Atmosphere Symposium, University of Manitoba, Feb 7 2014
“Since 2009 the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba has hosted an annual interdisciplinary symposium entitled Atmosphere. This symposium explores the less tangible aspects of design and experience: the ephemeral, social, situational, emotional, elemental, phenomenal and epiphenomenal conditions of our shared world. Difficult to pin-down, capture and express, “atmosphere” insinuates pervading qualities, which we—as designers and interpreters of our built and natural environment—strive to discover, generate and understand.
The Atmosphere Symposium brings together a variety of individuals for discursive exchange: distinguished international keynote speakers; peer-reviewed presenters from academic institutions across North America and around the world; representatives from Winnipeg’s local arts communities and professional associations; as well as professors and students from the five allied disciplines within our Faculty (Architecture, City Planning, Environmental Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture). Other academic units from the University of Manitoba routinely take part in the Atmosphere Symposium, including the School of Art, the Department of English, Film and Theatre in the Faculty of Arts, and the Department of Environment and Geography in the Clayton Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources.
KEYNOTE 6:00ANDREW TODD Action, Energy, Performance, Ecology: Notes on a New Functionalism
7:30 Ice Bar, Courtyard
8:00 DINNER, Centre Space
“In negotiations between spaces, experiences and effects developed through interventions of ‘intelligent, layered objects, surfaces, and skins,”1 the generators of atmospheric performance become prevalent. Discussing a series of interior installation projects (created as strategic, iteratively developed working modalities leveraged within the context of scenographic experiences designed for music, sound, and spoken performance) this presentation engages with an approach toward the activation of atmospheres both as the concept and as the by-product of processes. The generative framework is discussed as the patterning of tactical, operational deployment methods that are shared between projects. Buttressed with images and diagrams that un-pack the process-based approach and outcomes, this presentation will clearly link with the sub-theme of research in action.”