October 22nd, 2013
Graham Harman, AUC Distinguished University Professor, gave the opening lecture of the academic year at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles on September 18, 2013.
The title of Graham’s lecture was “Strange Objects contra Parametricism.” He began by defending his own model of objects as an unpresentable and mysterious surplus beyond their relations with humans or anything else, and sketched the historical precedents for this idea from Aristotle through the late twentieth century.
The idea of strange objects was then used to criticize various features of the prominent German architect Patrik Schumacher’s concept of “parametricism,” which is treated in Schumacher’s practice as well as his writings as the emerging dominant paradigm in contemporary architecture.
Inspired by the sociologist Niklas Luhmann, Schumacher holds that both philosophy and architecture are primarily concerned with systems of communication. Yet his conception of buildings as continuously differentiated fields is rendered philosophically suspect by his own admission that parametricism has a hard time dealing with doors, windows, and other architectural entities that tend to break up continuous flow. Graham’s lecture closed with the counter-proposal that architecture, like philosophy, should be conceived instead as dealing with the non-relational and the non-communicational: with the exploration and production of hermetically sealed spaces rather than with publicly legible communications.
Video of the lecture can be found HERE
Graham will be involved in other dialogues with architects and designers during the current academic year at Syracuse University, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Toronto, and McGill University.
June 26th, 2013
Graham Harman, Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration, has published an article entitled “An Outline of Object-Oriented Philosophy” in the journal Science Progress, 96 (2), pp. 187-199.
June 26th, 2013
Graham Harman, Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration, will lecture at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland from August 19-22, 2013.
According to the EGS website, “The European Graduate School offers a uniquely dynamic academic setting that allows a creative encounter with the foremost representatives and thinkers of expressive arts (coaching, consulting, education, social change, and therapy) and media and communication (architecture, art, contemporary philosophy, cultural studies, film, literary theory, literature, media studies, performance art, photography, and video). The comprehensive programs are distinguished by the cordial interaction of eminent faculty members with students who are the best of their generation.”
June 13th, 2013
Graham Harman, Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration, has just published an article entitled “The Revenge of the Surface: Heidegger, McLuhan, Greenberg” in the Scandinavian arts journal Paletten. The article is Graham’s own English translation of his German Vilém Flusser lecture given on April 8, 2013 at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, under the title “Heidegger und McLuhan– Eine imaginäre Begegnung” (“Heidegger and McLuhan– An Imaginary Encounter”).
June 5th, 2013
Graham Harman, Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration, has published an article entitled “The Current State of Speculative Realism” in Speculations IV (2013), pp. 22-28. The article can be read by clicking HERE.
May 22nd, 2013
Graham Harman, Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration, participates in an exchange with the French philosopher Tristan Garcia in issue 16 of the journal parrhesia (2013). Garcia’s article “Crossing Ways of Thinking: On Graham Harman’s System and My Own” is followed by Graham’s response “Tristan Garcia and the Thing-In-Itself.”
The exchange can be found HERE.
May 20th, 2013
May 4th, 2013
Graham Harman, Associate Provost for Research Administration and Professor of Philosophy, will give the keynote address (“A Speculative Reality”) at a conference entitled “The Real World: Concepts and Languages of Contemporary Realism,” to be held at the International Summer Festival at Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany, on August 8-9, 2013.
April 18th, 2013
Graham Harman’s recent book Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy is discussed by A.C. Lee in the April 17 edition of the New York Times. Click HERE to read Lee’s comments.
Graham is Associate Provost for Research Administration and Professor of Philosophy.
April 9th, 2013
Graham Harman, Associate Provost for Research Administration and Professor of Philosophy, recently gave the following invited lectures and presentations in Europe:
• “Marcel Zuijderland Interviews Graham Harman,” Felix and Sofie Café. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. April 4, 2013.
• “On Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Philosophy (a debate with Emmanuel Rutten, moderated by Marcel Zuijderland),” Felix and Sofie Café. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. April 4, 2013.
• “A Dialogue Between Graham Harman and Tristan Garcia (moderated by Rik Peters),” Drift Festival, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
• “Heidegger und McLuhan – Eine imaginäre Begegnung,” International Vilém Flusser Lecture, Universität der Künste. Berlin, Germany. April 8, 2013.
The image below is the poster for the Berlin lecture (designed by Anita Ackermann).