February 20, 2011 – 6pm


February 20, 2011 – 6pm

Unsolicited Architecture by Bjarke Engels
Bjarke Ingels accounts for architectural practice BIG’s explorations of urban pro-action. see video…

Unpacking the Hoodie by Anthony Graves
What do E.T., St. Francis, Rocky Balboa, Jeru the Damaja, and your dad all have in common? They all wore that mantle of cozy privacy, the hoodie. Anthony Graves speculates on the various lives of this ubiquitous article, from ritual to function and back again, through a series of what good art historians call false homologies (the Djellaba, the Goggle Jacket), with a detour into tactical political attire, and we may just get to some semblance of truth under all of that double-knit cotton. see video…

A Short Walk Through Chromatic Garden of Graph Theory by Neil Freeman
Although pigeon-holed as mere computation, Mathematics is actually the study of patterns and the complicated implications of simple rules. Graphs are examples of the basic patterns that mathematicians study. They’re easy to understand, beautiful, and all around us. No, not charts with x- and y-axes, but diagrams with points connected by lines. Subway maps, flow charts, wiring diagrams, and organizational charts are all graphs. Even a map, like the map of the United States, is a graph. Graph Theory is the study of these utterly basic and devilishly complicated creatures. Neil Freeman’s lecture will cover some basic concepts in Graph Theory, and will especially cover its application to coloring in maps, which produces the astoundingly powerful Four-Color Rule, one of the greatest results in twentieth-century Mathematics. Although this is a lecture on math, no multiplication or division required (OK, there might be a little, but not with numbers bigger than four). see video…

Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect.

Anthony Graves is a visual artist and occasional writer living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a founding member the Camel Collective, and founding janitor of c_m_l.org, an online archive of art and social practice. When not applying for grants, he spends his time erasing newspapers.

Neil Freeman is an urban planner and artist whose work focuses on cities and maps. He studied art and math at Oberlin College, and planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He lives in Brooklyn.