The Politics of Parametricism

The Politics of Parametricism

Digital Technologies and the Future(s) of Sociality

Presented by the Master’s Program in Aesthetics & Politics at CalArts

This two-day conference organized by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg includes a range of international experts from architectural practice and theory, and explores urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at stake in the evolution of computational design. Parametricism has been heralded as the new avant-garde in the fields of architecture and design—the next “grand style” in the history of architectural movements. Parametric models enable digital designers to create complex structures and environments, as well as new understandings of space, both real and virtual. Whether as tools for democratic action or tyrannical spectacle; self- and community-building capabilities; a post-humanistic subject; or the mediatized politics of our desired futurisms—all these themes are figured and being assembled within the Parametricist discourse.

Guest Speakers: Phil Bernstein (Autodesk), Benjamin Bratton (UCSD), Christina Cogdell (UCD), Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Peggy Deamer (Yale), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan (Columbia), Neil Leach (USC, Los Angeles), Reinhold Martin (Columbia) & Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).

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SCHEDULE
NOTE: Each day is ticketed separately. To attend both sessions, be sure to purchase tickets to both Friday and Saturday.

 

Friday, November 15

7–9pm
Keynote event
“Architecture and politics: Parametricism within or beyond liberal democracy?”
–a discussion with Reinhold Martin and Patrik Schumacher


Saturday, November 16

10am
Panel 1: Introduction to Parametricism: historical and technological context
Phil Bernstein, Neil Leach and Christina Cogdell

12:00pm
Lunch Break

2:00pm
Panel 2: Parametricism, the commons and social representation
Peggy Deamer, Teddy Cruz and Laura Kurgan

4:00pm
Coffee Break

4.45pm
Panel 3: Designing subjectivities, curating new models of sociality
Benjamin Bratton and Andrés Jaque

6:30pm
Event ends

Lead Sponsor: Autodesk              Media Sponsor: eVolo Journal

       

 

Associated Images: 

Date/TimeGM/STCA
FRI 11/15
7:00 pm
$10$5Free
SAT 11/16
10:00 am
$10$5Free

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff