LICA Research Seminar: Barry Curtis on Imagining Architecture

Date:4 May 2010
Time:4.00 pm

Imaginary Architecture: Living in the Future, Reconstructing the Past

Barry Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Visual Culture at Middlesex University, where he was Head of School of Visual Culture and Director of Research. He is currently a Fellow of the London Consortium, where he teaches a programme on the Baroque, and a Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. He has written on architecture, film and cultural history. His most recent publication is 'Dark Places: The Haunted House in Film' Reaktion 2009.

During the seminar Barrywill be showing images and thinking about the issues involved in writing a book on unbuilt buildings. This presentation is about investigating the current literature on unbuilt architecture and looking at relevant theories that relate toarchitecture as metaphor and fantasy. It will consider the immaterial elements of structures - the phenomenon of 'paper architecture', utopian anddystopian manifestations in history and fiction.Barry will be using the session to think through the implications ofwriting a book on this theme, relating the ideas to specific images from a range of sources.

Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK