MADA Artforum: John Macarthur
Join us for a talk by Professor John Macarthur: “The Banality of 240cm”
The Swiss Pavilion at the upcoming Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018 is an installation by Li Tavor, Alessandro Bosshard and Matthew van der Ploeg which addresses the topic of housing, but not as it is usually presented. Rather they build segments of typical apartments inside the Swiss Pavilion at a variety of scales. This experiential analysis of scale focuses on the ubiquity of the 2.4 metre floor to ceiling dimension in the domestic interior. The architects are also concerned with object character that apartments acquire through this repetition and their likeness to aspects of minimalist sculpture. In an essay commissioned for the catalogue John Macarthur considers the work around the valencies of the term ‘banal’. In this seminar Macarthur will describe the work and read from the essay. If time allows he will discuss a current wider project on architectural pavilions and the shifting relations of architecture and art.
John Macarthur FAHA, is Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland where he teaches history, theory and design. He was the founding Director of the ATCH (architecture, theory, criticism and history) Research Centre. His research on the intellectual history of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework of the relation of architecture and the visual arts from the Picturesque to the present.