Lecture by Hugh Campbell and short film by Charles & Ray Eames

10.10.2013, 19:00 — 23:00 Lecture


Charles & Ray Eames, Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero, 1977


Hugh Campbell, Faraway, so close

This talk will look at a number of strategies of depiction in recent photography, drawing and model-making which propose a new and dynamic relationship between architectural spaces and the people they house. It diagnoses a move away from a kind of stable, middle landscape in which human figures and built space seem to be in perfect balance and accord towards images in which, on the one hand, the figure advances to fill the frame and space recedes or, on the other hand, the figure reduces and dissolves, allowing the space itself to dominate. Sometimes the two combine, so that a space can seem at once faraway and close.

While at first glance these new pictorial strategies seem disorienting and discordant, this talk hopes to demonstrate that they are in fact intended to get closer to the complex nature of spatial experience.


Hugh Campbell (IRE) has been teaching and researching at University College Dublin since 1992 and was appointed Professor of Architecture in 2008. His research interests revolve around questions of space, consciousness and identity. His PhD research looked at the politics of urban development in Dublin, while more recently he has been interested in looking at issues of identity and language in modern and contemporary Irish architecture. At the same time, he has been writing and researching on the connections between consciousness and architecture. He has also had a growing interest in photography, specifically how space and the self are framed through photographs. He has been compiling a series of essays and conference papers on the subject which he aims to publish as a book in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, he is also acting as joint editor of the Architecture volume of a 5 volume project from the Royal Irish Academy - The Art and Architecture of Ireland - to be published in 2014.

Free entrance. Registration is appreciated: [email protected]

Language English

Location Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerpen-Berchem, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen

Luc Deleu - T.O.P. office 15.09.2013—17.11.2013