RCA talks

Visual Cultures Lecture Series – David Cunningham and Adrian Lahoud

16 February 2016 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free, no booking required. The lecture will also be broadcast live on thisistomorrow

For this forthcoming Visual Cultures Lecture Series we are pleased to welcome David Cunningham & Adrian Lahoud who will present their recent research and discuss Space, Data & Abstraction. The conversation will be chaired by Jaspar Joseph-Lester, Research Tutor and Reader in Fine Art (Art, Urbanism and the Moving Image) at the RCA School of Fine Art.

David Cunningham is Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster, where he has taught there since 2002. He is currently the course leader for the MA Cultural and Critical Studies, and Deputy Director of Westminster's Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture. He has been a decade-long member of the editorial collective of the journal Radical Philosophy and is on the editorial advisory boards of both CITY and the Journal of Visual Culture. In addition to his literary and theoretical interests, which focus on modernism and the theory of the novel, he has a longstanding interest in architectural and urban theory, and has also taught, lectured and published extensively in this field. His work has appeared in publications including The Journal of Architecture, New Formations, SubStance and Theory, Culture & Society. Most recently, he is contributor, with Libero Andreotti, Peggy Deamer, Joan Ockman and Erik Swyngedouw, to Can Architecture Be An Emancipatory Project? Dialogues on Architecture and the Left (Zero, 2016).

Adrian Lahoud is an architect, researcher and educator. Prior to being appointed Dean of the School of Architecture and Head of the Architecture programme at the Royal College of Art, Adrian Lahoud was Director of the Urban Design Masters at The Bartlett School of Architecture and served as Director of the MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths.  He has been a part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene curriculum, an experimental pedagogical project bringing together scientists, artists, architects, activists and scholars across a wide variety of fields to explore the practical and philosophical implications of climate change and widespread environmental transformation. The next iteration of the curriculum will explore the concept of ‘technosphere’ looking at systems of technical quantification and their spatial and political effects. For example the role of climate models in climate politics, systems of resource classification and their role in indigenous disputes. Lahoud has worked as a researcher on the Forensic Architecture ERC grant at Goldsmiths, University of London most recently as part of their collaboration with Amnesty International on the Gaza Platform. His work has been widely published, including in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, The Journal of Architecture, Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence, New Geographies 5: The Mediterranean and Performing Trauma. In 2010 he guest edited a special edition of Architectural Design called ‘Post-Traumatic Urbanism’. Dr Lahoud exhibits and lectures internationally, more recently at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Tate Britain, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin and Storefront for Art and Architecture New York. He has been guest critic at the Royal College of Art, Columbia University, Angewandte Kunste Vienna and TU Vienna.