Lecture by Mark Wigley
followed by a discussion with Katja Aßmann, José Délano and Christian Hiller
Mark Wigley presents his new book Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation. The book is a detective story that explores the way the architect Gordon Matta-Clark brilliantly subverted the relationship between art and architecture over his just 10 years of work. Wigley investigates the elusive concept of “Anarchitecture” that is associated both with Matta-Clark’s legendary but misunderstood building cuts and with the small gang of artists around him that held a series of meetings in downtown New York that culminated in the Anarchitecture Group show in March 1974 as an anonymous statement in unlabeled photographs. But did it actually happen? The now famous exhibition exists only through oblique archival traces and the conflicting memories of the participants. An unprecedented dossier of unpublished archival evidence is assembled here and subjected to ever deeper forensic analysis—cutting into both the concepts and the building cuts to see what the mysterious, seductive, yet viral word Anarchitecture offers artists and architects today.
Mark Wigley is a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. He is a historian and theorist who explores the intersection of architecture, art, philosophy, culture, and technology. His books include: Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction; White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture; Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire; Buckminster Fuller Inc. - Architecture in the Age of Radio; and Are We Human? - Notes on an Archaeology of Design (written with Beatriz Colomina when they co-curated the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial). He has also curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center and Columbia University in New York, the Witte de With in Rotterdam, and the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal. His most recent exhibition, The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1997–2017 was on show at Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2018. His most recent book is Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Zurich: Lars Müller, 2018).
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