SCI-Arc Lecture: Graham Harman – Strange Objects contra Parametricism

Graham Harman is professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. His lecture at SCI-Arc develops the central themes of object-oriented philosophy, with special attention to their implications for architecture.

The current intellectual fashions for relationality, flux, becoming, and materiality cannot be maintained, and must be replaced by a form of realism. But whereas traditional realism was an often middle-aged standpoint designed to police speculative fancy with hidebound scientific fact, object-oriented philosophy entails a weird realism, in which objects are so real that they can never be directly known or touched. The architectural implications of this philosophy will be developed by way of contrast with Patrik Schumacher’s two-volume treatise The Autopoiesis of Architecture, the magnum opus of parametricism so far.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    07:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
    960 E. 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California

  • More information: 

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