Lecture series May 2016

Invite to Kevin's presentation in the Irish Cultural Centre

Caption for the photo: Maison du Peuple, Clichy (1935-1938)

Presentation details

Making strange: The Poetics of the Maison du Peuple, Clichy

In 1917, Viktor Shklovsky described the need for poets and artists to "make strange", to interrupt our familiarity with language and form and thereby encourage us to perceive ordinary relationships anew. Made twenty years later as the joint effort of two architects, a highly inventive metal fabricator, an aviation engineer and an enlightened mayor, the Maison du Peuple at Clichy suggests this same will to question familiar constructions, but this time by means of a building. This lecture will consider the creation of the Maison du Peuple as a poetic enterprise, in both its conceptual and material aspects.

Marcel Lods + Eugane Beaudoin (architects), Jean Prouvé (fabricator), Vladimir Bodiansky (engineer).

In the words of the Rev. Liam Swords

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