PhD Seminar by Patrick Healy – Everydayness/Modernity: A design dilemma

In this lecture, Patrick Healy will examine the competing claims of the valorization of everydayness and mass culture – especially as analyzed in the writings of Walter Benjamin – in its impact on architecture and design practices, along with the loss of ‘aura’ for the work of art during the period of technological reproducibility. A key text will also be examined, Baudrillard, The System of Objects.

A question raised will be if the construction of modernity was in conflict with the socialist and capitalist versions of the real as everydayness, or whether the impulse to constant innovation was a way of eviscerating tradition and history and leaving design with a dilemma in regard to its ’response-ability’ given demands of the new as a form of imperative.

Patrick Healy, Professor of Interdisciplinary Research, Free International University, Amsterdam
Patrick Healy, Senior Researcher, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

After completion of studies in Philosophy and later Sociology and Near Eastern Languages, Pontifical University Maynooth, University College Dublin, Patrick Healy has been engaged in writing, research and teaching, mainly in the area of aesthetics and contemporary art. His recent publications include works on aesthetics, the philosophy of science and artists biographies, including a broad range of other activities associated with his work as Professor of Interdisciplinary research for the Free International University, Amsterdam, appointed 1997. He works as a Senior Researcher and tutor in the Architecture Theory Section, and provides lecture series in aesthetics and the Philosophy of Science.

Join this seminar on Zoom
Meeting ID: 863 5556 5055
Passcode: 930511

  • All PolyU PhD students are welcome.
  • This seminar, hosted on Zoom Meeting, allows only authenticated users (i.e. Zoom logged-in users).
  • Event registration is required (click HERE). Registrants will receive a reading list prior to this seminar.