THE POLITICS OF PARAMETRICISM:
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FUTURE(S) OF SOCIALITY
7-9pm Friday 15th & 10am-6.30pm Saturday 16th November 2013
REDCAT, 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
A Conference Curated and Organized by: Matthew Poole & Manuel Shvartzberg
Hosted by: The MA Aesthetics & Politics Program at CalArts and The Gallery at REDCAT
Lead Sponsor: Autodesk (autodesk.com)
Media Sponsor: eVolo Magazine (evolo.us)
Guest Speakers: 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).
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 various futurisms – all these
themes are figured within the Parametricist discourse.
This conference, which included a range of high profile international speakers from architectural
practice and theory, explored urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at
stake in the evolution of this new design paradigm.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
“Architecture and Politics: Parametricism within or beyond Liberal Democracy?”
– a discussion with Reinhold Martin and Patrik Schumacher
Reinhold Martin: “On Numbers, More or Less”
Patrik Schumacher: “Thesis on the Politics of Parametricism”
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