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Signal to Noise

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7 - 8:30pm

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Image courtesy of Forensic Architecture and SITU Research

Image courtesy of Forensic Architecture and SITU Research

The Interdisciplinary Seminar presents Bradley Samuels, of SITU Research, who will give a free, public presentation of a series of case-studies done as part of the Forensic Architecture project. Each study explores the emerging role of artist and designer as a mediator and translator of spatial information, hovering between activist and witness in contemporary legal, political and social forums. 

Whether captured by citizen videos, orbiting satellites or international monitoring agencies, human rights violations and war crimes are increasingly documented in visual and spatial registers. Consequently, spatial representations – drawings, diagrams, physical and digital models, geospatial data, and remote sensing technology – are emerging as evidence in a variety of contexts. Todays’ venues – be they diplomatic assemblies, fact-finding missions, or human rights reports, are beginning to incorporate spatial analysis and representation as integral to both evidentiary and advocacy work.

Bradley Samuels is a founding partner at Situ Research, an interdisciplinary practice working in design, visualization and spatial analysis. Focused on developing innovative strategies and new tools, Situ Research leverages a strong foundation in architecture, materials and digital instrumentation to collaborate with and contribute to a diverse array of fields. A core value of Situ Research is the applied nature of its work – the studio seeks to address challenges grounded in urgent contemporary spatial issues – be they social, scientific or artistic. Samuels holds a B.A. from Vassar College in Art History and a B.Arch from the Cooper Union School of Architecture.

The Interdisciplinary Seminar, created as a discussion series on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them, offers free public lecutures each Tuesday during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.