Stage 3 Opening Lines

Fri Nov 11, 2011 - 7:30 pm - Fri Nov 11, 2011 - 11:59 pm @ Gendai Workstation, 1265 Bloor Street West

Opening Lines is a one night event staged to reduce its own narrative to the simplest yet fullest form – lines.

Door opens at 8:30pm
Free Admission

Raumlichtkunst: lightplay.lineplay, Visual-Music Projections programmed by Aliza Ma


11.11/11.11.11 Drawing-Architecture: On the Line as Lived Abstraction, Lecture/Architectural Tour by Etienne Turpin


Raumlichtkunst: lightplay.lineplay

Walter Ruttman
Lichtspiel Opus 1 (1921)
Opus 2 (1922)
Opus 3 (1924)
Opus 4 (1925)

Len Lye
Free Radicals (1958)
Colour Box (1935)

Malcom McLaren
Begone Dull Care (1949)

11.11/11.11.11 Drawing-Architecture: On the Line as Lived Abstraction

To draw is to produce conceptual reflection and experiential sensation with, or perhaps more precisely, on the line. To borrow a neologism from the philosopher Brian Massumi, the practice of drawing-architecture might be considered as a peculiar mode of ‘lived abstraction.’ To develop these concepts, the lecture will first consider the question of measurement, and its persistent premise of calculative value, in relation to the practice of drawing-architecture. Then, through an engagement with architectural historians Hubert Damisch and Claudia Brodsky, the lecture will sketch, in broad strokes, the legacy of the line within the hegemonic context of perspectival representation. Our attempt will then be to map the problem of correlationism (in the conceptual sense given by Quentin Meillassoux) that arises through the lived abstractions of drawing-architecture.


Aliza Ma is a fervent cinephile living in Toronto. She has worked on programming for the American Film Institute and Sundance Film Festival, and is now a year-round employee of TIFF Cinematheque, in the film programmes department. She has mediated and translated for Chinese filmmakers, Jia Zhangke and Emily Tang. Independently, she contributes to various film-related publications and works as a programmer for the Gendai Gallery, exploring facets of micro-cinema programming, focusing on the avant-garde and contemporary Asian cinema. Her last programme, was on Ernie Gehr, in collaboration with architecture journal, Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy. 

Etienne Turpin completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, where his dissertation analyzed Georges Bataille’s concept of expenditure in relation to post-Kantian aesthetic and teleological commitments. In addition to philosophy, his research interests include architectural history and theory, political economies of land use, aesthetics, modern and contemporary art, and environments of desolation. He has taught in the graduate programmes for Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. For the 2011-2012 academic year, he is the Walter B. Sanders Research Fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, where he will teach seminars on design research and architectural theory. His research project at the College focuses on the turn to the Anthropocene within geological discourse and its potential effect on architecture and design; this research will help complete a longer study of the relation between architecture, philosophy, and geology, entitled Terrible is the Earth. Etienne is also a founding editor of the architecture, landscape, and political economy journal Scapegoat (


Event Resources:

Claudia Brodsky, Lines of Thought, (Durhman and London: Duke University Press,1996).

Hubert Damisch, The Origin of Perspective, translated by John Goodman (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994).

Brian Massumi, Semblance and Event, (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011).

Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency, translated by Ray Brassier (London: Continuum, 2008).

The Center of Visual Music - An essential reservoir of visual music research

Len Lye programme at ACMI:

Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive’s programme of Essential Visual Music: Rare Classics:

Los Angeles Film Forum’s Walter Ruttman Programme by Stefan Droessler of the Munich Filmmuseum and notes:

CFMDC, film and print resources for Canadian experimental cinema:

One of North America’s founding filmmakers’ co-ops and a great source of prints and film & indexical filmmaker information

Video Data Bank

Distributors of international experimental cinema:


Opening Lines brings about stage 3 of Gendai's 2011 Fall project Feasibility Study, an alternative renovation strategy where the process is slowed down, broken into three stages, and made transparent to the public.

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