Department Lecture Series: Taking Place

Event Date: 

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Reception 5:00 pm, Lecture 5:30 pm

Event Location: 

  • Arts 1332

Dr. Edward Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook

Working [with] Edges

Edward Casey (SUNY Stony Brook)

The department is pleased to announce the fourth lecture in the HAA Lecture Series 2015-2016, Taking Place, will be by Dr. Edward Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

This talk discusses the special dynamics of edges. It includes an opening reflection on the neglected importance of edges in people's lives and what it is to work with them constructively. Dr. Casey discusses several situations in which such edgework has been prevented or prohibited as well as those in which it can flourish, including art and architecture. His primary purposes is to raise consciousness of the myriad ways in which we are surrounded by edges everywhere we look and move, and what is to be done about this — done differently than just by passively perceiving such edges.

Taking Place: When we think about people doing things, we inevitably imagine these events as "taking place" somewhere in time and space. Action and place are intimately linked, continually and reciprocally transforming one another. What we do shapes our sense of where we are; correspondingly, yet perhaps less familiarly, where we are shapes the how and why of what we do. In recent years, there has been much scholarly attention devoted to new conceptions of the materiality of place and of setting as lived experience. This series of talks aims to rethink the traditional view of architecture and space as merely backdrops to human activity. Guest scholars and artists working in different disciplines (art history, anthropology, classics, philosophy, and film) will address a number of useful and challenging ways we can begin to think through a variety of kinds of 'places' — houses, burials, theaters, even whole geographic regions — ranging in scale from a cone of light in a dark room to a collection of neighborhoods in late antique Asia Minor. Speakers will pay particular attention to the active functions of places, to the roles these material extensions of ourselves may have played (or may still play) in structuring the activities occurring within them — in preserving, maintaining, and transmitting to us the architecture of how we do what we do.

See the Lecture Series flyer and mark May 26 on your calendars for the final lecture series event with New York-based installation artist Anthony McCall at SOhO Club in downtown Santa Barbara.