What CurriculA ARE EMBEDDED IN OUR EVERYDAY? HOW DOES eACH INFORM WHAT WE THINK? How we ACT? WHO WE ARE?

Architecture is often designed as a didactic entity with circumscribed utility. Its programs, scripts, codes, and corresponding values pervade society and soma. School’d is a critical wayfinding° system that explores the poetics and politics of The New School University Center. For one day during the 2014 RE/Mixed Media Festival, eight individuals assumed the role of University Center occupant. Donning the dots and dashes of renown engineer Herbert Dreyfuss’ human forms and armed with an arsenal of site-specific audiophiles, the occupants enacted the architectures of meaning, making, and memory or learning woven throughout the 500,000 square foot, 16-story, $353 million "bronze bastion." This provocative mind-body-space mash-up asked individuals to contemplate the transformative capacities of architecture (and, more broadly, design°) to radically alter the histories, geographies, and psychologies of our everyday.


School'd: A [Not-So] Public Performance. A Public Works project produced by Kiersten Nash in collaboration with Jun Mizumachi and Marina Lopez. Performed by Christina Ferwerda, Marina Lopez, Kiersten Nash, Rashid Owoyele, Christopher Patten, Maia Ramnath, and Lynda Sing. The New School University Center, RE/Mixed Media Festival IV, New York City, 26 April 2014.


One of the best ways to get yourself
a reputation 
as a dangerous citizen is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.
 

 

 

Charles A. Beard
Co-Founding Father The New School, New York