Every year, the Architecture Student Organization throws an end of year dance: beaux arts. In 2018, this took place at I.M. PEI's Everson Museum in downtown Syracuse. The Everson is a centerpiece of the downtown district and exhibits several rotating exhibits and a permanent ceramics collection. POSIT took this opportunity to construct a temporary exhibit using a series of mirrors and spray-painted furniture.
LINDA ZHANG is Syracuse Architecture’s 2018 Boghosian Fellow. As part of the fellowship, ZHANG integrated the technical tools of casting and mold-making, allowing students to develop new forms of critical memory as they explore the translations of conceptual applications of full-scale structures. In this interview, ZHANG articulates her motivations for BETA-REAL, thoughts on ambivalent-shared realities, and the choice of ceramics as a medium.
BIKO MANDELA GRAY is an associate professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Religion. GRAY examines the connection between religion, embodiment, and subjectivity, with emphasis on how these facets are augmented and inflected through race gender and sexuality. GRAY also examines the Black Lives Matter movement as a clearing or religious space, challenging traditional approaches to subjectivity, and understands subjectivity as a relation, a constantly changing constellation of various modes of relational engagement.
BETA-REAL, 2018's BOGHOSIAN FELLOW SYMPOSIUM, brings together a group of seven thinkers and makers to explore the philosophical turn away from singular, knowable, stable and metaphysical absolutes, towards a multitude of experiential, ambivalent, shared realities.
Syracuse, New York
POSIT is a digital archive of design content and conversation entirely run by Syracuse students. Its purpose is to capture and document the ongoing discussions and original material throughout the school. This content is then distributed in the form of multimedia publications, through the website and social media outlets. As part of this movement, we captured Linda Zheng's symposium through a series of video interviews and collected student questions for participants to answer.