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Dirk van den Heuvel

 April 03, 2012 

"Brutalist Immersion: Musique Concrète-Béton Bruit"

Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | 5.00pm | Betts Auditorium, Princeton School of Architecture

Please join us for a Media and Modernity Lecture and Film event by Dutch architect Dirk van den Heuvel. His lecture, titled Brutalist Immersion: Musique Concrète-Béton Bruit, will also include a screening of the 1959 film Haupstadt Berlin, directed by John McHale and documenting the urban scheme designed for the city by Alison and Peter Smithson.

Brutalist Immersion: Musique Concrète-Béton Bruit: "Music is an overlooked undercurrent of the Independent Group exchanges. The post-history of the group contains countless examples of musical interludes, starting perhaps with the jukebox that was part of the Group Two exhibit at the 1956 T.I.T.-show and the tape recorder in the very centre of the Hamilton collage ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?’. Peter Smithson compared Reyner Banham talking to an RIBA audience to Jelly Roll Morton playing in the Washington Library of Congress. Banham himself talked of Liverpool 'trad jazz' and the American Twist to explain popular culture. John Voelcker built a house for Humphrey Lyttleton. Frank Cordell made the music score to the Smithson Hauptstadt Berlin movie, a combination of jazz and musique concrète. The muscial analogy was especially favourite around 1958 when Iannis Xenakis was building the La Tourette convent and the Philips pavilion in Brussels, together with Le Corbusier, master of béton brut. An immersion into the musical (dis)order of swing, pop and everyday noise may help us to navigate once again the search for une architecture autre, or as Peter Smithson noted: ‘Brubeck! a pattern can emerge’." (Written by DvdH)

Dirk van den Heuvel received his architecture degree from TU Delft in 1994, where is currently an associate professor. His expertise is in the field of postwar modern architecture. Together with Max Risselada he organised two exhibitions and publications: ‘Team 10 – In Search of a Utopia of the Present’ (NAi Publishers, 2005) and ‘Alison and Peter Smithson – from the House of the Future to a house of today’ (010 Publishers, 2004). Together with Madeleine Steigenga and Jaap van Triest he authored ‘Lessons: Tupker / Risselada. A Double Portrait of Dutch Architectural Education’ (SUN Publishers, 2003). He is an editor of DASH (NAi publishers) and the on-line journal Footprint. He was also an editor of the journal OASE (1993-1999). He publishes in various magazines and on-line media, among which ArchiNed and PIN-UP magazine. He has worked as an architect for the offices of Neutelings Riedijk Architecten and De Nijl Architecten.

Chip Lord of Ant Farm

 March 06, 2012 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 | 5.00pm | N107, Princeton School of Architecture

Please join us for a Media and Modernity colloquium with architect and founder of the experimental group Ant Farm, Chip Lord.

The focus will be on Ant Farm's radical media and architecture projects in the early 1970s, including the House of the Century in Angleton, Texas, as published in Playboy Magazine, and video projects such as Media Burn.

This event will be held as a public workshop in conjunction with Beatriz Colomina's spring course “Modern Architecture as Surveillance” and the “Playboy Architecture” research project.

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