Beatriz Colomina – Double Exposure: Architecture as a Machine to See

Lecture date: 2011-01-12

Photographers Gallery @ The AA

The second part of this series on photography and the built environment in conjunction with The Photographers’ Gallery opens with Beatriz Colomina. She will address architecture and photography as machines to see, drawing inspiration from a story by
Anaïs Nin, ‘The Veiled Woman’.

The series featuries key photographers, writers and theorists, looking at photography rationalisation and depiction of architectural space and its role as a tool in deciphering the urban environment.

Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. Her books include Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994), which was awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects, Sexuality and Space (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1992), which was awarded the 1993 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects, Architectureproduction (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1988), Domesticity at War (Barcelona: ACTAR and MIT Press, 2007). Recently she curated the exhibition Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the CCA in Montreal. The exhibition traveled to Documenta 12 and the Architectural Association in London and is currently at the Norsk Form (Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture) in Oslo.

In addition to being the Editor of the Multimedia Section of the JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians) she has written numerous other publications and presented lectures throughout the world, including at MoMA, the MAXXI museum in Rome, the Guggenheim museum, DoCoMoMo in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Chandigarh, Osaka, Tokyo, Florence, Oslo, Thesaloniki, Patras, Guadalajara, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Ohio, Pamplona, Porto, Toronto, Houston, Texas AM, Yale, Chicago and Harvard University.