Thu 26 Mar 2020, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:


Room GSG-15
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

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Two presentations on the topic of ONTOLOGIES.

LUKE JONES: The shifting meaning of poché — originally a term of art in architectural rendering, but growing by degrees into a spatial abstraction and specific design method — is the result of a productive mistranslation.  In its original form it would be difficult to imagine anything more innocuous, a mere act of clarification or colouring in. But in its transposition from the bounds of the atelier to the discursive space of  theory, and in its adoption within a new American milieu, the term not only acquires a previously absent gravitas, but also a sort of metaphorical depth and mediative agency.

Luke is a partner at Mill & Jones, an architecture and design practice working on small projects across architecture, making, illustration and branding.

TREVOR NORRIS' talk title will be ‘Contact! Contact!’ In Ecology Without Nature, Timothy Morton's work on ecological thinking, a response to Graham Harman's object-oriented ontology, Morton discusses ‘ambient poetics’, that is, the evocation of nature and environment in textual form. Morton identifies an aspect of ambient poetics which he terms 'the re-mark’ and which refers to ‘aesthetic [and] metaphysical distinctions [...] between inside and outside.’ All nature writing tries to evoke ambience, environment and sense of place by making the written medium seem to disappear (You, me, here, nature, this text, it’s all one thing). The force of the re-mark as an idea is that it draws our attention to a different picture of environment in which background, foreground and medium collapse, and a new sense of nature appears. As Morton suggests, ‘Nature loses its nature when we look at it head on.’

Trevor Norris is the course leader for the BA Creative Writing and English Literature. His teaching and research interests include literary and cultural modernism, ecopoetics and ecocriticism and the work of D.H. Lawrence.

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About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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