MAS Context Spring Talks 2013
A Year on the Road with Venue
Geoff Manaugh + Nicola Twilley



Lecture by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley in Chicago on Monday, June 3, 2013 as part of the MAS Context 2013 Spring Talks. The event was organized by MAS Context and hosted at Public Works.


The lecture, titled “Mines, Fruit, and Military Bases: A Year on the Road with Venue,” discussed the ongoing research that Geoff and Nicola are developing together. They have been traveling since June 2012 as Venue, visiting sites and interviewing people whose work in some way illustrates the human relationship with built, natural, and virtual landscapes.



About Venue

Venue—a pop-up interview studio and multimedia rig traveling around North America through September 30, 2013—is a project of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, Future Plural, and Studio-X NYC, with funding provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), Nevada Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thanks so much to Wallo Villacorta and the the crew at Public Works for hosting the event, and to the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for supporting MAS Context.








All photos by Thomas Harris.


Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and co-director of Studio-X NYC, an off-campus event space and urban futures think tank run by the architecture department at Columbia University. In September 2013, he will join the tech blog Gizmodo as editor-in-chief.

Nicola Twilley is co-director of Studio-X NYC, author of the blog Edible Geography, and an independent curator with exhibitions at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles. She is currently writing a book on the spatial history and technological future of refrigeration.

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