Talking Trash

School of the Art Institute to host discussion series on architecture’s afterlife

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School of the Art Institute to host discussion series on architecture's afterlife. Seen here: The Chicago Stock Exchange as it is dismantled in the early 1970s.  (AIADO/SAIC)
School of the Art Institute to host discussion series on architecture's afterlife. Seen here: The Chicago Stock Exchange as it is dismantled in the early 1970s. (AIADO/SAIC)

As part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Spring 2017 Mitchell Lecture Series, the school’s Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design Objects (AIADO) Visiting Artist will moderate discussions about the afterlife of architecture. Entitled “Trash Talks,” the panel discussions will take place on Thursday, April 4th and Saturday, April 8th.

The first panel entitled, “Trash Talks: Re:Industrial City, will be moderated by FT Visiting Artist in architecture/interior architecture Eric Rothfeder. Participants will include Dora Apel, Clare Lyster, and Brian Rosa. “Re:Industrial City” will explore the post-industrial city through strategies of preservation and demolition. The discussion will address the effect of imagery of industrial ruins on our relationship to the post-industrial city, and the potentials of new modes of urbanism.

Portions of the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading room were reconstructed inside of the Art Instituted of Chicago using pieces from the original structure. (Photo Richard Nickel/AIADO/SAIC)

Portions of the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room (Seen here during demolition) were reconstructed inside of the Art Institute of Chicago using pieces from the original structure. (Photo Richard Nickel/AIADO/SAIC)

The second panel will be moderated by FT Visiting Artist in architecture/interior architecture Ang Li and will include Andrew Balster, Dennis Maher, Thom Moran, Eric Nordstrom, David Schalliol, Anne Sullivan, and Chicago artist/architect Amanda Williams. The discussion, “Trash Talks: The Afterlives of Buildings,” will be an open conversation among artists, designers, and thinkers hoping to find a more optimistic dialog concerning the architectural refuse. Participants will share their thoughts through built and unbuilt works, ranging “from second-hand salvage economies to the political agency of ruins.”

Trash Talks: Re:Industrial City will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017  from 4:15pm to 5:45pm in the SAIC Ballroom at 112 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL. Trash Talks: The Afterlives of Buildings will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the LeRoy Neiman Center at 37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL.

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