ZOO-TOPIA Symposium and Book Launch

ZOO-TOPIA Symposium and Book Launch

On zoo architecture as taxonomies of national representation

21 September 2012
Venue: Huxley Theatre, ZSL London Zoo
The Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY

Obaysch the Hippopotamus, 1852, by Don Juan, Comte de Montizón

The Zoo is a showcase of modernist architecture and experimentation. The ZOO-TOPIA symposium brings together internationally recognised artists, architects and academics from the fields of architectural and design histories to survey the Modernist architectural heritage of zoological gardens from diverse viewpoints. The ZOO-TOPIA symposium explores the display of architecture within zoological gardens, and zoos will be also considered in relation to the city, as psycho-geographical spaces of fantasy, and as sites of national representation.


10.00 – Registration

10.15 – Introduction

PANEL I ( 10.30 – 12.15 )
The first panel’s focus is zoos as sites of national representation and a showcase of modernist architecture, with a special focus on the Budapest Zoo and the work of the Hungarian architect Károly Kós:
Prof. David Crowley (Enchanting views: Life on display in Central Europe around 1900)
Anthony Gall ( Transposing Budapest – the Transylvanian Experiment)
Zsófia Frazon (Zoo and exhibition – An ethnographic interpretation of the architectural display of the Zoological Gardens in Budapest)
The presentations are followed by a panel discussion & Q&A chaired by Eszter Steierhoffer.

FILM SCREENING ( 13.00 – 15.00 )
A selection of short films screened around the theme of zoos, cities and wild life, architectural display and spectatorship, including works by Francis Alys, Jürgen Böttcher, Bert Haanstra, László Moholy-Nagy and Florian Pumhösl, among others.
The screening is followed by a discussion and Q&A chaired by Ian Wiblin

Discounted entry to ZSL London Zoo including a guided architectural tour: £10
For this booking please contact: steve.marriott@zsl.org

Or book a guided tour to ‘The Public Zoo’ in Regent’s Park by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad  (from 15.15 – 16.00, free but only limited places available, first-come first-served, book on the day).

PANEL II ( 17.30 – 19.00 )
The second panel brings together artists and practitioners in a conversation about zoos and zooology as a basis and a lens for work, opening up questions about categorisation and subject positions.
Prof. Richard Wentworth and Marcus Coates in conversation with Jack Tan.

Free but booking is essential: bookings@hungary.org.uk

The ZOO-TOPIA symposium is organised and convened by Eszter Steierhoffer, and jointly supported by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, the Royal College of Art and the Zoological Society of London.