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Event, Fiction, Trust and Surveillance: A Reading Group with Marcel Broodthaers and the Shell Zeitgeist, Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd St, Tuesday 28 March 2017, 7 – 8.30 pm


The second of this three-part event series taking place at the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop and Roth Bar, explores the parallel between Marcel Broodthaers’ poetic use of shells, and the concrete structural innovations that were unfolding all around him. Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Sigrid Adriaenssens will conduct a lecture on the ‘Shell Zeitgeist’ that took place in architecture throughout the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s and perfectly coincided with Marcel Broodthaers adult life and career. In concept and material, the shell is a motif that runs throughout his work as national symbol, hollow accretion, and institutional metaphor.

Sigrid Adriaenssens runs the Structural Form-finding Lab at Princeton, where her research and practice focuses on form-finding techniques and structural optimization with a specialty in cast concrete shells. Her recent research has expanded into experimentation with sustainable materials, mobile structures, and pre-stressed tension systems. She earned her PhD at the Centre for Lightweight Structures, University of Bath, England, in 2000.

The Broodthaers Society of America (BSA) promotes new interpretations of the work of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers in the political and cultural context of the United States. While their primary mission is to promote scholarship on his work as a poet and artist, they also encourage using his oeuvre as a creative jumping off point for wider social and aesthetic explorations. The BSA Reading Group organised by Hauser & Wirth Publishers is a month-long series of discussion on the interrelated themes of Fiction, Trust and Surveillance.

This is a free event, no booking required.