The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Michael Chapman :: Architecture and Dysfunction

  • Thursday 15th February 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

This lecture will look at intersections between Michael Chapman’s research, architectural drawing and built projects across 15 years of creative practice. In this time, his work has looked to address relationships between architecture and philosophy/psychology, with a particular emphasis on architectural drawing and the legacy of surrealism. He will present a series of built and hypothetical projects that have been distilled from conceptual ideas and explore architecture as a way of engaging with the world, as a mode of both communication and survival.

Michael Chapman is Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle in Australia and the director of the architectural practice hrmphrdt. His research has focussed on the relationship between architecture and surrealism, with an emphasis on the way that architectural theory engages with the larger frameworks of economics, philosophy, architecture and communication. His creative work includes numerous built works, architectural drawing and collaborative art installations. His creative practice has been widely exhibited, including at the Venice Biennale, Federation Square in Melbourne, the Museum of Melbourne and the State Library of NSW in Sydney. Together with Michael Ostwald and Chris Tucker, he is the author of ‘Residue: Architecture as a Condition of Loss’, published by RMIT Press in 2007.

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