Join us Saturday Nov 9, 1:30pm for an exhibition tour of Zenovia Toloudi's Technoutopias with Tarek El-Ariss, Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies.
Zenovia Toloudi's exhibit, Technoutopias, explores architecture's ability to animate the social imaginary and trigger the extinct civic self. The work critiques our alienation from nature and each other and strives to restore broken relationships. At a moment of extreme cultural and ecological anxiety, we're retreating from engagement, shrinking our world to the handheld sphere of our devices. It's the intent of Technoutopias to challenge this retreat and investigate how architecture, thoughtfully shaped, offers a medium through which to find the right size for tech and an exemplary space for what it means to be a public and publicly-motivated human. Intimate, historically-inflected, openly discontented and bracingly optimistic, Technoutopias' pieces invite us to remember we are makers of and participants in the creations we experience as home. And that if we do not remember our better selves, we may not be able to house what's left of what's most important. Technoutopias shares a series of possibilities for who we want and may need to become. It steers us toward a new civic vocabulary and fresh chances to establish rituals building empathy, courage, and connection. Moving fluidly between spaces, with an ease mirroring the malleability of the spirit we need to develop, Technoutopias helps us rediscover and activate a public and truly public-spirited self.
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