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Whither Installation

Whither Installation The Ends of Small-Scale
Architectural Work Today
January 20-21, 2012
Auditorium, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

This symposium, organized by the Architecture Program of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan is intended both as a survey and interrogation of the variety of scopes (historical, theoretical, discursive, and institutional) by which "installation" as a genre of work has been formulated over the last decade, and brings together a group of makers, teachers and thinkers whose work speaks of the relation of architectural production to the idea of the installation today. The hypothesis being tested is that installations have emerged, or have perhaps re-emerged, as the conceptual framework by which the discipline of architecture imagines itself. In the midst of the increasing institutionalization of the installation as a form of polemic, pedagogy, and practice, the question is, for a format that privileges means, what are the ends?


This panel will examine the recent history of the installation project in relation to transformations within the economic, institutional and disciplinary contexts in which such work is realized.


This panel aims to interrogate the role of installations in the academic setting as a tool for learning, construction, and challenging the character of practice and its alteration to the understanding of pedagogy. Acknowledging and embracing that there are aspects of architecture that cannot be fully expressed, explored, or known when left on paper, installations as a tool within an academic setting alter the provided constraints, and in turn the resultants, from that which is simply left on the boards in the design studio.


The aspiration for this panel is to consider how the genre of installation offers architectural practice a means to engage questions of particular specificity with respect to the diversity that architecture is able to examine. A question then is, how, in the face of so much, is architecture precise with the methods of its engagement with its discipline, of architecture, as well as personal discipline of the architect?

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Friday, January 20, 2012

6:00 PM
Taubman College Auditorium
Keynote: Research Through Making Presentations
Introduction: Dean Monica Ponce de Leon

  • Glass Cast, Catie Newell and Wes McGee
  • Ruralopolitan Maneuvers / HOUSE 50, Mary-Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian
  • Dirty Work, Neal Robinson
  • Morphfaux... recovering plaster as architectural substrate, Steven Mankouche, Joshua Bard, Matthew Schulte
  • Resonant Chamber, Geoffrey Thün, Wes McGee, and Kathy Velikov
Following the presentations, join us for the Research Through Making exhibition opening reception at Taubman College Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Whither Installation" Symposium
Taubman College Auditorium

  8:00 AM Breakfast opening reception for faculty installation exhibition at Taubman College Gallery
John McMorrough, "Whither Installation"
Henry Urbach, Curator
Anne Rieselbach, The Architectural League of New York
Moderator: John McMorrough, University of Michigan
11:00 AM Pedagogy
Kristy Balliet, The Ohio State University
Chris Romano, University of Buffalo
Eric Nulman, University of Southern California
Moderator: Catie Newell, University of Michigan
1:30 PM Practice
Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio
Nick Gelpi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular
Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini
Monica Ponce de Leon, University of Michigan
Moderator: Ben Smith, University of Michigan