Thresholds 48: Kin "Get-together"

6:00 PM EST. This lecture will be webcast here.

Thresholds 48: Kin is out now digitally through MIT Press (with print copies available in the near future)!

At a time when so many of us are cooped up, devising new ways of being together, we invite you to a gathering of Kin, as contributors to the new issue of Thresholds sample and respond to each other’s work. Now, as the most intimate relations with others are a source of both vitality and risk, the pieces in Kin gain new readings, not only as we seek impossible answers to our current situation, but as we imagine how its residue might alter our future. We hope our sustained online connections might bring temporary analgesic relief to pains induced by our physical separation.

Join us not for the IRL gathering we had anticipated, but for a collective congregation of Zoom windows, Thursday, May 7, 6pm to 8pm EST via webcast. Pour yourself a drink, plug in your speakers, and enjoy our contributors’ voices transmitted from across the globe.

Thresholds is the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture and distributed by the MIT Press. Each independently themed issue features content from leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of architecture, art, and culture. Thresholds 48: Kin is edited by Stratton Coffman, Dalma Földesi, and Sarah Wagner.

Thresholds 48: Kin takes on the address of the “other” as a thickening of the plot, as an antidote to a hygienics of the term “kin”—to signal salvation from ecological and social downfalls, untethered from materialist analysis or the care of ethnographic work. The issue extends a hand towards other disciplines, as a nudge for greater dimension, to paint the roominess that some circulating accounts of kinship tend to constrict in service of maintaining bloodlines and other allegories. Kin challenges the disciplines of art and architecture to consider the transforming social relations that are deeply entangled with spatial practice.