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"Medium Design" Keller Easterling

Date/Time: 11 March 2020, 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: King Edward V11 Building Lecture Theatre 2.01 Newcastle University (Fine Art LT)

Public lecture by Keller Easterling who is an architect, writer and Professor at Yale University and will give a lecture on 11th March 2020 titled "Medium Design".  

While the world may favor declarations and right answers, medium design manages the potentials and relationships between objects—the activity or disposition immanent in their organization. It is something like preparing the growth medium, the rules of the game or the operating system that links and activates the components of an organization. Just as medium thinking inverts the typical focus on object over field, it may also be used to invert some habitual approaches to problem solving, aesthetics and politics. 

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. A recently published e-book essay titled Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2018) previews a forthcoming book of the same title. Medium Design inverts an emphasis on object and figure to prompt innovative thought about both spatial and non-spatial problems.

Easterling is a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Architecture and Design. Her MANY project, an online platform facilitating migration through an exchange of needs, was exhibited at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Her research and writing on the floor comprised one of the elements in Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale.

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