Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough at CUNY


Alison Knowles, The House of Dust. Image courtesy Alison Knowles and James Fuentes, NY, via http://www.centerforthehumanities.org/james-gallery.

On October 13, Associate Professor Tom McDonough will take part in a panel discussion on utopian architecture titled Tomorrow, Life Will be Housed in Poetry, along with Anthony Vidler and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, at the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York. The discussion is being held in conjunction with the exhibition The House of Dust by Alison Knowles, which explores Knowles’s computerized poem of 1967.

About the event: Is an algorithm an author? Looking back at the algorithmic underpinnings of the poem The House of Dust insists on a reassessment of mathematics, technology, and calculation in art and architecture. The evening’s conversation of utopias, urban mapping, and calculation will examine an array of interpretations by artists and architects of Modernist ideals of mathematical rules which were promoted by Le Corbusier and others, the use of cybernetics and on the other hand, the critique of functionalism and standardization in the 1960’s. This event is organized by Maud Jacquin and Sebastien Pluot.

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