September 29, 2014

Fall Semester 2014

Fall Semester
Humberto Torres, Untitled (#2), 2010. Chromogenic print,
5 1/2 x 7 inches. From the series “Near The Blue Ridge.”

Fall Semester has the pleasure of welcoming you to its first iteration of a series in Miami, which will take place over the course of two days, from October 9 to 10.

Fall Semester is an independent initiative for public discussion on contemporary society and culture, aiming to test what can be achieved in the sped-up production of discourse, what can happen when new material is introduced into local discourse—a bomb-drop of new data. Will such a thing have quantifiable effects? Will it be jolting enough to speed up our own desire for a deeper dimension of self-understanding and reflection? Will it, on the contrary, only be another event in which theoretical performance is put to the service of spectacle, showing up the divisions that we face daily? Fall Semester‘s wager is laid down in the space cracked open by these questions.

Having the general scheme of public lectures and a digital platform, Fall Semester invites a group of international theorists and architects to take on topics of urbanization, turning their focus on the very city in which it is happening—Miami—since this city may itself be a model of what the contemporary city is slowly becoming.

Fall Semester has structured its first iteration around four basic thematic lines: The Urban Real; Architectural Weather; Plasticity of the City; and The Urban Unreal.

Guest speakers

Thursday, October 9

“Material Consequences,” 4pm
Nick Gelpi

“North – South Collisions,” 5pm
Jean-François Lejeune

“The Matter of Struggle in Urban Space,” 6pm
Nick Srnicek

“Soft Monumentality,” 7pm
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Open Forum, 8pm

Friday, October 10

“Second Landscape,” 4pm
Grey Read

“City Bodies: Undead or Alive?,” 5pm
Jan Verwoert

“The Stack We Have and The Stack To Come: Designing Sovereignty and the Geopolitics of Computation,” 6pm
Benjamin Bratton

“Where have all the leaders gone?,” 7pm
Michael Hardt

Open Forum, 8pm


Online contributors
Keller Easterling, Jason Dittmer, Léopold Lambert, Matteo Pasquinelli, François Roche, Nathalie Rozencwajg, Leandro Silva Medrano, and Marion von Osten


About Fall Semester
Founded in Miami in summer of 2013 by artists Odalis Valdivieso and Lidija Slavkovic, Fall Semester seeks to bring together a diverse group of theorists, critics, researchers, and interested individuals to engage in multifaceted discourse on contemporary society and culture available across multiple platforms at no cost to participants.

A special thank you to the following sponsors
Miami Dade College Museum of Art + DesignUniversity of WynwoodMiami Design District, Manuel Estrada DesignMaman Fine Art, and The Freehand Miami.


Fall Semester 2014 in Miami

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