Wed, 30 Aug|
GSA Architecture Week Lecture 2023: Spirals and Loudreaders by WAI Think Tank
Time & Location
30 Aug, 18:30
Johannesburg, 69 Kingsway Avenue
About the event
Spirals and Loudreaders
By narrating a non-linear journey, Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia, now joined by their child Ema Yuizarix address how alternative platforms of action and dissemination allow them to coalesce different collective practices that include designing, teaching, researching, writing, publishing, and organising.
Through the work of different collectives including WAI Think Tank, Garcia Frankowski, Intelligentsia, Post-Novis, and Loudreaders, Garcia and Frankowski highlight the urgency of networks of planetary solidarity while proposing to learn from a radical practice of pedagogy born in the Caribbean at the beginning of the 20th century that sought to challenge colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism.
WAI Architecture Think Tank is a planetary studio practicing by questioning the political, historical, and material legacy and imperatives of architecture and urbanism. Founded by Puerto Rican architect, artist, curator, educator, author, and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, curator, educator, author, and poet Nathalie Frankowski, WAI is one of their several forms of public engagement that include the free and alternative education platform and trade-school Loudreaders and the antidisciplinary collective Post-Novis.
Garcia and Frankowski are Associate Professors at Iowa State University where they are Design for Critical Futures Fellows in Activism and Emancipatory practice respectively, and faculty at the Advanced Architectural Design program at Columbia University in New York City. Their work has been part of exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou Metz, Neues Museum Nuremberg, Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology Lisbon, Museum of Modern Art New York, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.