Citified. How Central Europe dreamt of big cities – lecture by Dr. Agnieszka Karpowicz

2019-05-07, 6:00 p.m.
We invite to the next lecture, part of a programme accompanying the exhibition Years of Disarray. Art of the Avant-Garde in Central Europe 1908–1928

“As for the air, oxygen pipes may be perhaps built in imitation of water pipes in order to bring down oxygen from the layers of atmosphere high up above the houses or from distant country forests. Or this may well turn out too simple, and a special facility will be set up within the city to manufacture oxygen for breathing and to distribute it to its consumers the way the present-day gas and electricity companies do. But never mind the unknowns of the future.” Tadeusz Peiper’s fantasy of a modern city summarises the region’s avant-garde visions that pivoted around projects for urban modernisation and development. Like other metropolitan fancies of the era, it raises problems the avant-garde pipe dreams bounced off in various cities across Central Europe.

Dr. Agnieszka Karpowicz – expert in cultural and literary studies at the Institute of Polish Culture of Warsaw University, member of its Studio of Urban Studies. Her interest focuses on the anthropology of literature and history of 20th-century culture from the communicative perspective, especially the neo-avant-garde language practices, literature and 20th-century art and their links with urban culture and space.

A lecture in Polish.
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