After a successful launch last year of this public talks series, we welcome back BROW TALKS for 2017, presented in partnership with The Lifted Brow.
Informal in tone and omnivorous in range, these talks are fun, forward-thinking samplers of the best new thinking about nonfiction today. Please join us at the Urban Writing House, non/fictionLab's home for all things research, writing, and the city. Bring questions and a good attitude!
Lecture Three: CAN YOU IMAGINE ME BEING THERE?
Presenter: Simona Castricum
What is our expectation of architecture when our cities, buildings - their programs, connections and interfaces - reinforce essentialist and cisnormative notions of gender? For some, that is not an architecture of safety, nor of belonging or identity; rather of hostility, othering and privilege. Relationships between form, space, program and function have unique political and spatial meanings for gender nonconforming people. When program is the enemy of function, we adapt as they disconnect. We seek belonging, safety and find identity. What can be learnt about architectural emotion, space and practice through the lens of gender nonconforming experiences?
Simona Castricum is a musician, architecture academic and writer from Melbourne. Simona's musical, spatial and activist interventions articulate gender non-conforming experiences in architectural and emotional space - their relationships to power, sexuality, violence and the body. Her fluid and multidisciplinary practice across architecture, graphic design and music experiment with vocal, percussion, dance, image and typography as both creative tools and evocative publishing forms. Simona is represented by Melbourne queer feminist label LISTEN Records. Her culture and music writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, i-D and Archer magazines.
Arrive at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.
Access the Urban Writing House through the rear of Building 80, via Stewart St, ground floor, across from the basketball courts, between A'Beckett St and Franklin St.