e-flux lectures: “The Infrastructure as Symptom,” Keller Easterling and Pelin Tan

e-flux lectures: “The Infrastructure as Symptom,” Keller Easterling and Pelin Tan

e-flux lectures: “The Infrastructure as Symptom,” Keller Easterling and Pelin Tan
March 7, 2018, 7pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002

“We see this as an effort to embank in lines of humans, ridges of ancestors, forces of pumping and tunneling. At the straining, extimate interface, new forms are coming. The question is what efforts and energies are directed toward which regions of our entangled existence.”
—Elizabeth A. Povinelli, “Acts of Life,” Artforum, Summer 2017

Through case studies from the Southeast borderlines of Turkey to the Pearl River Delta in China, Pelin Tan and Keller Easterling discuss how to approach infrastructure spaces and their territorial affects.

Pelin Tan is a sociologist and associate professor of contemporary architecture and art. She has taught at the Faculty of Architecture, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin (2013–2017) and at PolyU School of Design, Hong Kong (2016), and was a research fellow at ACT, MIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning; The Japan Foundation; DAAD; Hong Kong Design Trust; and CAA Kitakyushu. She is currently a fellow at bakonline.org, and a lead author of the  International Panel on Social Progress (ipsp.org). Tan is co-editor of Autonomous Archiving (dpr-barcelona, 2016), and has contributed to a number of publications on architecture, urbanism, and art, most recently the essays “The Matter of Scale” in Superhumanity (e-flux architecture-University of Minnesota Press, 2018); “Crosscutting Spatial Ontologies” in Positions on Emancipation: Architecture between Aesthetics and Politics (Lars Müller, 2018); and “Transversal Materialism” in 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (Columbia University Press, 2015).

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. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Her other books include Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999).  Her research and writing was included in the 2014 Venice Biennale, and will be included in the 2018 Biennale. She lectures and exhibits internationally.

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Land & territory

Keller Easterling is a writer, designer, and professor at Yale University.

Pelin Tan is a Turkish art historian and sociologist based in Turkey. She is a researcher and writer working on methodology and in the fields of critical spatial practices, alternative pedagogies, and the commons. Currently, she is a professor and head of the film department at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Batman University, a senior research fellow at the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston, and a research fellow at the Architecture Faculty, University of Thessaly.

She was a postdoc fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011), DAAD Art History, Humboldt University of Berlin (2006), The Japan Foundation (2011), and Hong Kong Design Trust (2016). Tan is the lead author of the report “Urban Society” by ipsp (Cambridge Univ.Press 2018) and has contributed to several publications, including Climates: Architecture and The Planetary Imaginary (Columbia University, 2017), Refugee Heritage (Art & Theory, 2021), Radical Pedagogies (MIT Press, 2022), Autonomous Archiving (dpr, 2017), The Silent University: Toward-Transversal Pedagogy (Sternberg Press, 2016), Designing Modernity: Architecure in the Arab World (Jovis, 2021), and From Public to Commons (Routledge, 2023).

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