Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, Sam Jacob & Merijn Oudenampsen, chaired by Florian Idenburg & Manijeh Verghese
Date: Monday 21 January 2019
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
This conversation will explore the concept of Home as a territory as well as a conceptual idea in a period of post-globalisation. How are nation-states, regions and national cultures redefined and what are the implications for design culture. Going beyond the domestic, we will interrogate the concept of ‘where are you from?’ through questioning new definitions of identity, the re-emergence of Nostalgia and Romanticism as a longing for a past time or place, the establishment of a national style and architectural language, and the political or legislative implications of leaving or redefining one’s homeland. In doing so, we will ask the question - Is Homeland a place of origin or a space of autonomy?
In 2010 and 2011, it was estimated according to census data that around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries. In 2017, there were 3.8 million EU citizens living in the UK, an estimated 6% of the total population. These statistics mean that the concept of ‘Home’ will be redefined for many of us within Europe as Britain prepares to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. With that in mind, the Architectural Association and Florian Idenburg of SO - IL are partnering with the Dutch Embassy to organise a series of talks that will invite architects, artists, politicians, theorists and designers to look at the new forms of collaboration, identity, trade and exchange that the UK will need to invent as it redefines its relationship with the rest of Europe.
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici is the founder of the publishing and educational platform Black Square, Unit Master of AA Diploma Unit 14, and the coordinator of the history and theory course at the School of Architecture of the Royal College of Art. She holds a PhD from TU Delft with a thesis on the construction of modern subjectivity through the project of public space. Before joining the AA, she taught at the Berlage Institute and BIArch Barcelona and worked on large-scale urban plans with offices BAU Bucharest, Donis Rotterdam and Dogma Brussels.
Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, a practice whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art and curatorial projects. Recent projects include the V&A Gallery at Design Society, Shenzhen, Fear and Love at the Design Museum, a new mixed use building in London’s Hoxton, public realm design and cultural strategy for a south London market and a landmark project for London Design Festival with Mini Living. He has worked internationally on award winning projects and has exhibited at major museums such as the V&A, MAK, and The Art Institute of Chicago as well as cultural events including the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Chicago and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen. Previously he was a founding director of FAT Architecture.
Merijn Oudenampsen is a sociologist and political scientist. He works as a post-doc researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) on the political history of neoliberalism. His PhD focused on the intellectual backgrounds of the swing to the right in Dutch politics around the turn of the century. The Dutch translation of his PhD, titled De conservatieve revolte (Vantilt, 2018), has been nominated for several awards in the Netherlands. Previously, he was editor of the 20th edition of the art journal Open, titled the Populist Imagination (NAi 2010). He also edited a volume titled Power to the people, een anatomie van het populisme (Boom | Lemma 2012).
This programme was made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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