From South Africa’s Mines to NASA’s Skylab:
Models and Concepts of Life in Extreme Environments
Short introduction to the larger project and questions & screening of McQueen’s film “Western Deep”, Discussion
Screening of Film by Jean Rouch & discussion of contested archives and questions of ethics and access
Megan Eardley is a PhD Candidate in Architectural History & Theory at Princeton University. In recent years, her work has been supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the History of Science Society, the Canadian Center for Architecture, as well as the Fulbright and Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship programs.
- Steve McQueen’s film “Western Deep”: https://criticalcommons.org/Members/andydancer/clips/western-deep/ (24 mins.)
- Santu Mofokeng, Taking the Battle to the Grave: South Africa’s Contested Sites (online article)
Readings & Materials
- Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (University of Chicago Press, 1958).
- Donald L Donham and Santu Mofokeng, Violence in a Time of Liberation: Murder and Ethnicity at a South African Gold Mine, 1994 (Duke University Press, 2011).
- Édouard Glissant and Betsy Wing, Poetics of Relation (University of Michigan Press, 1997).
- Gabrielle Hecht and Hannah Le Roux, “Bad Earth,” in e-flux architecture, August 31, 2020. https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/accumulation/345106/bad-earth/. Republished in Nick Axel, Daniel A. Barber, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Anton Vidokle, eds., Accumulation: The Art, Architecture, and Media of Climate Change (University of Minnesota Press, 2022).
- Elizabeth A Povinelli, Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2016).
- Alla Vronskaya, Architecture of Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2022).
- Megan Eardley, “Terrestrial Not by Nature and Essence”: The Acclimatization Chamber as Surface Technology in South Africa, ca. 1958, Grey Room (2021) (84): 64–85. https://direct.mit.edu/grey/article-abstract/doi/10.1162//107048/Terrestrial-Not-by-Nature-and-Essence-The?redirectedFrom=fulltext.