OLIVIA AHN /// Gender Performativity in the History of Suburban Architecture
GENDER PERFORMATIVITY IN THE HISTORY OF SUBURBAN ARCHITECTURE
Conversation recorded with Olivia Ahn in New York on April 13th 2014.
This conversation focuses on the research Olivia Ahn has been conducting these last two years in the relationship design and bodies develop with each other in the architectural typology of the suburban house. We examine together the historical and political logic that created the American suburbia after the second world war. One of these logics consists in the (re)invention of the female gender to whom the suburban house was destined. Olivia describes how the plan of the suburban house, including its compartmentalization into
Olivia Ahn is engaged in an inter-disciplinary research, design, and artistic practice that emerges from her interests across architecture, art, and queer theory. Ahn’s current work reflects her desires to both disrupt and unravel the collective narrative written by the politics of history, sexuality, and space within domesticity. Her examination of domestic archetypes and family structures are influenced by her beliefs that classifications of gender and typologies of architecture have created preconceived notions that become symptomatic in our societal understandings of them. Evoking the tensions that reside unseen, Ahn’s work locates the inherent relationships that underwrite convention in order to provide the disruption necessary towards their de-narrativization.
REFERENCE ARTICLE ON THE FUNAMBULIST:
- “From the Highway to the Drug: Counter-History of the American Suburbia” (April 16, 2014)
- Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge, 2006.
- Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, W. W. Norton & Company, 2013.
- Beatriz Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drug and Biopolitics, The Feminist Press, 2013.
LISTENER PARTICIPATION (call for participants by Olivia):
Currently, Olivia has been elaborating on the nuances of mother-daughter relationships in her recent projects, through studying storytelling and cross-generational re-performance. If you would like to contribute by answering the following question, please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org , subject line: “What My Mother Taught Me” with responses in the body of the email. Thank You.
- Recall anything that your mother has taught you.
REFERENCE RESEARCH AND PROJECT:
- All following documents are courtesy of Olivia Ahn:
GEAN MORENO & ERNESTO OROZA /// A Political & Philosophical Reading of the Systems of Objects
ARCHIPELAGO /// The Podcast Platform of The Funambulist
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