25 January 2016
Architectural Association, London
This week sees acclaimed author Tom McCarthy (whose writings include the novels Remainder, C, and Satin Island) in conversation with Intermediate 1 Unit Master Mark Campbell and Director of Histories and Theories Mark Cousins on the topic of Critical Paranoia and the Great Report. Taking Salvador Dali’s paranoid-critical method as a starting-point, the conversation will address how this surrealist technique of associative thinking works within the writing of fiction, specifically McCarthy’s most recent novel Satin Island. The talk will also address the concept of the Great Report and whether the compiling of a comprehensive yet varied document that has a coherent meaning derived from its singular form is even possible in today’s media-saturated environment.
Also this week on Tuesday is a roundtable discussion looking at Walter Segal and the Future of Self-Build where architect and Segal-collaborator Jon Broome, Walter’s Way resident and journalist Alice Grahame and architectural designer and broadcaster Charlie Luxton will discuss the influence Segal had on each of their lives and careers, and how his legacy continues until today. Then on Friday, Mark Cousins begins his Friday Evening Lecture Series for Term 2 still addressing the theme of anon. with The Author and His Pen at 5pm, followed by the launch of Rafael Moneo: Building, Teaching, Writing by Francisco Gonzalez de Canales and Nicholas Ray in the AA Bookshop with a special appearance by Moneo himself!