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The Politics of Parametricism at REDCAT

Digital technologies and the future(s) of sociality presented by the Master’s Program in Aesthetics & Politics at the California Institute of the Arts.

The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program will be hosting their annual fall conference on the weekend of November 15th at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater). The theme of the conference this year is “The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies and the Future(s) of Sociality”.

This two-day conference, organized by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg, includes a range of international experts from architectural practice and theory, and explores urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at stake in the evolution of computational design. Parametricism has been heralded as the new avant-garde in the fields of architecture and design—the next “grand style” in the history of architectural movements. Parametric models enable digital designers to create complex structures and environments, as well as new understandings of space, both real and virtual. Whether as tools for democratic action or tyrannical spectacle; self- and community-building capabilities; a post-humanistic subject; or the mediatized politics of our desired futurisms—all these themes are figured and being assembled within the Parametricist discourse.

Guest Speakers will include:

Phil Bernstein (Autodesk), Benjamin Bratton (UCSD), Christina Cogdell (UCD), Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Peggy Deamer (Yale), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan (Columbia), Neil Leach (USC, Los Angeles), Reinhold Martin (Columbia) & Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London).

Event Details:

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th November 2013
REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Lead Sponsor:  AutodeskMedia
Sponsor:  Evo Magazine

Last edited by fbotha on Nov 13, 2013
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