Architecture in La Habana, Cuba is usually understood from the point of view of colonialism, whether Spanish or North-American, Cold War politics, or tourist economies and ideologies. But it could also be seen as generating wholly new points of view – more fluid and less familiar. Liquid La Habana presents 5 different case studies from the late 19th century until today and challenges their common interpretations. The exhibition explores the ways in which these fluid projects reshuffle social contracts, radically confronting ideas of modernity, society, economy, sexuality, privacy, diplomacy, aesthetics, geopolitics, race, and development.
Are musicians voluntary prisoners of architecture? This conversation between Willem Boning (Arup) and Emily Thompson (link is external)(Princeton) will investigate how composers, performers and producers either submit to or wrestle with and exploit the physical and virtual environments they encounter, folding acoustical spaces into their musical language. In an intimate and acoustically deadened setting, we’ll listen to and discuss dynamic cliffs, walls of sound and other techniques of spatial engagement, exploring four key relationships: music in a space, music in no space, spaces in music, and finally, music in the world.