As the lead-up to the General Rehearsal ’18, this theory discussion gives us different approaches to relations between people and objects in an attempt to investigate possible ties between both in today’s society.
The British designer Thomas Thwaites will give a lecture and the Dutch artist Madelon Vriesendorp, co-founder of OMA, will give a talk with Sylvia Libedinskiy, architect and artist. After the presentation with the three guest speakers, the documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008) by Agnieszka Piotrowska will be screened.
Thomas Thwaites (1980) is an atypical British designer whose interest vary between technology, science and research concerning the future. He stuided Economy and Biology at University College London and undertook a Masters in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London. He wrote the two books The Toaster Project (2011) and Goatman (2016).
Conversation between Madelon Vriesendorp and Sylvia Libedinsky
Madelon Vriesendorp (1945) studied at Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam, she started working in the restauration of frescoes and as a costume designer as well as on books and jewerlly. In 1972, she moved to New York with Rem Koolhaas and there is where she founded OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) with Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. The drawings produced in New York served to illustrate the cover of the famous book Delirious New York (1978) of Rem Koolhaas, designs that were exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum of New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou of Paris, the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam and the gallery Ma de Tokio. In 1976 she drew the storyboard for the animated film Flagrant Delit for French televison.
Married to the Eiffel Tower is a documentary by Agnieszka Piotrowska that explores the world of three women who are emotionally attracted to objects, an attraction that distances them from human relations. The film offers a different perspective on objects and the possibility of a life that not only includes conventional love relationships.