Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Radio Silence and Crossed Lines

You will notice that this site has been, er, quiet of late. Although I have plenty of ideas to write about, let me tell you what I've been doing. For the past couple of months, I've been chasing down obscure references, translating copious (and mind-numbing) quotes from French and German, and closely reading drawings of forgotten buildings. And writing. Lots of it.

In other words, I've been studying for my Ph.D General Exam. Let's just say that in a couple of weeks, you will see an exponential increase in postings to a456.

But before I tell you what's in store for this website, I wanted to call your attention to several events worth putting on your calendar:

1) The Architectural League of New York, in collaboration with Mark Shepard will be unveiling their brand new exhibit, Toward the Sentient City, "An exhibition critically exploring the evolving relationship ubiquitous computing, architecture and urban space." The exhibit runs from September 17 to November 7, 2009.

2) Those of you who keep up with the offbeat world of architecture blogging will be interested in the release party celebrating the publication of Geoff Manaugh's BLDGBLOG Book. The event will be held at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York on September 26, 2009 from 3pm-8pm (be sure and check out the lineup ... some interesting folks will be showing up).

3) Via Edwin Gardner comes news of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, to be held from October 29 to November 1, 2009. Be sure and spend some time on their website, which offers a very nice database of architecturally-minded films. For more information about the location and venue, look here.

4) And still more news on the architecture and film circuit ... Kyle Bergman presents the Architecture and Design Film Festival, to be in Mad River Valley, Vermont from September 24-27, 2009. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont.

The last two events are of interest to this site, of course. Readers will remember that many of my posts deal with film. For a quick listing of links from a456 that have a decidedly filmic orientation, see here.

In the upcoming weeks, as my exam preparation winds down, look forward to posts on Godard's 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967), Larisa Shepitko's Wings (1966) and Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987).

And in publication news, looks like I will be contributing a piece to Stuttgart's Junk Jet, the "flux-us-flux-you" issue. I have something in the works for this publication, and let's just say that it involves Dario Argento.

1 comment:

Charles said...

Interesting article. It really makes you think about that stuff.