GONÇALO FURTADO's LECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON
ORGANIZED BY "TESLA-ART AND SCIENCE RESEARCH INTEREST GROUP"
Garwood Lecture Theatre, South Wing. University College of London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6 BT.
Wednesday, 11th of March, 5.00 to 6.00 pm
"Some Links between Infinite Scales and Primary Archival Research on Pask and Price.
Abstract: Art, Design and Architecture have all been affected and influenced by computer science and related fields, and this fact can act as the inspiration for a mutant generative environment. In this lecture, I will argue that the contemporary condition suggests the need for a dialogue between the infinitely large and small. The minute scale of the body-technology-space interface has become a critical question, and, on a larger scale, the dynamics of self-organizing systems has come to dominate our understanding of the meta-environment of the future. I will also provide a brief history of exchanges between architecture and the fields of computation and cybernetics, based on my books and primary archival research on the British mavericks Gordon Pask and Cedric Price".
Gonçalo Furtado is Professor Aux. of Architecture. He has written several books, including "Notes on the Space of Digital Technique" (2002), "Marcos Cruz: Unpredictable Flesh" (2004), "The Construction of the Critical Project" (2005), and the compilation "Architecture: Machine and Body" (with R.Braz, 2006). He has given lectures in the UK, USA, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, Mexico, Poland and Germany. His PhD Dissertation provided a history of exchanges between architecture and the fields of cybernetics, systems research and computation. In particular, it focuses on the encounters of British professionals such as Gordon Pask and Cedric Price, and provides a complete account of the outstanding Generator and Japan Net projects. Furtado's paper "Gordon Pask: Exchanges between Cybernetics and Architecture and the Envisioning of the 'Informational Environment'", won "The Kybernetes Research Awards-Highly Commended Paper" at the last World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics’ International Colloquium.