Date de l'événement
lun 02 Mai 2016 - 15:00
Laboratoire de Recherche hortence
ULB Campus Flagey local Be.a.1.7
Rue du Belvédère,21
1050 Bruxelles

John Macarthur

Ugliness, Post-modernism and the anti-aesthetic, with some thoughts on recent Melbourne architecture

Dans le cadre du séminaire méthologique “théorie” (BA3) et du laboratoire de recherche Hortence, nous avons l’honneur d’accueillir, lundi 2 mai à 15h dans le local Be 1.7 JOHN MACARTHUR, Full Professor at the University of Queensland. Le titre de son intervention est Ugliness, Post-modernism and the anti-aesthetic, with some thoughts on recent Melbourne architecture.“

In a recent essay on Australian architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, Charles Jencks claimed a critical role for ugliness in ‘radical Post-modernism’. In this
paper I will look at some of the work and aesthetic logic of Melbourne practices ARM and Lyons architects. At stake is the concept of an anti-aesthetic, what that meant in historical Post-modernism, and what the return of the epithet ‘ugliness’ means in the current resurgence of a ‘radical’ post-modernism.

John Macarthur is Director of the research centre for Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History (ATCH) at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he also teaches architectural design. He was Dean from 2009 to June 2013. John’s research in history and theory of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework and the history of picturesque aesthetics.

His book The Picturesque: architecture, disgust and other irregularities, was published by Routledge in 2007. John has published over 140 papers including contributions to the journals Assemblage, Transition, Architecture Research Quarterly, Oase and the Journal of Architecture.