LAST WORD ... / MICHAELA MELIAN / GEORGE JERONIMIDIS

Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!

Discussion
Last Word on Ben van Berkel and The Theatre of Immanence
Saturday, 12 January, 17h, Portikus, Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel

with Peter Schmal (Director DAM), Prof. Nikolaus Hirsch, Prof. Achim Menges, and Prof. Harald Kloft.
Moderated by Luis Etchegorry and Johan Bettum.

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

The “Theatre of Immanence", was developed as an interface for various forms of communication and exchange. The sum total of this layered and complex space is first and foremost driven and enabled by technology. From the design process to the merging of dynamic image flows and the physical construction, from the virtual domain of the Internet to the reality of the gallery space, the many spatial modes of "the Theatre" are the result of a current, massive technological pressure on all forms of design, making and living.

The two main questions are:
- In light of the contemporary technological pressure on architectural production, is "the Theatre of Immanence" a relevant model for contemporary and future architecture?


- What relevance does a material, structural and technological preoccupation hold for architecture with respect to other issues, first and foremost, the social and cultural dimensions of an architecture that seems increasingly driven by technological concerns?

The exhibition and the project is supported by Deutsche Telekom. Thanks also to Vitra, Royal Netherlands Embassy and Heinz und Gisela Friederichs Stiftung.


Michaela Melian: Schleifen und Spiralen
Dienstag, 15 Januar, 19 Uhr, Aula

Das Dingbar-Machen von flüchtigen Geschichten, das Einschreiben von scheinbar zufälligen Ereignissen, die sich aufgrund ungünstiger Machtverhältnisse und Hierarchien in Luft aufgelöst haben und nie Teil des kulturellen Gedächtnisses wurden, ist ein wichtiger Motor für Melián. "Wie kann man eine andere Form von Denkmalstruktur schaffen, die nichts Didaktisches hat oder konkret irgendjemandem dient - das sind die Fragen, die ich mir stelle", so die Künstlerin. Z.B. in ihrer Installation zu Hedy Lamarr, der aus Nazi-Österreich geflohenen Hollywood-Schönheit, die mit ihrem Patent zum Frequency Hopping für den Funkverkehr amerikanischer Kriegs-U-Boote einen wichtigen Beitrag zur heutigen Mobilfunktechnologie leistete, wurde einer dieser vergessenen Kulturbeiträge wieder ans Licht geholt.
Michaela Melián ist Künstlerin und Musikerin, sie lebt und arbeitet in Deutschland. Seit 27 Jahren ist Michaela Melián Bassistin und Sängerin der Avantgarde Band F.S.K. (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle), 2004 veröffentlichte sie Ihr erstes Solo-Album "Baden-Baden", dem jetzt "Los Angeles" folgte. Zur Zeit lehrt sie als Gastprofessorin an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg.


the Architecture Class presents:

Designed Materiality - Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2007-8
a series of lectures addressing the contemporary status of architecture in relation to material and design technologies.

George Jeronimidis, University of Reading, Centre for Biomimetics: Structural Fibrous Architectures in Biology
Thursday, 17 January, 19h, Aula

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

George Jeronimidis is professor of composite material engineering and director of the Centre for Biomimetics, - which 1992 he set up with Professor J.F.V. Vincent.-, and a leading international authority in this field. Biomimetics (or bionics, biognosis, or biomimicry) is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems. The field emerged and got its name during the 1950s and has of recently become an important influence on various forms of design outside engineering, including architecture.
Since biomimetics is concerned with the mechanical response of living organisms to internal and external forces, the lessons that can be had from it may be of great use in an approach to architecture that embraces complexity and engages with advanced material systems. Fibre-reinforced, composite material systems are central in this context, and Jeronimidis will address these types of material systems as they exist in nature. His past and current research interests cover biomimetics, plant and animal biomechanics, smart materials and structures, bio-inspired sensing systems, renewable materials from plants, mechanics and design aspects of composites. The common thread between these superficially unrelated research areas is the added functionality which can be incorporated into man-made designs exploiting fibrous architectures.
During the last few years, he has been involved in teaching at the Architectural Association in London, specifically in the Emergent Technologies program.

The Städelschule Architecture Class Lecture Series is supported by the Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen.