Discussion with Nicholas de Monchaux and Caroline Jones

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Directed by: George Lucas

Presented by: Nicholas de Monchaux (A+U, Dept. Head), Caroline Jones (HTC)
Part of the Spring 2021 Cinema and Architectural Imagination series

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About the film:
A farm boy dreams of adventure and a princess rebels against an evil Empire. The fate of the galaxy is forever changed when Luke Skywalker discovers his powerful connection to a mysterious Force, and blasts into space to rescue Princess Leia. Mentored by a wise Jedi Master, and opposed by the menacing Darth Vader, Luke takes his first steps on a hero’s journey (text via Lucas Films).

About the presenters:

Nicholas de Monchaux is Professor and Head of Architecture at MIT. He is a partner in the architecture practice modem, and a founder of the design technology company Local Software. Until 2020 he was Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Craigslist Distinguished Chair in New Media at UC Berkeley, where he also served as Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. De Monchaux is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society and shortlisted for the Art Book Prize, as well as Local Code: 3,659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016).

Caroline A Jones is a professor with the MIT Architecture History, Theory and Criticism group. She studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception. Trained in visual studies and art history at Harvard, she did graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York before completing her PhD at Stanford University in 1992. Her exhibitions and/or films have been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the Hara Museum Tokyo, the Boston University Art Gallery, and MIT's List Visual Art Center, among other venues.

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Above image: Film poster, "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," directed by George Lucas (1977)


Discussion with Nicholas de Monchaux and Caroline Jones