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Mar 28
16:00 - 17:15
Global Cities and the Aesthetics of Surface: Lisa Robertson's Soft Architecture - Jason Baskin (Exeter)
English Research Seminar series

Global Cities and the Aesthetics of Surface: Lisa Robertson's Soft Architecture

 Against the recent post-critical turn to the textual surface, Jason Baskin's talk approaches surface as a privileged site to engage the possibilities of critique at a contemporary moment when culture no longer enjoys any distance from economic production. Examining Lisa Robertson's book of essays on Vancouver, Occasional Works and Seven Walks from The Office for Soft Architecture (2003), Baskin ventures that the specific dynamics of contemporary urbanization have catalyzed not only a depthless postmodernism, but also a complex modernist phenomenology of surface capable of uncovering the city's uneven contours. Robertson's "soft architecture" offers the possibility of a social critique that, attuned to capitalism's immanent contradictions, depends not on distance but proximity and entanglement. 

Location

DLT3,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NY
United Kingdom
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Contact: Robbie Richardson
E: R.Richardson@kent.ac.uk
School of English

 

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