Thursday, November 11th
This lecture and text workshop will explore the conjunction of Trevor Paglens series of photographs and Nina Valerie Kolowratnik’s architectural notion system in the context of her book, The Language of Secret Proof. The workshop will think with Kolowratnik’s proposition for the experimental role architecture can play in decolonizing the discourse of space, as well as to whom the right to secrecy belongs in a self-avowed democratic society.
FRIDAY ALL-DAY WORKSHOP
Site-Writing: Social Spatial Strategies
Friday, November 12th
A two-part workshop to explore Jane Rendell’s notion of site-writing, which begins any analysis of space with observational notions and the experience of the body. The morning seminar will give students a chance to explore a new publication Rendell is involved in, Slow Spatial Reader: Chronicles of Radical Affection, ed. Carolyn F. Strauss, and consider the application of this technique in students’ own practices. The afternoon session is a walking session through iconic interior/exterior spaces in Rotterdam. Together we will generate notes towards site-writing, discussing them as we move through the city and reflecting on how to generate embodied descriptions of space with the MA thesis project in mind.
Image credit: Interior pages of The Language of Secret Proof, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik. Photographs by Trevor Paglen, “Limit Telephotography,” 2006-2012.