REVISITING FORM: Architecture, Socialism, Modernism
public seminar at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary (12 April 2013)
REVISITING FORM was organised by BALTIC curator Alessandro Vincentelli and Sebastian Messer, Northumbria University. The conference took, as its starting point, the BALTIC’s major retrospective exhibition of Croatian artist, David Maljkovic.
During the morning Owen Hatherley, architectural critic and writer, talked about abstraction and figurative sculpture in political, memorial art.
Agata Pyzik, author of forthcoming book “Sexy But Poor”, on the erasure of social and cultural landmarks in former Warsaw Pact countries and the rise of the new left in politics in those countries.
After lunch, Sebastian and Alessandro discussed some of the themes raised by the Maljkovic exhibition, which was followed by a presentation of “Animate Landscapes” (Pamphlet Architecture 32) by Matt Ozga-Lawn, Stasus, who discussed his working practices and research aims. Nic Clear, Head of Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, discussed architecture in relation to science fiction, particularly the utopian/ dystopian tradition, explored by his post-graduate students in Unit 15 at the Bartlett, University College London, and at Greenwich.
The seminar concluded with Sebastian chairing a panel discussion with Nic Clear and Matt Ozga-Lawn about the future of architectural design, practice and education.