Architecture + Ecriture
29.6–8.7.2018, Paris College of Art
Architecture & Ecriture celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice. As the literary branch of the Architectural Association Visiting School, we welcome architects as well as writers, curators or artists interested in spatial theory and literature to join us in Paris from 29 June to 8 July 2018 for the production of new written and performative pieces.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the events of May 68 in Paris.
This spring, the city will be reflecting on the student led revolutionary movement which started in Universities and the streets of Paris and eventually took an international political dimension. The movement was supported, if not fuelled by French intellectual and literary circles.
The year running up to the event is incredibly productive: Guy Debord publishes The Society of Spectacle, Michel Foucault talks Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias, Roland Barthes writes his essay “The Death of the Author” for the American Avant-Garde magazine Aspen,* Helene Cixous submits her doctoral thesis on the exile of James Joyce,** Luce Irigaray submits hers on the language of the demented, whilst Derrida publishes three major books: Speech and Phenomena, Writing and Difference and Of Grammatology. The period preludes to the formulation of a new vision, which some say has failed to materialize, yet has retained an undeniable aura and is still very much at the heart of current discussions around systems of commodification, theories of space, the identification of the subject and the role of media in the construction of the image.
Architecture & Ecriture will look back at articles, essays and other short form writings published in the period preceding the events of May 1968 as well as the letter written by Jean-Paul Sartre and other signatories for the newspaper Le Monde published on the 10th May 1968.
We will visit the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which is hosting an exhibition on the Icons of May 68. And most importantly we will ask how writing may be political, still.
We know now that a text is not a line of words releasing a single ‘theological’ meaning (the ‘message of the Author-God) but a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash. The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture. —Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author
We are pleased to announce our new collaboration with Paris College of Art for 2017. PCA is an independent art and design school located in the creative 10th arrondissement in Paris, minutes away from the Gare du Nord and Eurostar terminal. Established in 1986, the school is a vibrant international and interdisciplinary lab, with art studios, photography and printmaking facilities, and a gallery.