade and Nørreport)
Duration: 60 – 90 minutes

The basic architectural act of comprehending the life situation of others is fundamental to Sophie Handler’s practice within her organisation Ageing Facilities. Founded by Sophie Handler in 2006, it is an alternative urban research initiative which sets up small moments that temporarily reconfigure and re-imagine everyday relationships and, in the process, starts to challenge the more utilitarian-functional preoccupations of conventional design. In the words of French sociologist-philosopher Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991), Sophie Handler’s architectural contribution to society is based on a belief that it is possible to transform the present by critically engaging with it.

Friday 17 November at 10.00

Lecturer: Ester Fleckner, Visual Artist
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Studsgade auditorium, Studsgade 33, 8000 Aarhus C (entry from the alley connecting Paradisgade and Nørreport)
Duration: 60 – 90 minutes

Ester Fleckner graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013 and is currently living in Berlin. In her practice, Ester Fleckner explores and exploits the cracks and untimely openings inherent in any system in that they form uncontrolled, so to say out-of-control spaces open for inhabitation and potential manipulation of existing orders.Ester Fleckner is deliberately searching for what may be regarded as failures in what is, by means of digitalisation, an increasingly controllable, inherently norm-reproducing environment, and her work unfolds in fluctuating in-betweens, rather than in fixation and category.

Friday 24 November at 10.00

Lecturer: Nathaniel Coleman, MA Arch., PhD
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Studsgade auditorium, Studsgade 33, 8000 Aarhus C (entry from the alley connecting Paradisgade and Nørreport)
Duration: 60 – 90 minutes

Nathaniel Coleman is Reader in Theory & History of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle. He is a recognized scholar on utopia and architecture and the author of numerous books on the subject. Adding elucidative sociological-philosophical substance to his particular field of research, Nathaniel Coleman is an experienced reader of Henri Lefebvre, who, in his seminal book The Production of Space (1974), recognizes the complexity of everyday lived space when including products of imagination – projects and projections, symbols and utopias – in his concept of space as logico-epistemological. It is in his capacity as reader of Lefebvre that Nathaniel Coleman has been invited to give a lecture on The Generative Potential of Utopia.