Ivan Munuera and Val Warke: Discotecture in the Living Room

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Living Room Event Series

In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, New York City was in crisis. The large factories, which at one time had formed part of the landscape of Manhattan, lay abandoned. The view was desolate and alarming, yet suggestive of somewhere potentially habitable. Amidst this landscape, nightclubs and discos became the epicenter of an architectural revolution. They included the Palladium, a nightclub designed by Arata Isozaki and described as "an urban apocalypse" in keeping with the city's decayed status. It contained, shaped, and propagated a very specific architecture: discotecture, the architecture of the disco.

The Living Room is a student organization whose goal is to create a forum for critical discussion and debate about architecture today. Please join Ivan Munuera and Professor Val Warke for our seventh installment of the Living Room to consider spaces of performance, music, and disco.

Ivan L. Munuera is a contemporary art/architecture critic and curator based in New York City, working on the specific forms of politics embedded at the intersection of art and architecture with musical practices. Since 2015 he has been developing his dissertation on the urbanisms of HIV/AIDS. He has curated exhibitions at Museo Reina Sofía (The Schizos, 2009), Ludwig Museum (ACAX Residency, 2010), Matadero Madrid (El Ranchito, 2010–12), CA2M (Pop Politics: Activisms at 33 Revolutions, 2012–13), SOS4.8 (The Dark Side Of The Party, 2015; Fan Riots, 2014), and Princeton University (Liquid La Habana, 2018). He has published his work in Log, The Architect's Newspaper, El País, El Mundo, and Arquitectura Viva, among others. He worked on the dissemination of contemporary art and architecture with the radio programs Planeta Beta (Círculo de Bellas Artes, 2010–12), and Bauhauswelle (Floating University, 2018); and directed the online dimensions of the third Istanbul Design Biennial (2016) where he conducted the project Chromanoids, also exhibited at the Seoul Biennial for Architecture (2017).

Val Warke is an associate professor in the department of architecture at AAP. Warke's teaching and research focus have been on criticism and genre theory, including issues of fashion, formalism, populism, reception, and relations to literary theory, and in particular the work of Mikhail Bakhtin. He has been published in a number of journals, including Assemblage, A+U, Cornell Journal of Architecture, and the Harvard Design Magazine, as well as many essays and texts on the work of Morphosis. He teaches in the areas of design (architectural and urban) and architectural theory. He practices architecture with Andrea Simitch as a partner in Simitch and Warke Architecture. In addition to the field of architecture, he is also a member of the graduate field of fiber science and apparel design.

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