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Emily Scott Lecture


“Architecture as Enforcement and Emancipation: the Case of Herman’s House”This talk will focus on a project by the artist-activist Jackie Sumell,The House That Herman Built, which stems from her more than decade-long correspondence with the political prisoner and longtime solitary confinement inmate, Herman Wallace. Upon making initial contact with Wallace, Sumell posed the remarkable question to him: “What sort of house does a man who has lived in a 6-foot-by-9-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?” In the months and years that followed, the two would envision highly detailed plans for the space that Wallace was to inhabit upon being freed. I am eager to consider the ways that this work engages architecture as a medium that is, at once, violent and potentially emancipatory; and, more generally, to explore the questions it raises about architecture, politics, and justice.

Earlier Event: September 8
Fall 2017 Rome Show
Later Event: September 20
DATUM Meeting