Carlos Fonseca and Camilo Hernandez Castellanos
Camilo Hernandez Castellanos
"The Photography of Enrique Metinides: The Place of Death in Modern Visual Culture"
Camilo Hernandez Castellanos is a PhD candidate in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Culture. His talk explores the work of Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides, whose harsh and carefully composed images of urban tragedy facilitate the exploration of the social mechanism and ethical implications at stake in the public display of death and in the aesthetic portrayal of human tragedy.
"Photographed Gestures: Photography, Gesture and the Theatrics of Writing"
Carlos Fonseca is a PhD candidate in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Culture. His talk will center on the question of how the invention of photography challenges traditional theories about gesture, imposing in turn a new paradigm of representation and forcing us to restructure our notion of the mise-en-scene as it appears throughout other mediums such as theater and painting. He concludes by asking how this sudden emergence of gesture into visibility produces in turn what he calls a theatrics of writing.
Enrique Ramirez and Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen
"Negation of Ground: The Backdrop of l'Apres-midi d'un Faune"
Emmelyn Butterfield Rosen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Archeology. Her talk will focus on the position of Leon Bakst's painted backdrop within Vaslav Nijinsky's 1912 ballet L'Apres-midi d'un Faune. She situates the dance in relation to a resurgence of theoretical interest, at the turn of the century, in relief sculpture as as a privileged medium for understanding the role of form in artistic representation. She argues that the relationship between Nijinsky's dancers and Bakst's painted backdrop both absorbs and subverts certain assumptions about the "neutral" status of ground in relief representation. Her dissertation, titled The Disposition of Figures in Modern Art 1886-1912, addresses the changing valuation of the human figure in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century modernism by focusing on the emergence of new conventions for posing and positioning figures in art. Organized as a sequence of case-studies on Seurat's Les Poseuses (1886-1888), Gustav Klimt's Beethovenfries (1902), and Vaslav Nijinsky's L'Apres-midi d'un Faune (1912), the dissertation interrogates the motivations for, and significance of, strictly frontal, lateral, and dorsal presentations of the figure within and across these works. She argues that the appearance of frontal, lateral, and dorsal postures within modernism indicates a rejection of the kinds of figural poses inherited from preceding artistic traditions, simultaneously implicating new tendencies of formal composition, and new conceptions of human self-expression and cognition.
"Possession, Occupation, Aerostation"
Enrique Ramirez' is a doctoral candidate in the School of Architecture. His paper considers how Paul Fauchille's 1901 legal treatise "Le domaine aerien et le regime juridique des aerostats" ("Aerial Territory and the Legal Regime of Balloons") used the Eiffel Tower as a demarcator between free and sovereign air space. It is an examination of a moment from the early 20th century when architecture entered the international legal arena, a time when architecture legitimized a new legal regime, an "aerial".
Carrie Eisert and Joy Knoblauch
"Please do not try to make your own rules: Contraceptive Pill Compliance Dispensers and the Domestication of Everyday Pill-Taking"
"Going Soft: The Architecture of Community Mental Health Centers in the United States (1963-1974)"
Janet Vertesi and Molly Wright Steenson
The opening event of the 2010-2011 calendar features presentations by Janet Vertesi and Molly Steenson. Janet Vertesi is one of the newest Cotson Postdoctoral Fellows at the Princeton Society of Fellows. Her work explores intersections of technology, anthropology and image culture. Her doctoral research focused on the human-machine interface and the unique culture of seeing and communicating experienced by NASA's Mars Rover teams. Her presentation, "Seeing Like a Rover," will explore her work with the NASA teams. Molly Steenson is a doctoral candidate in the Princeton School of Architecture. Her dissertation, "Artificial Intelligence, Architectural Intelligence: The Computer and Compuation in Architecture, 1960-1980," studies the integration of information theory and computation into architectural process in the work of Christopher Alexander, Nicholas Negroponte and Cedric Price. Her presentation, "Storage of Information Becomes Activity," will explore the work of Cedric Price and his use of cybernetics.