Cynthia Hammond, Assistant Professor of Architectural History
Department - Art History Concordia University
Using the exhibition as a point of reference, Hammond's presentation
will explore the limits and potential of utopian thought through the
varied form of the tree house in popular, architectural and literary
culture, addressing themes of property, the vernacular, and
Hammond’s teaching and research interests include the history of architecture,
women and the built environment, contemporary art practices that take the city
as a point of departure/encounter, feminist theory and gender studies, and the
history of interdisciplinarity in the visual arts.
Roberto Zancan, Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture
at L’Université de Montreal, and Faculty at the School of Architecture
in Siracusa, Italy
Zancan will discuss design practices that focus on landscape in relation to
the prosaic ‘hut in the tree’, and propose a new set of terms and
conditions for the 21st C metropolitan green spaces and parks.
Roberto Zancan recently published “Corrispondenze Teorie e storie
dal landscape”, a series of essays on critical values in contemporary
Johanne Sloan, Assistant Professor of Art History at Concordia
Drawing on examples from art and visual culture, Sloan considers the tree house
in relation to the demarcation of other abodes, provisional spaces or secret
enclosures within natural environments.
Johanne Sloan has written extensively about representations of nature in
contemporary art. Her text on the conceptual landscape art of Joyce Wieland
and Michael Snow is forthcoming in Beyond Wilderness, ed. John O’Brian
& Peter White, McGill-Queen’s UP.
Ricardo L. Castro, Professor, School of Architecture at McGill
Castro’s lecture will bring forward an analysis of place and
connection as main points of entry for considering his own experiences
as a tree house dweller in his elementary school days, his encounter with Italo
Calvino’s short story The Baron in the Trees, and Invisible
Cities, as well as his current interests in the sensorial aspects of architecture.
Ricardo L. Castro teaches architectural design, history, and criticism.
He is a regular contributor to several publications in Canada, the United States,
and Colombia, and he uses architectural photography as an expressive medium.
The exhibition Tree house / Maison Dans L’arbre will be up until
September 10, 2006
All Events are free
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm, Sunday, 10am to 5pm.