Talks Programme: Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, Sir John Soane's Museum London

31st January 2014


Grayson Perry, Ross Lovegrove and Michele de Lucchi announced in talks programme for the exhibition Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess. Design, replication and materiality are three of the themes explored in the Sir John Soane’s Museum forthcoming exhibition Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, 7 March – 31 May 2014.

Diverse Maniere Talks

As part of the museum’s programme of events, three panel discussions, involving leading architects, designers, artists and academics, will look at how different disciplines approach these issues and what they might tell us about architectural and design practice in the past and how it has evolved today.

All talks will begin at 6pm unless stated otherwise and take place at the Royal College of Surgeons, WC2A 3PE.

Visualising Design Ideas

10 March 2014, 6-8pm

Taking Piranesi’s prints and Sir John Soane’s architectural drawings and models as a point of historical reference, this discussion will look at how contemporary architects and designers utilise various production methods and strategies in the design process.

Speakers:

Michele de Lucchi, architect and designer
Ross Lovegrove, designer
Adam Lowe, Director of Factum Arte, Madrid
Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Using Objects as Evidence of Themselves

18 March 2014, 6 – 8pm

How should material expressions of design be interpreted? How does an object inform us of its cultural or historical point of origin? This discussion will focus on the different approaches used to analyse an objects design.

Speakers:

Adriano Aymonino, art historian and academic
Jerry Brotton, academic and writer
Lisa Jardine, academic
Grayson Perry, artist
Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Casts, Copies and the Dissemination of Design Ideas

19 May 2014, 7.30 – 9pm

Sir John Soane used plaster casts along with 1:1 scale architectural fragments as important teaching tools within his museum. What potential does the process of copying offer today’s designers? How can we intelligently and creatively deal with intellectual property issues? This discussion will examine how ‘the copy’ has been used to recycle and blend ideas from the past, and the intriguing possibilities offered by contemporary technologies.

Speakers:

Sam Jacob, architect, writer and curator
Further speakers to be announced.
Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Ticket information:

Early bird ticket offer: purchase tickets for all three talks for £40.

Individual lecture tickets, £15. Visit www.soane.org for further details.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diverse-maniere-piranesi-fantasy-and-excess-public-lecture-series-tickets-10130611933

Address:

Royal College of Surgeons, WC2A 3PE.