Affect Lecture5 – Carl Pruscha

Institut - Spielwiese Technikerstraße 21, 3.OG Nord, Innsbruck, Austria

Lecture Series SoSe 2023 Lecture 1: March 29, 6:30 pm – PAREID Lecture 2: March 30, 6:30 pm – Stefan Holst Lecture 3: May 10, 6:30 pm – Christina Jauernik Lecture 4: May 24, 6:30 pm – Andrej Radman Lecture 5: June 14, 6:30 pm – Carl Pruscha Affect is often associated with individual feelings, a vehicle that has shaped discourses and practices in diverse fields for and around human experience. In architecture, its most widespread registration came with the phenomenological turn as an enterprise to downplay „retinal,“ rational, and conceptual agendas. Instead, architecture becomes „atmosphere,“ a playground for the senses. For its part, the subject‘s body becomes the primary means of understanding and relating to this space haptically. In recent years, this approach has been criticized from various angles. On the one hand, there are positions that confront the positivism of phenomenological architecture, arguing that it is circumscribed to the normative regimes of emotions, while also ignoring the political and social implications of affects. On the other hand, others overcome the „experientialism“ of the phenomenological method by building on contemporary posthuman and non-anthropocentric dispositions. Whether accounting for the augmented conditions of human experience through technological means or directly for non-human mediated relations, affect […]