Open lectures with Henrik Oxvig

Theoretical Seminar & Creative Discussion

For Visual Art and Design MA and DA students
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Henrik Oxvig – head of research and head of the ph.d.program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. 

He formerly held positions as associated professor first at Aarhus University and later at Copenhagen University. Central to his work is spatial analysis of contemporary architecture in dialogue with architectural history and the spatial turn characterizing sociology and anthropology.

Prof. Henrik Oxvig will read following lectures:

'Smooth and Striated'

November 16th, Thursday, 10 am at 102 room, Malūnų st. 3 (VDA C1 building)

Spaces are what we create with architecture and sculpture in a world that in itself is in continuous motion and anything but space. The architect imitates not by producing copies of external things, but by becoming external things and he/she should be aware that architecture also is ‘political platic’ – social forces slowing into form. This is true on the scale of a building and also on that of larger territories. The lecture introduces Gilles Deleuzes philosophy and its importance for the work with architecture by reference to the chapter on ‘the smooth and the striated’ from the book Mille Plateau, that Deleuze wrote with Felix Guattari in 1980.

'The local – not the global – is complex: The question of scale'

November 17th, Friday, 1 pm at 102 room, Malūnų st. 3 (VDA C1 building)

The local building - the local space - is not a small piece in a larger, global complexity, but the place where different global networks cross each other and are camped with physical matter. We are often told that it is the opposite: global networks - and the global - are complex. However, when studying le Corbusier's work with both city plan and building, Colin Rowe found out that it was the opposite: ‘The situation of complex house/simple city seems strange, because we expect the reverse to be the case’, Colin Rowe wrote in connection with his attempt to make us understand the quality of Le Corbusier architecture. The lecture will point out that creating local complexities is crucial in a world that understands itself as a global village, thus exploring a global sense of place.

Moderator prof. Henrik B. Andersen.

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