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College of Design Presents

Architecture as Catalyst | Richard Merritt

3/8/17, 6:00 PM

About this event

With the theme of difference, Architecture as Catalyst 2017 invites new fictions of space, material, sensation, culture and reality by way of reflecting upon agile points/spheres of relative comparison while observing those differences which make a difference. We hope you can join us!

We have all been astonished by architecture but perhaps we can look to a craft that is especially engineered to engender the experience of wonder and astonishment : performance magic. This lecture deconstructs the principles of Magic and Misdirection and asks the audience to explore how the core of magic might be used to functionally re-examine how we look at space.

Richard is a trans-disciplinary artist whose work sits at the crossroads of aesthetic object, social practice arts, and scholarship. He has exhibited, published, and presented his research in a wide variety of disciplines, most recently at Oxford University, U.K. and Kyoto, Japan. His scholarly work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Leonardo Journal of Arts and Sciences of the MIT Press, as well as the proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Merritt has always been intrigued by how art can sit at the intersection of a lot of different subjects. “As an artist, I recently started to think of myself as transdisciplinary—working across a number of disciplines and with a number of scholars whose primary discipline may be different or even divergent from my own.”

Register here: z.umn.edu/catalyst2017
Event Location
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  • 89 Church St SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA