Instructor : Elena Manferdini
AT : Andrea Cadioli
The Visual studies seminar is a silent protest against the current forceful dichotomy between “non-interesting” and “interesting” as dialectic aesthetic judgments that lately invaded the academic discourse. The class will argue that “attention” and “interest” are notions that can be decoupled, that “interesting” isn’t an exclusively aesthetic category, that interesting and non-interesting can easily coexist and finally that the duration of an effect is crucial when it comes to any experience, and architecture is not an exception. This seminar does not dwell upon unproductive stands, but believes in the political power of architecture to represent a multitude of faceted realities, and engages in the risky business of communicating with a contemporary audience.