• Alison Knowles and Norman Kaplan, Poem Drop at The House of Dust. Image courtesy of Alison Knowles and James Fuentes, NY

Presentations and panel discussion “Tomorrow, Life will be Housed in Poetry”

Graduate Center, CUNY, New York. In the context of The House of Dust exhibition at the James Gallery
October 13, 2016

Participants: Tom McDonough, Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, SUNY; Anthony Vidler, Architecture, Yale University, Princeton University; Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Architecture, The City College of New York, CUNY; Sébastien Pluot.

Is an algorithm an author? Looking back at the algorithmic underpinnings of the poem, The House of Dust by Alison Knowles insists on a reassessment of mathematics, technology, and calculation in art and architecture. The evening’s conversation of utopias, urban mapping, and calculation examined an array of interpretations by artists and architects of Modernist ideals of mathematical rules which were promoted by Le Corbusier and others, the use of cybernetics and on the other hand, the critique of functionalism and standardization in the 1960's. This event was organized by Maud Jacquin and Sebastien Pluot.

To listen to the panel discussion: