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Kai Franz / Rhode Island School of Design

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 19, 2018 - 5:30pm

Kai Franz will present a lecture titled "An Archeology of Digital Architecture" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19. Born in Cologne, Germany, Franz is an assistant professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received undergraduate degrees in architecture from RWTH Aachen and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich and earned an MArch from Princeton University in 2012.

Parallel to his studies in architecture, Franz developed an interest in computer science and investigated its integration into the architectural design process in RISD’s graduate Digital + Media program. He has worked as a researcher for the Chair of Information Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and in the Rotterdam and NYC Offices of Metropolitan Architecture. He was nominated for a Fulbright in 2009, was awarded the KPF Traveling Fellowship in 2011 and was artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany in 2013–14. Since 2007 Franz has taught fine arts and architecture at ETH Zurich, Princeton, McGill University and RISD.

Franz’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Germany. Recent projects include Plopper (Dual-Axis Precision Deposition System) and Pixilerations v.9. In September 2014 Edition Solitude published Serial Nature, a book that critically reflects on Kai Franz’s practice and includes contributions from practitioners, theorists and historians from the disciplines of art, architecture, media theory and philosophy. The publication coincided with a solo exhibition at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.

About the lecture

"An Archeology of Digital Architecture"

In this lecture, Kai Franz will be presenting a selection of works from the past six years that create a cross-section through his creative practice. Located at the intersection of art and architecture, Franz’s practice triangulates concerns of minimalism and abstract expressionism with the current algorithmic condition. With a dualism of naïve optimism and critical skepticism the artist’s work invites us to reconsider preconceptions of the digital condition. Can we think of an archeology of digital architecture?