Benjamin Nicholson will describe a six-month journey around the world, during which he traveled through fifteen countries. The aim of the talk is to get the listener to think of the globe as a singular, spinning ball upon which there are all manner of ways of being that are radically different from our own. The focus will be on the connections between varied spiritual practice, unmechanized manufacturing and farming, raw architecture, and the impact of oil, which results in both degradation and solutions. Nicholson will also discuss the instances of how forbidden taboos in one culture may be acceptable in another. The common thread of geometry will pass through all of these topics.
Benjamin Nicholson is Associate Professor of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum at Altria, New York; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; the Barcelona Center of Contemporary Culture; and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. His publications include The Appliance House and The World: Who Wants It? Nicholson is the recipient of awards from the Graham Foundation, the SOM Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. He received a Master of Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and studied at the Architecture Association in London and the Cooper Union in New York.