GSD Talks: Michael Jakob, “Park Bench Stories”
The GSD Talks series features visiting faculty and special guest speakers.
“Small objects have sometimes complex functions. A bench in a garden is most of the time invisible. Once we pay attention to it (at least in certain gardens), it reveals its suprising semantic and narrative potential. In some important cases a seat becomes the center that organises the scopic strategies of an entire site.”
Michael Jakob is Professor in History and Theory of Landscape at hepia (Geneva) and Professor of Comparative Literature (Chair) at Grenoble University. He is a Visiting Professor at the GSD, Harvard University. His teaching and research focus on landscape theory, aesthetics, the history of vertigo, contemporary theories of perception and the poetics of architecture.
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