Bryony Roberts: We Know How to Order: Performative Interventions in the Public Sphere

Rows of performers waving white banners in a plaza in front of city buildings

The elective seminar, Public Art or Act?!, presents a guest Skype lecture by architectural designer and scholar Bryony Roberts on the relations between artistic interventions and the politics of space. Dealing with the architecture, the social and historical context, and the politics of city's public space, Roberts's interventions offer a new kind of critical readings on the ordinary and the extraordinary of the existing urban fabric.

Bryony Roberts Studio is a design and research practice started by Roberts in 2011. Focused on transforming existing architecture, the practice integrates strategies from architecture, art, preservation, and performance to activate and critically engage historical buildings and urban spaces. With projects at significant architectural sites around the world, such as the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, the Federal Plaza in Chicago, the Government Quarter in Oslo, and the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles, the practice operates across many scales, from temporary installations to urban design. This range of projects aims to encourage social activation of historical sites and foster discourse on how we preserve and change existing structures.

The lecture will present a series of public performances by the studio from recent years.

Roberts earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch. from Princeton University. Her work has received a Graham Foundation Individual Grant and was featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial of 2015 and Performa 17, in addition to group and solo exhibitions in Rome, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, and Boston. Roberts teaches at the Oslo School of Architecture in Norway and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in New York City.

Related Links
Byrony Robers Website
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