The Sackler Research Forum is delighted to announce the Spring 2016 Friends Lecture series. Entitled Utopia: Constructed, the series will be part of a rich programme of public events inspired by the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia that will be taking place at Somerset House during 2016. Scholars from across The Courtauld have contributed to the planning of the series, and we are keen to explore the transformative power of architecture in the past, present, and future. It is envisioned as an opportunity to explore the interplay between the visual arts, social contexts, and intellectual communities, and to examine the intersections of media, aesthetics and politics with architecture and the urban. Utopia: Constructed will investigate the multivalent modes of architectural research and artistic practice, and how the legacy of Utopia has been negotiated through space and ideas.
Lectures are free and open to all (no registration required) and will be held at 17.30 in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre at The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Tue 19 Jan, 2016 Spring Friends Lecture Series
This first lecture in the series Utopia Constructed explores the relationship between ideal concepts and the actual practice of architecture and city planning in the context of India. It touches on concepts of the ideal…
Tue 9 Feb, 2016 Spring Friends Lecture Series
Speaking with a group of architects in 1967, Michel Foucault distinguished heterotopias, actually existing ‘other’ or ‘different’ spaces, from ‘fundamentally and essentially unreal’ utopias. This talk will revisit that figure—heterotopia—as a boundary problem, of which…
Tue 16 Feb, 2016 Spring Friends Lecture Series
How were political art works able to mediate between rival interests, to enhance the power and presence of rulers while buttressing the competing rights and privileges of their subjects? And in what ways did sculpture…
Tue 15 Mar, 2016 Spring Friends Lecture Series
“The lecture will use examples of my own work to discuss utopian ideas within current post-studio art practice, including Nowhereisland, my ten-year artwork that culminated in a new travelling nation built from an Arctic island…