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Beatriz Colomina - The City of Social Media

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NOV 2017
Why the talk is inspiring?

This lecture explores social media as a new form of urbanization, the architecture of how we live together. Social media has constructed a new kind of virtual city that has taken over many of the functions of the traditional city. It also redefines and restructures physical space. We now inhabit a kind of hybrid space between virtual and real. As with the arrival of mass media in the early 20th century, social media redraws again what is public and what is private, what is inside and what is outside. It even redefines and restructures physical space, the architecture of houses and cities.


The talk will take take place on November 24th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

Beatriz Colomina
How the speaker is exceptional?

Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture and media. She is a professor of History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. Ms. Colomina has taught in the School since 1988, and is the Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, a graduate program that promotes the interdisciplinary study of forms of culture that came to prominence during the last century and looks at the interplay between culture and technology. In 2006-2007 she curated, with a group of Princeton Ph.D. students, the exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X”.

Her books include Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994), awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects; Sexuality and Space (editor, 1992), awarded the 1993 AIA International Book Award

Jonathan Crary
24/7: Late Capitalism and the End of Sleep, 2013
Why the book is worth reading?

24/7 is a book about time, about the new regime in which the differences between night and day, sleep and being awake have been steadily eroded since the 19th century. In the mode of a storyteller Crary starts with the white crown sparrow, a bird that flies for up to seven days without sleep when migrating, and the USA military desperate attempts to learn their secret in order to engineer the sleepless soldier. Almost immediately this exotic story is related to everyday behaviors and the fact that with every decade we are sleeping less and all the various technologies that sustain a 24/7 mode of living. It is a relentless story, unnerving, pessimistic view of our world, but equally it forces us to rethink architecture.

Lithuanian Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Lithuania