#CTB13: John Tagg and Ariella Azoulay in Conversation

AHGSU is delighted to present a conversation between Prof. John Tagg (Binghamton University) and this year’s keynote speaker, Ariella Azoulay (Brown University).

JTphotoThe conversation will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 3:30, in the Fine Arts Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A live stream will be made available through our website.

Azoulay’s keynote address will be held on Saturday at 5:00, in FA 258. Read the abstract here.

Ariella AzoulayThe event will be followed by a reception.
The keynote address by Juiia Walker will be held at 5:30, in FA 258.
Read her abstract here.

#CTB13: Conference Schedule

Crossing the Boundaries XXI: DIS/PLACE
April 26-27, 2013

Art History Graduate Student Union Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Binghamton University

Keynote Speakers:

Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Julia Walker, Assistant Professor, Art History, Binghamton University

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26
(All panels located in the University Art Museum)

11:00 – 12:00   Undergraduate Panel
Moderator: Katerina Acuna
The Naturally Lit Cube: Dia:Beacon’s Natural Light and Perceptual Experience
Alex Feim

Openings and Closures, Doorways to Expression in State Mediated China. Zhang Dali’s Dialogue
Eric Wuu

The Necessity of Thought: Thomas Hirschhorn’s Bataille Monument
Rachel Rapp

12:00 – 12:30   LUNCH   (Rosefsky Corridor)

12:30 – 1:45   Performance & Performative Spaces
Moderator: Josh Franco

Persepolis 2530: Viewing the Modern Ruins at Persepolis
Maria Salva, Binghamton University

Imagibility and Communicability in Archigram’s City Projects
Joo Yun Lee, Stony Brook University

Recontextualizing the Atomic Southwest
Deanna Sheward, New York University

The Aesthetics of Indifference: Andy Warhol’s 1967 Utah ‘Hoax’ as Performance and Self-Portraiture
Scotti Hill, University of Utah

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Keynote: Prof. Julia Walker, “Allegory/Archipelago: Crossing Berlin’s Boundaries”

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Julia Walker is Assistant Professor of Art History at Binghamton University. Her talk, titled “Allegory/Archipelago: Crossing Berlin’s Boundaries,” will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 5:30pm.

Abstract:

Upon winning the commission to master plan Berlin’s new government district, Axel Schultes remarked, “the challenge posed by the competition was to coax the soul out of the Spreebogen, the genius loci, to pour its historical and spatial dimensions into the mold of a new architectural allegory.” Schultes and his partner, Charlotte Frank, had generated public enthusiasm with a design anchored by a Band des Bundes (or “ribbon of federal buildings”) spanning the Spree River twice and traversing the former boundary between east and west. Supporters saw the plan as symbolically repairing the torn urban fabric and suturing together the formerly divided city. Indeed, Schultes and Frank’s design thematized the Spreebogen’s status as a boundary that needed somehow to be crossed—a historical zone of rupture, movement, and surveillance, from the course of the Berlin Wall along the Spree to the spectral presence of Albert Speer’s imposing north-south boulevard. Yet Schultes’s reflection that the Spreebogen’s vexed history must be refigured as a “new architectural allegory” also reveals that the boundary between his plan and its precedents is theoretical as well as historical. Schultes and Frank’s postmodern approach to urban planning draws heavily on the thinking of Rem Koolhaas and O. M. Ungers, who had planned in 1977 to reconfigure Berlin as the “green archipelago,” a decentralized, fragmented, and dispersed city in which islands of architectural intensity floated in depopulated green space. In both the allegory and the archipelago, the unified city is hardly unified, but rather diffuse and inchoate.

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