A generation ago, the post-modern quest for variation was a forceful plea against the dominant cultural technologies of the mechanical age. Today, digital technologies can deliver variations of all sorts and almost at no cost. Yet unlimited design variability inevitably challenges deeply ingrained assumptions of authorship. Contemporary digital culture and technologies favor and nurture a new notion of design indeterminacy, where objects are increasingly seen as systems able to self-organize and find the best solutions by themselves, when digitally empowered to do so.
Digital Design Theory Symposium: Digital Post-Modernities
11.00 am – 4.30 pm / Smith Conference Room
Paul Rudolph Hall
180 York Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
The Digital Design Theory Symposium is convened by the PhD Program of the School of Architecture, with the cooperation of the Department of the History of Art, to start a conversation among theoreticians, designers and historians on aspects of contemporary digital culture in the arts of design.
11:00-11:30, Mario Carpo (Yale SoA): Introduction. “Form-Making to Form-Finding”
11:30-12:00, Emmanuel Petit (Yale SoA): Response and discussion
12:00-12:30, Roland Snooks (RMIT University, Melbourne): “Volatile Formation”
12:30-13:00, Brennan Buck (Yale SoA): Response and Discussion
14:00-14:30, Ingeborg Rocker (Harvard GSD): “Computing Aesthetics: subversions and recursions”
14:30-15:00, Michael Young (Yale SoA): “Parametrics, Painting, Phenomenology”
15:00-15:30, Mark Foster Gage (Yale SoA): “Post-Nerdism”
15:30-16:30, Discussion (moderated by Christopher Wood, Yale History of Art)