LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Ana Miljacki / MIT Critical Broadcasting Lab
Monday, November 4, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“Tending to Discourse: The Work of the Critical Broadcasting Lab”
“Tending to Discourse” will present the framing polemic and the recent work of the Critical Broadcasting Lab founded in 2018 at MIT by Ana Miljacki. Critical Broadcasting Lab is a space and a platform for the production of discursive interventions in architecture culture. Its key medium is the architectural exhibition broadened to include experiments with the entire contemporary ecology of broadcasting media. As its inaugural work, the Critical Broadcasting Lab launched two initiatives: the Agit Arch series of workshops, part of Pedagogical Experiments in the Department of Architecture celebrating its 150th anniversary, and “I Would Prefer Not To,” an ongoing, two-chapter oral history project.
Ana Miljacki is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches history, theory, and design. She has previously taught studios and seminars at Columbia University, City College in New York and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Ph.D. (2007) in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University, an M.Arch. from Rice University and a B.A. from Bennington College. Her research interests range from the role of architecture and architects in the Cold War-era Eastern Europe, through the theories of postmodernism in late socialism to politics of contemporary architectural production. Miljacki was part of the three-member curatorial team, with Eva Frank i Gilabert and Ashley Schafer, of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, where their Biennale project, titled OfficeUS, critically examined the last century of US architectural offices; their professionalization and their concomitant global contribution.
On top of editing OfficeUS Agenda (June 2014) and OfficeUS Atlas (February 2015), Miljacki has recently edited together the proceedings of Under the Influence conference she had organized at MIT in 2013, guest-edited Praxis 14: True Stories, and curated and produced an exhibit on the role of copying and originality in architecture, Fair Use with her students at MIT. Its latest instantiation, UnFair Use, co-curated with Sarah Hirschman was on the view at the Center for Architecture in New York from September 2015 through January 2016. Her book The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle 1938-1968 will be published with Routledge’s Architext series in January 2017 and she is currently preparing The Terms of Appropriation collection of historical essays with Amanda Reeser Lawrence, also with Routeldge.
- UH College of Architecture and Design - Room 143