Ruben Arevshatyan: CONFLICTING MODERNITIES

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Summer resort of the Union of Writers of Armenia on Sevan Peninsula, architects Gevorg Kochar, Mikael Mazmanyan, 1932 (1965)

Loose Associations_ The Lines of Movement/ Motel TROGIR & SPACES project invites you to

THE LECTURE BY RUBEN AREVSHATYAN:

CONFLICTING MODERNITIES: THE HIDDEN STORIES OF THE 20th CENTURY ARCHITECTURE IN ARMENIA

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, lecture/ room 317 at 6pm

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

Armenian history of the last two centuries has been tightly interconnected with the project of (re)-building a nation. Architects and urban planners have played a central role in this project. Their built and unbuilt visions have driven the collective imagination as well as aesthetic, social and political desires. It is as if the wish for something real and for a new, self-defined social order has had to cope with the hidden and unfulfilled promises of an architectural imaginary expressed by conflicting formal languages. And, as those dreams regarding a new Armenia were not homogeneous, it is possible to follow how these tensions and contra- dictions have materialized in buildings, architectural blueprints and sketches, giving rise to real masterpieces and at the same time creating serious ruptures in the collective perception of self.


Ruben Arevshatyan is an artist, art critic and independent curator based in Yerevan. He is the president of AICA-Armenia and teaches at the contemporary Art Institute, Yerevan. From 1997- 2004 Arevshatyan was the artistic director of the Hay Art cultural center in Yerevan. He is the author of numerous critical texts in local and international magazines and publications, and a member of the editorial board of the red thread e-journal. Arevshatyan has been the curator and associate of local and international projects including Great Atrophy, Parallel reality, Three Tendencies, Local Modernities, Manuals: Subjects of New Universality (Armenian national Pavilion at the 54th Art Biennale in Venice), Soviet Modernism, Trespassing Modernities, Sweet Sixties, Parallel Modernity and the Capital of Desires (Armenian national Pavilion at the 14th Architectural Biennale in Venice).

Organization: Slobodne veze/Motel TROGIR within the framework of the project SPACES.

Support: Ministry of Culture of Croatia.

Special acknowledgement: Luka Korlaet/Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb.

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Ethnographic Museum of Armenia in Armavir, architect Rafael Israelyan, 1968 (1978)

PREDAVANJE I RAZGOVOR S RUBENOM AREVSHATYANOM

KONFLIKTNI MODERNITETI/ SKRIVENE PRIČE ARHITEKTURE 20. STOLJEĆA U ARMENIJI

utorak, 11. studenoga 2014. u 18 sati

Arhitektonski fakultet u Zagrebu, predavaona 317

Armenska povijest posljednja dva stoljeća usko je povezana s projektom (re)izgradnje nacije. Arhitekti i urbanisti odigrali su ključnu ulogu u ovom projektu. Njihove izgrađene i neizgrađene vizije pokretale su kolektivnu imaginaciju, baš kako su utjecale i na estetske, društvene i političke želje. Kao da se težnja za nečim stvarnim i novim, samo-definiranim društvenim poretkom morao nositi sa skrivenim i neispunjenim obećanjima arhitektonskog imaginarija izraženog sukobom formalnih jezika. Budući da snovi o novoj Armeniji nisu bili homogeni, tako je moguće pratiti i kako su se ove tenzije i kontradikcije materijalizirale u građevinama, arhitektonskim nacrtima i skicama, stvarajući remek-djela arhitekture, a istovremeno otvarajući ozbiljne pukotine u kolektivnoj samopercepciji.


Ruben Arevshatyan je umjetnik, teoretičar i nezavisni kustos iz Erevana. Predsjednik je AICA-Armenije i predaje na Institutu za suvremenu umjetnost, Erevan. Od 1997- 2004 Arevshatyan je bio umjetnički ravnatelj Hay Art kulturnog centra. Autor je brojnih kritičkih tekstova u domaćim i međunarodnim časopisima i publikacijama, te član uredništva e-časopisa Red Thread. Arevshatyan je bio kustos i suradnik brojnih domaćih i međunarodnih projekata poput Great Atrophy, Parallel reality, Three Tendencies, Local Modernities, Manuals: Subjects of New Universality (armenski nacionalni paviljon na 54. venecijanskom bijenalu suvremene umjetnosti), Soviet Modernism, Trespassing Modernities, Sweet Sixties, Parallel Modernity and the Capital of Desires (armenski nacionalni paviljon na 14. bijenalu arhitekture u Veneciji).

Organizacija: Slobodne veze/ Motel TROGIR u okviru aktivnosti projekta SPACES financiranog od strane Europske unije kroz program Istočno partnerstvo.

Podrška- Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske

Posebna zahvala Luki Korlaetu/Arhitektonski fakultet u Zagrebu.

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RUBEN NAJAVA

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