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Experiencing The Everyday - Atmosphere Symposium 2012

The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture hosts an annual symposium February 9 to 12, 2012. Atmosphere explores the intangible and overlooked dimensions of design, planning and architecture - those difficult to pin down, document, or record with conventional instruments and methodologies. Atmosphere 2012 will focus on ‘experiencing the everyday.'

The theme is best represented in the ongoing work of Ben Highmore who will be presenting the opening address at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Thursday February 9th. Other keynote speakers include Chris MacDonald, David Benjamin, John Hopkins and Julian Holloway.
Ben Highmore

Ben Highmore is Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. His research is broadly concerned with the culture of everyday life: investigating what is extraordinary in ordinary life (for instance habit) and in looking at the ordinariness of what might be thought of as extra-ordinary or exotic or esoteric or elite. His particular interests at the moment congregate around cultural feelings, domestic life, and post-war British art, craft and architecture (specifically the cultural movement New Brutalism). His most recent books are A Passion for Cultural Studies (2009), the edited collection The Design Culture Reader (2009) and Ordinary Lives: Studies in the Everyday (2011).
Lecture Title: ‘The Appliance House'

In 1965 Reyner Banham suggested that the contemporary home contained "such a complex of piping, flues, ducts, wires, lights, inlets, outlets, ovens, sinks, refuse disposers, hi-fi reverberators, antennae, conduits, freezers, heaters" that it no longer required a conventional house to hold it all up. While the sort of alternative house form that Banham was imagining (most clearly envisioned by the architects associated with Archigram) seems like a long forgotten dream, Banham's sense of the home brimming with hardware and becoming increasingly technologically oriented and networked has clearly been realised and extended. This paper will consider the domestic appliance (from toasters to computers); their role in our ordinary life (as habit objects and memory devices); and how we might best study them.

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