Space and Culture
“Space and Culture” is a series of public conversations between architect Peter Lynch (faculty at KTH) and artist Madeleine Hatz, held at different venues throughout Stockholm. In their dialogues they examine painting, sculpture, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy, and literature as spatial situations. On Oct 14, 15, & 16, three ”Space and Culture” conversations will be hosted by the Dome of Visions. Each one-hour conversation, starting at 17:00, is followed by a half-hour intermission/mingling, and concludes with a half-hour discussion with the audience.
Cultural works like painting, music, and architecture manifest spaces optically, acoustically, physically, and in other explicit ways. Lynch and Hatz go beyond this literal understanding of spatiality to focus on phenomenological space, the actually-lived experience of space that arises in the production of a cultural work and its reception by a viewer-listener. Hatz and Lynch extend the notion of “cultural practice” beyond the arts to include everyday activities, both domestic and public.
Wednesday, October 14: Intimate Immensity
Across many cultures the dome is understood as a representation of the universe, the all-encompassing sky-vault. Like other cosmogonic constructions—mandalas, universal systems, mythologies—the dome is an attempt to model infinity and immensity. It is also possible, paradoxically, to experience vastness in the opposite way: by contemplating the intimate and tiny. In a one-hour conversation, artist Madeleine Hatz and architect Peter Lynch discuss the experience of “intimate immensity” in works of art and everyday life. Building upon the writings of philosophers Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard, they reflect upon “miniatures” of diverse artists, composers, and poets, including Mir Sayyid Ali, Bela Bartok, W.C. Williams, and Basho. Within tight boundaries, each of their miniature works embodies a universe.
Thursday, October 15: Entering through the Breach
Here is how Tomas Tranströmer begins his 1978 prose poem “The Clearing”: “In the middle of the forest there’s an unexpected clearing that can only be found by those who have gotten lost.” In conversation, architect Peter Lynch and artist Madeleine Hatz talk about how “getting lost” may be the only way in. Painting at times begins by creating a situation the maker cannot master or control. This is achieved through “necessary recklessness” or, conversely, through an overdetermined method. The “way in” to the work process—the trail the maker seeks—is marked by the thing she or he knows least: the part of a work-in-progress that is weakest and most flawed. This is what Matisse calls “entering through the breach.” It’s the reason that painter Philip Guston completely scraped away works-in-progress that he felt were too predictably resolved. Getting lost and finding a clearing are spatial situations. Hatz and Lynch believe that makers experience the creative process spatially, in this way, and give examples from painting, music, poetry, and even chess. In every case the work is built up from its weakest link.
Friday October 16: Public Space and Activism
Drawing upon the writings of philosopher Michel De Certeau and playwright Antonin Artaud, artist Madeleine Hatz and architect Peter Lynch offer a view of the contemporary artist’s public role in engaging “spaces”—dynamic situations that arise within the city— to bring repressed histories to the surface. They discuss Hatz’ own performance works in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
Peter Lynch, currently on the architecture faculty at KTH Stockholm, has taught at numerous US architecture schools, including Harvard, RISD, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he headed the program from 1996-2005; has led urban design workshops in Spain, South Korea, Japan, and Argentina; and has lectured on architecture, urbanism, sustainable development, bamboo, music composition, literature, Chinese gardens, and the creative process: seewww.lynchandsong.com.
Madeleine Hatz, painter and performance artist, has taught and lectured in the Netherlands (Frank Mohr Institute) and the US (Penn State University). She has shown her paintings extensively since the 1980’s, and her performances/street actions have taken place, in recent years, in Beijing, New York, and Stockholm. See www.madeleinehatz.com. The two have collaborated on spiritual guerrilla artworks in Beijing and Hong Kong. This spring semester they taught a 15-part seminar on Space and Culture to graduate students at Penn State University in the US.
14 - 16 oktober
00:00 - 00:00