ENVIRONMENTS OF MEDIA, PLANTS, AND SURFACES
Jussi Parikka is a professor in Digital Aesthetics and Culture at Aarhus University. He is also visiting professor at Winchester School of Art and at FAMU at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he leads the project Operational Images and Visual Culture (2019-2023, funded by the Czech Science Foundation). His books include Insect Media (2010), Digital Contagions (2007/2016) and A Geology of Media (2015). Recently, he co-edited Photography Off the Scale (2021) and co-authored The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies (2022). His book Operational Images is forthcoming in 2023.
On 8 September, Parikka’s talk draws on his on-going collaboration with artist Abelardo Gil-Fournier. Their joint writing and video projects on “surfaces” deal with environmental observation and the peculiar planetary aesthetics of images and environmental data. The talk features their research project Vegetal Images: Environments of Media, Plants, and Surfaces and includes a screening of their recent video work.
New scene: Sustainable architecture from behind the screens
Jussi Parikka’s talk will be performed from a new scene – the digital room, Behind the Scenes/Behind the Screens (BTS/BTS). Building on the curatorial theme, BTS/BTS is a one-day event series exploring architecture’s relationship to immaterial mediums.
As digital platforms have come to dominate many spheres of daily life, architecture’s claim in constructing social space is changing. The conversion of spaces and objects between virtual and physical realms takes place seamlessly. We work, shop, trade, date and consume in immaterial mediums in ways that the physical environment is unable to provide. At the same time, immaterial mediums and their underlying technologies, their infrastructures allow new modes of engaging and seeing the material world, expanding the focus to processes and multi-scalar temporal considerations.
In its programme, BTS/BTS seeks to unpack some of these ways for constructing, organizing, and understanding immaterial mediums in architecture and its adjacent disciplines. The event will turn into a liminal playground, offering mixed-reality lectures, film screenings, as well as real-time information feeds coming from the parallel activities of Open Architecture Day 2022.
All talks and digital experiences at BTS/BTS are moderated by teaching assistant professors at the Aarhus School of Architecture, Matiss Groskaufmanis, Alicia Lazzaroni and Antonio Bernacchi.
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