Spanning many scales, from the interior to the city, the panel presents the political implications of a new aesthetic and biological mode of governing focused on the life and health of human populations. Topics include hospital environments, human/machine interfaces, pharmaceuticals, and food markets. The panel on Aesthetics and Biopolitics addresses the overall conference theme of monocultures by refusing the traditional categorization that separates aesthetics from politics. Instead, the conversation focuses on design scholarship that examines connections between the two modes. More specifically, in the context of health, the panel will discuss a range of environments -- from specialized, high technology medical spaces to everyday environments – as clear evidence that health, aesthetics, and power are inseparable.
Joy Knoblauch, Moderator
- Annmarie Adams, McGill University
- Giovanna Borasi, Canadian Centre for Architecture
- Gina Greene, University of Pennsylvania