Spring 2019 Student Lecture Series: Zenovia Toloudi

Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site

Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site exhibition piece
  • 02/20/2019

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Lectures, Special Events

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site, a public lecture by Zenovia Toloudi, the artist/architect responsible for the Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site exhibition, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.

A special reception and gallery talk will follow the lecture.

Based on the exhibition Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site in the BAC's McCormick Gallery, this talk presents a body of works that explore subjective perceptions of space and user engagement. Metamaquettes are installations, models, and mock-ups that question their own nature yet create playful spaces in which to explore cognition/perception, scale, light and (im)materiality. Metamaquettes invite us to investigate subjectivity, neglected notions about sensory experiences, communal habits, and the ordinary and vernacular elements of culture. Being a composite word that derives from the Greek μετά/meta, and the French maquette, Metamaquette literally translates as after/post/among/beyond models.

By positioning installations as meta-spaces that depart from the service model of architecture practice, Metamaquettes exhibition lends a fresh perspective on the influence of installations in contemporary architecture. The minimum quality of this architecture is subjected to specific costs, materials, and other resources and conditions; however, what in Metamaquettes appears as experimental and innovative will soon become integral part of the new traditional.

Architects: earn 1 HSW by attending this lecture!

About Zenovia Toloudi

Headshot of artist and architect Zenovia ToloudiZenovia Toloudi is the artist/architect responsible for Metamaquettes: Between the Lab and the Site. Zenovia Toloudi is an architect, artist, and assistant professor of Architecture at Studio Art, Dartmouth College. Her work critiques the contemporary alienation of humans from nature and sociability in architecture and in public space, and investigates spatial typologies to reestablish cohabitation, inclusion, and participation through digital, physical, and organic media. The founder of Studio Z, a creative research practice on art, architecture, and urbanism, Zenovia has exhibited internationally, including at the Biennale in Venice, the Center for Architecture, the Athens Byzantine Museum, the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Onassis Cultural Center. She has won commissions from Illuminus Boston, The Lab at Harvard, and the Leslie Center for Humanities at Dartmouth. Zenovia's work belongs to permanent collections at Aristotle University (AUTh) and the Thracian Pinacotheca. Her essays have been published in Routledge, Technoetic Arts, and MAS Context. Zenovia is the recipient of The Class of 1962 Fellowship. She was a Public Voices Fellow; a Research Fellow at Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT; and a Fulbright Fellow. Zenovia received her Doctor of Design degree from Harvard's GSD (2011), a Master of Architecture degree as a Fulbright Fellow at the Illinois Institute of Technology (2006), and in 2003, she graduated from the AUTh in Architectural Engineering.