Andreas Spiegl


Lecture | Monday 15.04.2013 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lecture Series: Parallax Views on Architecture

The rehousing of »architecture unhoused«

Recent politics of space have led to a notion of space beyond the dialectics of inside and outside. Architecturally turned into one another the paradigmatic motif of that relation between inside and outside, the house, seemed to have gone. Leaving a house dissolved into a blurred perspective of contradicting views. Seemingly the spatial opposition of inside and outside turned into a parallel notion of in and out. The outside is not behind the inside anymore but next to it, maybe identical. The house that has been architecturally »unhoused«, appears to come back on the basis of a discourse on sustainability, another version of functionalism. The so called research on the conditions of architecture seems to search for the house again, to rehouse mechanisms of in and out, of inclusion and exclusion, based on the ancient »oikos« and its derived economy. Interestingly the inside tends to incorporate everything into the economical house and to create an outside, an uneconomical rest, a building of emptiness. Uncannily empty, an unhomely home, where the Social Media and virtual spaces moved in.

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Andreas Spiegl


Lecture | Monday 15.04.2013 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lectureseries: Parallax Views on Architecture

Andreas Spiegl is lecturer on Media Studies at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. His work focuses on the interface of arts, urban studies, media studies and psychoanalysis. He is member of the Office of Cognitive Urbanism (founded together with Christian Teckert in 1999) and published with it »Prospekt« (2003) and »Last Minute« (2006). He published numerous texts on contemporary arts and art and media theories.     

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Andreas Spiegl


Lecture | Monday 15.04.2013 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lectureseries: Parallax Views on Architecture

Parallax is the displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object caused by a new line of sight. We all use this difference to gain depth perception. Astronomers use it to define the distance and outline of far away objects. Meanwhile Slavoj Zizek argues that the parallax gap causes not only an “epistemological” shift in the subject's point of view, but always reflects an “ontological” shift in the object itself, as subject and object are inherently mediated.

In seeking the oscillation between focus and productive indeterminacy, this year’s lecture series at the Institute of Art and Architecture examines the production of space from multiple points of view. And as nearby objects have a larger parallax than distant ones, we invite artists and researchers working in our immediate proximity–artists and researchers within the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna–who look at the subject of architecture and urbanism implicitly or explicitly in their work. As a result the lecture series will offer an array of alternate positions coexisting within the Academy and create a platform for transdisciplinary discussions at the intersection between art and architecture.  (Stefan Gruber)