Lamia Joreige, Keith Krumweide, Michael Webb

Politics of the Image

The Agendas series brings together prominent thinkers and practitioners to address modes of research. The goal of the series is to accumulate knowledge on research methodologies that engage diverse topics across the fields of visual culture and the built environment. Agendas is an invitation and platform for ongoing engagement between MIT and individuals who play a role in creating challenging and timely discourse.

Agendas: Politics of Production is the first iteration of the series, featuring a themed symposium, “Politics of the Image,” and two lectures tackling concerns of production in art, architecture, theory and ecology. The “Politics of the Image” symposium stages a conversation between three practitioners in art and architecture to address the most ubiquitous form of production: the image.

This series is conceived by Duygu Demir (PhD, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art) and Lucy Liu (SM, Architectural Design), in conversation with Professors Ana Miljacki and J. Meejin Yoon.

Lamia Joreige, Keith Krumweide, Michael Webb

Lamia Joreige is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and work in Beirut. She uses archival documents and elements of fiction to reflect on history and its possible narration and on the relationship between individual stories and collective memory. Her practice, rooted in her country’s experience, explores the possibilities of representing the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, particularly in Beirut, a city at the center of her imagery.  

Joreige artworks have been presented in various exhibitions venues, among which: in France at the Centre Pompidou and musée Nicéphore Niépce; in the United States at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, the New Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Taymour Grahne Gallery; in the UK at the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery and Cardiff National Museum; and in The UAE at the Sharjah Biennial.

She presented her films in festivals and venues such as FID Marseille; Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin; Home Works I, IV & VII, Beirut; Paris Cinema; The Mediterranean Festival of Cinema, Montpellier; Beirut Cinema Days.

She is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for advanced studies at Harvard University for the year 2016-2017 and was shortlisted for Artes Mundi 7, the United Kingdom’s leading biennial art prize. She is a cofounder and board member of Beirut Art Center, which she codirected from 2009 to 2014. Joreige earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Keith Krumwiede is Associate Professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he directs the graduate program in architecture. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Current projects include Gross Domestic Product, a book about the recent history of the ultimate American consumer product, the single-family house, and Freedomland: An Architectural Fiction and Its Histories, a satirical settlement scheme that examines the competing goals and desires that define contemporary American culture. An excerpt of Freedomland was published in 306090: Making a Case and selected drawings were exhibited at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery in Los Angeles in February of this year.  Professor Krumwiede has written about the sub-networks and porous enclaves of Los Angeles, the almost viral annexations pattern of Texas cities, and the sophisticated and sinister practices of homebuilders. Recent essays include “The Bauhaus Tweets” in Log 22: The Absurd and “(A)Typical Plan(s)” in Perspecta 43: Taboo. Prior to teaching at NJIT, he taught at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Rice University in Houston, and Yale University, where he was awarded the King-Lui Wu Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2009, Professor Krumwiede was one of the first recipients of a research grant from The Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design at Yale University for his work on high density, high performance wood housing in the United States.

Michael Webb was born in Henley on Thames, England, in 1937. He studied architecture at the then Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture (now the University of Westminster) from 1953 to 1972, a somewhat lengthy student career compared with the five it is supposed to take; the result, I like to think, not for want of talent but rather of a certain obtuseness of character. A project he designed during his fourth year at the Polytechnic found its way, due to a curious set of circumstances, into an exhibition at MOMA New York entitled ‘Visionary Architecture’ in 1961. The following year his thesis project for an entertainments centre in the middle of London repeatedly failed. Nevertheless it became widely published, and was featured in November 2009 at the ‘First Projects’ exhibition at the Architectural Association school of architecture in London.

In 1963, he was invited by Peter Cook to be part of an assortment of young architects who referred to themselves as the Archigram group, after the name of the magazine they started publishing. The Archigram boys, oft called the ‘Beatles of Architecture’, rebelled against what they saw as the failure of the architectural establishment in Britain to produce building reflecting the dynamic changes, both technological and social, the country was then undergoing. For the last seventeen years a large exhibition of the group’s work has been touring world capitals; and in 2006 the group was awarded the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

He emigrated to the USA in 1965. He sees his raison d'etre as deriving from the drawings he has produced over the years: among these being drawings comprising the Temple Island Study, which resulted in an eponymous book published by the AA in 1987; and the Drive-in House series. He has had one man shows at the Cooper Union where he now teaches, Columbia University, the Storefront Gallery in NY, the Architecture League in NY, the University of Manitoba at Winnipeg and the Art Net Gallery in London. He was a fellow at the CCA in Montreal in 2010 and 11.