L´AFRICA E´VICINA | FEBRUARY 17, 2012
A talk by Peter Lang on the Italian Avant Garde fom the 60s and 70s with the screening of original material from Superstudio, Archizoom, 9999 Space Electronic, Joe Colombo, … and many more. We start at 20.00 PM at LIGA’s Penthouse. The talk will be in English.
Peter Lang holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Syracuse University (1980) and a Ph.D. in history and urban studies from NYU (2000). A Fulbright Fellow, Lang is Associate Professor with the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station. From the Fall of 2001 to the Spring of 2009 he served as permanent Texas A&M faculty at the Santa Chiara Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. He writes on the history and theory of post-war Italian architecture, with a focus on Italian experimental design from the sixties. He is co-autor of the book ‘Superstudio, Life without objects’. Lang co-curated ‘Environments and Counter Environments: Experimental Media in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972’. The exhibition was held at Buell Hall at Columbia in 2009. The exhibit traveled later to the Swiss Museum of Architecture (SAM) in Basel, the Design HUB in Barcelona and the Swedish Architecture Museum (AM). A follow-up Symposium, titled “Curating and Counter Curating” was organized by the AM in September bringing a number of prominent international curators, protagonists and artists together to discuss the future of curating contemporary architecture and design.
Lang also curated the “Pop Out Show,” exhibited at the Hyunnart studio, Rome featuring the work of the young architecture collaborative 2A+P/A which opened in April 2010. The accompanying curatorial essay was reprinted in Abitare (July 2010). He also directed, on October 15, the talkshow event “Matrixville” part of the Matrix-City video festival sponsored by IMPAKT, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 2008 Lang was invited to be a moderator and editor for Archiphoenix: Future Faculties for Architecture at the Dutch Pavilion, at the 11th edition of the Exhibition on Architecture at Venice Biennial curated by Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Stealth. Lang is currently writing: “Minor Utopias,”a multi-media reflection on a number of short lived and erratic post-war utopian communities.