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Its Form Will Follow Your Performance

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Abstract: Winston Churchill’s observation that “we make our buildings; then they make us” suggests that part of our subjectivity lies in the environment we inhabit. This implies that when we are making buildings we are not just making objects but subjects as well. When architecture is conceived of in these terms an entire set of possibilities opens up with the questions: who are we, and who do we want to become? For the last decade, my work has been to follow this line of inquiry through architectural exhibitions in artistic contexts. I will present a selection of works that explore subjectivity in all its complexity.

Biography: Alex Schweder La’s projects have been exhibited internationally including the Netherlands Institute of Architecture, Henry Urbach Architecture in New York, The Sculpture Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Magnus Muller in Berlin. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Rome Prize fellowship in Architecture and a Pollock-Krasner award. Schweder La holds a masters degree in architecture from Princeton University and teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - 41st Annual Series of Lunchtime Lectures series.

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