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Philosopher, curator and transgender activist Paul B. Preciado gave the 2017 Benno Premsela Lecture. One of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics, Preciado addressed architecture as a technology of subject production.

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Far from merely providing shelter to a given gendered and sexual subject, he will argue, architecture is a performative technique that produces the subject it claims to house. Taking Michel Foucault’s work on biopolitics as its starting point, and drawing on feminist, queer, and anticolonial theories, the lecture will explore architecture as a political technology for producing gender and sexuality.

Grounding his argument on a series of case studies (including the invention of the pill and the rise of the post-domestic environment), Preciado will track the displacement that took place following World War II from ‘disciplinary’ technologies of power (‘hard’ architectures and collective exoskeletons such as the panopticon) to what he calls soft ‘pharmacopornographic’ architectures that work as ‘prostheses of the self’ (including biochemical, media, electronic, and computer technologies).

From this perspective, architecture is becoming a somatic system. Within the new regime, the body no longer inhabits political architectures but rather is inhabited by them. This novel condition blurs the traditional distinctions between architecture, performance, media, medicine, and design.

date
02/11/2017
time
20:00 – 21:30
language
English
 
location

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

 
Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.