School of Architecture Lecture Series: Yves Abrioux

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Tia Jewell
Communications & Events
School of Architecture
College of Design
Georgia Institute of Technology 


Summary Sentence: From Medium Specificity to Medium Technicity by Provessor Yves Abrioux, University of Paris VIII

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In Collaboration with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Yves Abrioux presents From Medium Specificity to Medium Technicity

The notion of pure or 'specific' media, which was highly influential in defining the moment of modernism, had the effect of foregrounding the expressive possibilities of any given medium, beyond that of abstract painting to which the term medium specificity originally applied. Its continuing relevance is anything but obvious in a 'post­media' world in which digital media have developed the capacity to subsume all other technological media-and indeed promise, in some readings, to provoke the disappearance of media (and the human) as such, in favor of the autonomous proliferation of self-sufficient data streams. A concept of medium technicity can, however, be derived from the French philosopher Gilbert Simondon's analysis of the history of technology, that allows for an intensification of the capabilities of media and underlines their continued relevance in an environment in which binary code is held to reign supreme. 

Yves Abrioux is Professor Emeritus of English literature at the University of Paris. His research centers on art and literature in relation to philosophy, science and technology. His publications take in poetry and fiction, visual art, landscape and gardens. In addition to his work at Paris 8, he has taught at the Ecole du Louvre (Paris). Abrioux has exhibited work made in collaboration with the artist Gianni Burattoni, in group exhibitions in France and Great Britain and in solo exhibitions and installations in galleries and institutional venues in France and Italy. In addition to his books and articles on the artists Ian Hamilton Finlay and Bill Culbert, he has written numerous catalogue essays and reviewed multiple exhibitions for a broad range of art journals and magazines throughout Europe. In addition to his role as Professor, he served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the humanities at the University of Paris 8, where he also helped shape new research and degree programs devoted to digital media, the arts and literature. He is interested in displacements between media, both traditional and modern, and continues to speculate on the future of the museum. He worked closely with the Graduate Program in Digital Media on projects related to Louvre-Atlanta. In 2014, He co-curated Mapping Place: Africa Beyond Paper at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making. Abrioux has worked closely with faculty and students at Georgia Tech for the past 20 years. 


Thursday, November 10, 2016

4:00 - 5:30pm 

Room 214 (formerly 217), Architecture East Building

College of Design

245 4th Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30332


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