Architecture Inside/Out Workshop #05

Participation - A User's Guide

with Irit Rogoff

What does it mean to take part in Culture beyond the roles that culture allots us for taking part in it; beyond being viewers and voters, listeners and demonstrators, visitors and protestors? Are we finding new modes of engagement within the spaces of contemporary art, perhaps even by galvanizing the attention that these spaces demand, for some other form of inhabitation?

Over the past few years of thinking and writing about 'participation', I have been struck by just how much our terminology of 'art', 'exhibition', 'audience' etc, fails to capture the emergent dynamics within the expanded field of art.

This talk explores the different models of participation which we forge through affective regimes, sites of knowledge, production and circulation, conversation and unexpected exchange, as well as the possible new vocabulary we need in order to work critically with it.

Irit Rogoff is a theorist, curator and organizer who writes at the intersection of the critical, the political and contemporary arts practices. Rogoff is Professor of Visual Culture at Goldsmith College in London University, a department she founded in 2002.

This Workshop discussion continues the Architecture Insidel/Out Project, an interface for discussion about notions of insides and outsides in architectural discourse.

Coordinated by the PhD students in architecture history and theory at the GSAPP. Sponsored by GSAPP, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.