Contested spaces are complex and difficult to grasp. Architecture can serve as a method to understand this complexity. In her lecture, artist and researcher Susan Schuppli illuminates how architecture and film can unravel this complicated tangle of politics, war and climate change. On the basis of Schuppli’s work, architect Sereh Mendias will talk to her about this innovative role for architecture. Schuppli is Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and affiliate artist-researcher of Forensic Architecture.
The Masters is the series of conversations with renowned filmmakers in which AFFR explores the relationship between their work and the architectural and urban space. Previous guests were Fiona Tan, Kadir van Lohuizen and Martin Koolhoven and Paula van der Oest
About the speakers
Susan Schuppli is a researcher and artist based in the UK whose work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters and climate change. Current work is focused on learning from ice and the politics of cold. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the book, Material Witness published by MIT Press in 2020. Schuppli is Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London where she is also an affiliate artist-researcher and Board Chair of Forensic Architecture.
Sereh Mandias is an architect, writer and educator based in Rotterdam, whose work focuses on the way architecture engages with contemporary society and wider culture. She works as a lecturer and researcher at the Chair of Interiors Buildings Cities at Delft University of Technology, as a visiting lecturer at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and as editor at platform for city culture De Dépendance. She is a member of the editorial board of OASE Journal for Architecture and cofounder of Dutch architecture podcast Windoog. (Photography: Marianne Hommersom)