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Eric Ellingsen: Species of Space

Thursday, January 29, 5:30 pmSunday, November 29, 6:30 pm
Columbus Auditorium
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 203
Chicago, IL
United States

"Twisted" is a philosophy of thinking actions. A slow down philosophy. A not philosophy. A way of being. The lecture will not really be a lecture. It will be a small performance of turning things around while talking about constraints and techniques. We will talk about twisted systems, like rope, like public space, ecologies of perception, education, language, typologies of self-stabilizing things, of forms which structure and strengthen themselves by moving in opposite directions. A less elusive schizophrenia. We will make small perceptional experiments together. We will read some poems. We may just go until there is no one left to leave.

Eric Ellingsen opened Species of Space (SOS) in 2009. SOS practices a genre of what John McPhee calls "other." Species art is other. Exhibitions other. Other books. Other poetry phantom words. Other architectures. Landscape architecture’s other. Ellingsen is currently teaching other things at Cornell University in the architecture department, getting other departments involved. From 2009–14 Ellingsen co-directed and taught other things in the Institute for Spatial Experiments (University of the Arts, Berlin), an art education experiment for learning how to learn, started by Olafur Eliasson. Ellingsen has taught at Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Toronto.

This lecture was made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship.

All lectures and events are free and open to the public.