13 October 2014
Sensuality and the Subterranean: Jean-Jacques Lequeu’s Maison gothique (1777-1814) during the late Enlightenment
Dr Jennifer Ferng, Lecturer Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
As one of the French utopian designers of the late Enlightenment, Lequeu is regarded by many architectural historians as having an enigmatic inventory of unbuilt work. He envisioned Grecian-Egyptian temples, Masonic grottoes, and neoclassical tombs and civic monuments. Enhanced by his training as a draughtsman, his studies of human anatomy verged on the edge of explicit prurience. This lecture surveys some of his fanciful imagery in relation to the intellectual discourses surrounding the subterranean, focusing on how myth and occult knowledge came to define his ideas of architecture and the body.
Dr Jennifer Ferng is Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Sydney. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves as co-editor of Architectural Theory Review. Her research examines eighteenth-century European architecture and art in the context of the geological sciences.
KEY TEXTS 2014
Sydney Ideas is pleased to work with the Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) this year to bring you a new series of talks on Key Texts. Following the tradition of the Key Thinkers and Key Concepts series presented by the University, Key Texts invites our leading academics to discuss a text that has influenced their way of thinking. By text, we conceive of this in the widest possible sense to include not only the written word in book form, but a work of art or a building, a legal case or decision, rituals and aural traditions, a medical or scientific model.
Furthering the aims of the Sydney Intellectual History Network to “initiate cross-disciplinary discourse in the pursuit of intellectual history” we start the series this year with dynamic speakers from the disciplines of history, economics, music and architecture. Come along to be challenged and think again. Other in the series include:
Monday 28 July – Professor Barbara Caine, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry on Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. Register here
Monday 18 August – Professor Tony Aspromourgos, School of Economics on Reflections on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. Register here
Monday 15 September – Dr Alan Maddox, Lecturer in Musicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music on The Rhetoric of Bach’s St Matthew Passion: Text and performance. Register here
Monday 27 October – Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sir Nicholas Laurantos Chair in Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies. Register here
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