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18:30 - 20:30 25 February 2011

Vito Acconci: From words to action to architecture


The Christopher Ingold Auditorium | Christopher Ingold Building (link Map)
20 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AJ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Vito Acconci, Artist and architect, Acconci Studio, Acconci began his career as a poet, editing 0 TO 9 with Bernadette Mayer. In the late 1960s Acconci transformed himself into a performance and video artist using his own body as a subject. His performance and video work was marked heavily by confrontation and Situationism. In the mid 1970s, Acconci expanded his metier into the world of audio/visual installations. Acconci has taught at many institutions, including the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Yale University;Pratt Institute; and the Parsons School of Design. He currently teaches at Brooklyn College in the Art Department and Performance and Interactive Media Arts programs. He is represented by Albion Gallery in London and New York.

Iconic artist and architect Vito Acconci will discuss his work, past and present. The lecture will be followed by a short discussion with Sir Peter Cook, co-founder of Archigram.

A recent major project of Acconci's is The Murinsel (German, literally Mur island) in Graz, Austria, is an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur river. This landmark of Graz was designed Vito Acconci on the occasion of Graz becoming the 2003 European Capital of Culture. The building measures 50m in length and 20m in width. Two footbridges connect it with both banks of the Mur. The center of the platform forms an amphitheatre. Below a twisted round dome there is a cafe and a playground. The Murinsel is built to accomodate up to 350 visitors.

Tickets are not required, however places are limited to 300 and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.


Sebastian Craig
+44 (0)207 679 4642 | s.craig@ucl.ac.uk


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