Unmentionables Symposium 19
The Unmentionables Symposium is a biannual event highlighting critical issues concerning the constructed environment. It provides a forum for rarely mentioned ideas in spatial practice and theory. The inaugural symposium was hosted in April 2017, featuring compelling presentations and panel discussions that brought together a broad range of renowned designers and thinkers from literature, architecture, film, art, philosophy, and interior design.
The second Unmentionables Symposium will be held at Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO Gallery) in HollywoodSaturday, April 6, 2019 (10am - 6pm)
The second symposium looks to revisit interdisciplinary territory by revising the form of the symposium itself as both a place and an event of performative potential. In Ancient Greece the sympotic designated a social institution that circumscribed a public space within a domestic interior. It was a gendered, formal arrangement—a banquet of philosophical speeches that encouraged performativity and intellectual risk-taking with the aid of libations. Beyond anesthetic intelligence the ancients saw a rich world of aesthetic promise, charting trajectories of intelligibility between intoxication, spectacle, hazard, and failure. The 2019 Unmentionables Symposium attempts to fulfill that promise by showcasing the intricacies of sharing insight beyond the strict confines of cognitive content.
Unmentionables brings together a broad range of notable thinkers and designers drawn from literature, architecture, film, art, philosophy, and interior design. Keynote speakers this year include Jane Rendell, Director of Architectural History and Theory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and artist Phillip K. Smith III, known for creating large scale temporary installations and light-based work.
The Unmentionables symposium is supported by the work of its advisory board: Lois Weinthal, chair of Interior Design at Ryerson School of Interior Design; Frank Clementi, principal of Rios Clementi Hale and a transdisciplinary design educator; Rossen Ventzislavov, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Woodbury University; Mimi Zeiger, critic, editor, and curator; Raymund Ryan, curator at Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art; and Gloria Gerace, renowned museum and cultural consultant. Symposium organizers include Maria Kobalyan, Christoph Korner, chair of Interior Architecture, and faculty members Annie Chu, FAIA IIDA and Heather Peterson.
Unmentionables Symposium Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10am - 6pm
Department of Interior Architecture, Woodbury School of Architecture
Location: WUHO Gallery - Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost 6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028