An online lecture on „The Obscure Cities: Imaginary Architectures Between Utopia and Dystopia“

On October 8 at 6pm writer Benoît Peeters will give an online lecture on „The Obscure Cities: Imaginary Architectures Between Utopia and Dystopia“. The lecture is accompanied by the exhibition “The Obscure World of the Urbatect. Architectural comics by François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters”. It will take place online and in the seminar room in the museum. Q&A with Benoît Peeters will take place after the online lecture.

NB! The lecture will be held in English.

The graphic novels titled “Les Cités obscures” (known in English as “The Obscure Cities”) made by the Franco-Belgian comic classics show the elegant mix of architectural graphics and comic art. The action in the series often takes place in a retro-futuristic parallel world akin to ours, revolving around fantastic cities and buildings. These albums play around the patterns of an obsolete modernity – that of Jules Verne, Antonio Sant´Elia, Victor Horta or Le Corbusier. Halfway between utopia and dystopia, The Obscure Cities inspire dreams about the infinite shapes cities could take now and later.

Writer and critic Benoît Peeters was born in 1956 in Paris. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne University and defended a Master’s degree supervised by Roland Barthes. In 1976, Peeters’ first novel “Omnibus” was published. Today he has 60 published works to his name. As a scholar of Hergé, Peeters has authored several treatises such as Le monde d’Hergé (The World of Hergé) and Hergé, fils de Tintin (Hergé, Son of Tintin). He started the legendary graphic novels „Les Cités obscures“ (known in English as The Obscure Cities) with his childhood friend François Schuiten in the 1980s.  In 2012, Peeters’ biography of philosopher Jacques Derrida was published; it has since been translated into ten languages. Peeters currently serves as a visiting Professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University (UK).

Lecture: October 8 at 6pm via Zoom and at the Rotermann Salt Storage (2 Ahtri St., Tallinn)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98894791961?pwd=V0owMUVoQm1HaTNaNFd5WTM4K1pqdz09

Meeting ID: 988 9479 1961

Passcode: 37aKBs

Free event

Language of the lecture: English

Supporters: France Institute in Estonia

Exhibition “The Obscure World of the Urbatect. Architectural comics by François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters” is open in Tallinn until November 8, 2020.

More info:

Sandra Mälk, co-curator

Sandra.malk@arhitektuurimuuseum.ee, +372 625 7004

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    Tue – Sun 11 a.m – 6 p.m
    Mon closed
    NB! The museum is open until 3 pm on June 22, closed on June 23 and 24!

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