Hybrids & Haecceities:
A Mosaic of Unlikely Affinities
Date: October 27 – 29, 2022
Faculty Exhibition, Curated by Ferda Kolatan
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman School of Design, Philadelphia, PA
Hybrids & Haecceities: A Mosaic of Unlikely Affinities features select work from the architecture faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Over a hundred architectural images from twenty-six faculty members assemble into a kaleidoscopic stream, vividly illustrating Weitzman’s longstanding commitment to design innovation through new and productive alliances between academic research and architecture practice.
Conceived as a companion project to the 2022 ACADIA conference “Hybrids & Haecceities”, the exhibition depicts a wide range of drawings, prototypes, models, artifacts, components, and buildings that devise, test, and utilize computer-aided techniques and digital technologies toward the advancement of architectural ideas and applications. The interest in cross-readings and unlikely affinities mirrors the larger conference theme of hybrids and haecceities. Hybrids are mixed entities with no single or clearly identifiable origin, while haecceities describe an object’s singular and irreducible identity. The intrinsic contradiction of being at once composite and yet unique typifies our current technological and cultural age, where unprecedented collaborative practices between human and artificial intelligences, agencies, and protocols form novel constellations beyond conventional definitions of originality.
Pre- and Post-’s Ephemeral Image series and Images as Instruments were featured in the exhibition.