On zoo architecture as taxonomies of national representation
Obaysch the Hippopotamus, 1852, by Don Juan, Comte de Montizón
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MARK COUSINS ON ZOOS AND DREAMING

Cultural critic and architectural theorist Mark Cousins will give a lecture as part of the ZOO-TOPIA project and the RCA Fine Art Lecture Series at the RCA on Tuesday, 30th of October 2012, 6.30 - 8 pm

venue: Royal College of Art, School of Fine Art, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road SW11 4AS

Free admission - places are limited so early arrival is advised

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ZOO-TOPIA SYMPOSIUM & FILM SCREENING



21st of September 2012, 10.00 – 19.00

Venue: Huxley Theatre, ZSL London Zoo
The Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY

The Zoo is a showcase of modernist architecture and experimentation. The ZOO-TOPIA symposium brings together internationally recognised artists, architects and academics from the fields of architectural and design histories to survey the Modernist architectural heritage of zoological gardens from diverse viewpoints. The ZOO-TOPIA symposium explores the display of architecture within zoological gardens, and zoos will be also considered in relation to the city, as psycho-geographical spaces of fantasy, and as sites of national representation.

PROGRAMME:

10.00 - Registration

10.15 - Introduction

PANEL I ( 10.30 – 12.15 )
The first panel’s focus is zoos as sites of national representation and a showcase of modernist architecture, with a special focus on the Budapest Zoo and the work of the Hungarian architect Károly Kós:
Prof. David Crowley (Enchanting views: Life on display in Central Europe around 1900)
Anthony Gall ( Transposing Budapest - the Transylvanian Experiment)
Zsófia Frazon (Zoo and exhibition – An ethnographic interpretation of the architectural display of the Zoological Gardens in Budapest)
The presentations are followed by a panel discussion & Q&A chaired by Eszter Steierhoffer.

FILM SCREENING ( 13.00 – 15.00 )
A selection of short films screened around the theme of zoos, cities and wild life, architectural display and spectatorship, including works by Francis Alys, Jürgen Böttcher, Bert Haanstra,
László Moholy-Nagy and Florian Pumhösl, among others.
The screening is followed by a discussion and Q&A chaired by Ian Wiblin

GUIDED TOUR IN OR AROUND THE ZOO (15.15 - 17.15)
Discounted entry to ZSL London Zoo including a guided architectural tour: £10
For this booking please contact: steve.marriott@zsl.org

Or book a guided tour to ‘The Public Zoo’ in Regent’s Park by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad  (from 15.15 - 16.00, free but only limited places available, first-come first-served, book on the day).

PANEL II ( 17.30 – 19.00 )
The second panel brings together artists and practitioners in a conversation about zoos and zooology as a basis and a lens for work, opening up questions about categorisation and subject positions.
Prof. Richard Wentworth, Marcus Coates and Matilda Pye in conversation with Jack Tan.


For more information please contact: info@artnetworkagency.org.uk
The ZOO-TOPIA symposium is organised and convened by Eszter Steierhoffer, and jointly supported by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, the Royal College of Art and the Zoological Society of London.


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ZOO-TOPIA PUBLICATION LAUNCH
ZOO-TOPIA PUBLICATION LAUNCH 21st of September 2012, 19.00 – 21.00Venue: Huxley Theatre, ZSL London ZooThe Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY
The ZOO-TOPIA symposium will end with a drinks reception and the launch of the ZOO-TOPIA publication - an exhibition in a book format - featuring essays on the architectural and cultural history of zoological gardens and a set of artists’ contributions, some of them specifically conceived for the ZOO-TOPIA project. Featured artists and architects include: Anca Benera, Yona Friedman, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Candida Höfer, Szabolcs KissPál, Wesley Meuris, Ahmet Ögüt and Société Réaliste. Graphic design by STSQ. The ZOO-TOPIA publication is edited by Eszter Steierhoffer.
music on the night by Gare D’ici
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21st of September 2012, 19.00 – 21.00

Venue: Bartlett Room, ZSL London Zoo
The Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY

The ZOO-TOPIA symposium will end with a drinks reception and the launch of the ZOO-TOPIA publication - an exhibition in a book format - featuring essays on the architectural and cultural history of zoological gardens and a set of artists’ contributions, some of them specifically conceived for the ZOO-TOPIA project. Featured artists and architects include: Anca Benera, Yona Friedman, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Candida Höfer, Szabolcs KissPál, Wesley Meuris, Ahmet Ögüt and Société Réaliste (Ferenc Gróf & Jean-Baptiste Naudy). Graphic design by STSQ. The ZOO-TOPIA publication is edited by Eszter Steierhoffer.

music on the night by Gare D’ici

ZOO-TOPIA is part of the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase, commissioned and organised by the Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre London in partnership with the Critical and Historical Studies Department of the Royal College of Art and the ZSL London Zoo.
ZOO-TOPIA was made possible with the generous financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary.