Aleks Catina: Toward Paestum, forward.
On the problem of irony in architecture

Thursday 23 March 2017, 6.30pm
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
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Aleks Catina: Toward Paestum, forward.

The ironist and existential philosopher Søren Kierkegaard pointed at the paradox that we only can understand our life backward, but are compelled to live it forward. His poetic disposition toward uncertainty is based on the constructive role Kierkegaard assigns to remembering in the development of individual narratives of purposefulness, authenticity and freedom.

On the larger scale of political life such matters are straining under the forces of ideological and aesthetic bias, and subject to a high degree of complexity. Architecture can be investigated as the art of dealing with this paradox. We will aim to remember how sporadic indulgence in uncertainty can be a beneficial act in the face of undesirable solutions.

The talk, delivered by Cass lecturer Aleks Catina, is part of a body of work on the problem of irony in architecture which revisits questions of modern criticality from the Enlightenment to our own age of miscommunication. A publication of writings based on Aleks Catina’s work on the theme will be published by Cours de Poétique later in 2017.

Venue

Aleks Catina: Toward Paestum, forward.
On the problem of irony in architecture
Thursday 23 March 2017, 6.30pm
£   Free

The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Room CE1–19
Central House
59–63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF
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