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Thursday Night Live! The Human Insect by Mark Wigley

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Architecture theorist Mark Wigley unearths the far-reaching fusion of technology and the human being in the context of the exhibition ‘The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017’, which he curated. The exhibition, which will open on 1 March 2018 in Het Nieuwe Instituut, is the result of the 10th Premsela lecture on ‘The Architecture of Radio’, which Wigley gave in November 2014.

In his lecture – and in the exhibition – Wigley links insects, which have antennae with which they negotiate the world and each other, to modern man who since the invention of the radio antenna at the end of the nineteenth century have actually become insects themselves. We humans now have feelers that are an integral part of our body and brain – something that, according to Wigley, we have yet to fully come to terms with.

Antennas are in the smartphones in every pocket, they are in every room, building, street, vehicle, fish, bird, drone and product in the supermarket. We are now permanently swimming in a completely interconnected ecology of antennas from the depths of our intestinal tracts to interstellar space. And what has happened to architecture?

Antennas destabilize architecture. They redesign it. Figuratively speaking an antenna can dwarf any building to which it is attached, providing levels of communication and shelter far beyond the architect’s most ambitious imagination. On the other hand, an antenna can supercharge the most modest building. A humble shed can be launched into interplanetary exchanges with the addition of a thin wire connecting the building to an invisible world of signals.

This lecture explores the last 130 years of antenna architecture, in which architects refused to yield and engaged with this thinnest, least visible part of a building that actually has the greatest effect on architecture – the disobedient architecture behind the architecture.

Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley is a professor of architecture and dean emeritus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. As a historian and theorist he explores the intersection of architecture, art, philosophy, culture and technology. In 2016 he co-curated the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial with Beatriz Colomina who is also the co-author of his most recent book Are We Human? – Notes on an Archaeology of Design (Zurich: Lars Müller, 2016). His previous publications include Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction; Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire and Buckminster Fuller Inc. – Architecture in the Age of Radio. His forthcoming book, Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Zurich: Lars Müller, 2018) will be out in March 2018.

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Before the Thursday Night you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7,50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link or at the bar this evening.

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