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The Critic in the ‘Moment of the Archive’



The Critic in the ‘Moment of the Archive’ is a workshop to be held on November 20, 2019, in Rennes, at the Archives de la critique d’art.
The event is organized by Guillemette Chéneau-Deysine, Rute Figueiredo, the Mapping Architectural Criticism network, the EA1279 Histoire et critique des arts research team and the Archives de la critique d’art, with the support of the Université Bretagne Loire and the Université Rennes 2.
It is the second of a series of workshops conceived by Rute Figueiredo and Hélène Jannière.

The moment of the archive is the moment of the entry into writing of the historiographical operation”, as the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur wrote in Memory, History, Forgetting (2000). In fact, an archive is much more than a physical place devoted to collect, classify, or store documents. It is the place in which such documents intercept and interrelate, working as a crucial institutional framework in which the collection’s criteria, conservation policies and strategies of valorization have an undeniable participation in the research and writing practices of history.

In the second symposium of the series “Lectures on Architecture Criticism”, we seek to address on the criteria, policies, and strategies of archival institutions holding large funds and collections in which the physical and digital materials of some architecture critics is currently stored — as manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, personal libraries, notebooks, and audiovisual recordings, among others. These materials are “personal gestures” that go beyond the retrospective practice of the history. They often build other (sometimes unpredictable) storylines, which describe the methods, intensions, doubts and conflicts that were involved in the writing of criticism as well as in the “moment of the archive”.

To briefly reflect on such matters and storylines, we invited a group of experts — who have been exploring specific collections of architecture critics and criticism —, to exchange ideas and share experiences on the practices of researching, teaching and writing architecture history.

13:30 Welcome Address
Hélène Jannière and Paolo Scrivano, coordinators of the Mapping Architectural Criticism network

14:00 – 17:00 Public Lectures
Carsten Ruhl (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt – CCSA)
Daniela Ortiz dos Santos (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt – CCSA)
Frederike Lausch (Wüstenrot Stiftung – CCSA)
Jasna Galjer (University of Zagreb, Department of Art History)
Matteo Cassani Simonetti (Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Architettura)

17:30 Roundtable
Moderated by Paolo Scrivano and Rute Figueiredo

Scientific committee
Guillemette Chéneau-Deysine (Université Rennes 2)
Rute Figueiredo (Université Rennes 2)
Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2)
Antje Kramer-Mallordy (Université Rennes 2, Archives de la critique d’art)
Paolo Scrivano (Politecnico di Milano)

Guillemette Chéneau-Deysine, Rute Figueiredo, Mapping Architectural Criticism, EA1279 Histoire et critique des arts, Archives de la critique d’art. With the support of Université Bretagne Loire and Université Rennes 2.
This event is the second of a series of workshops conceived by Rute Figueiredo and Hélène Jannière.

Further Information Here

The Building Culture and the Book Culture


The workshop is part of the course „Architects as Bookmakers: Concepts, Contexts and Competing Visions“ at the Art History Department of the Goethe University and has been organized with the Deutsches Architekturmuseum.