National Museum for Photography, Film and Television
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ
CentreCATH - Leeds
Dana Arnold, Irena Bauman, Leeds Andrew Benjamin, Beatriz Colomina,
This conference addresses the question of architecture and
philosophy from the Classical to the Postmodern. It wishes to pursue
several avenues of investigation.
Firstly, the place of the architectural metaphor in the texts of philosophy
from the Platonic archeton to Marx's superstructure, from Heidegger's
notion of dwelling to deconstructive arche-writing. In this respect
the conference would like to explore the ways in which philosophy,
and latterly the expanded practice of Theory, has imagined itself
as an architectural enterprise which builds systems of thought.
Secondly, the philosophical discussion of architecture as a branch
of aesthetics from Kant and Hegel to the present. Here the conference
also wishes to address theories and philosophies of architecture from
Vitruvius to Corbusier and beyond. Thirdly, those pieces of architecture
which both have their foundations in philosophy and which inspire
philosophical reflection. In particular the conference will examine
contemporary architecture (so-called postmodern or deconstructive
architecture), which as a practice seems to perform the insights of
postmodern theory, and the architecture of the museum and the museum
of architecture and the Architectural Archive.
Here the conference would like to explore debates around the creation
of museum spaces and the relationship between collections, interpretation
meaning and space.
Fourthly, the specific conjunction between philosophers and architects,
when philosophers become architects (e.g. Wittgenstein, Derrida) and
when architects become philosophers (e.g. Thomas Jefferson, Bernard
Fifthly, the question of the material in philosophy and architecture,
from Socratic materialism to Paul de Man's Aesthetic Ideology. Here
the conference would like to explore the ways in which architecture
might help philosophy think through the problems of materiality and
the ways in which such philosophical reflection might be performed
in architectural practice.
Sixthly, the relationship between building and sculpture, between
architectural practice and artistic practice. Seventhly: architecture
and the city; how does contemporary practice engage with historic
spaces? How does architecture address issues such as regeneration,
political discourse and social inclusion and identity?