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11.05.15 – David Lieberman delivers keynote lecture on sound, light, and architecture and contributes to an exhibition on hippie modernism

Associate Professor David Lieberman and his work have been receiving international attention in recent weeks.

Last week, Lieberman gave the keynote address at From Xenakis To the Present Day: The Continuum and Its Development In Music and Architecture, an international colloquium hosted by Centre Iannis Xenakis in Rouen, France.

His cinematic presentation and lecture White Box Black Box: At the Edge of Sound and Light furthers over a decade of research and realized work in both art and architectural practice.

"Light and sound are the palpable materials of architectural containment," said Lieberman in his address. He proposes investigating and interrogating the nature of space in its poetic and emotive qualities... through the choreography of movement, sound and light." These investigations, within the boundaries of specific materiality, fabrications and assemblies, promote an "architecture of contemporary cultural practice and political expression, an architecture determined by its occupancy of use."

Beyond his keynote address at Continuum, Lieberman contributed to an ongoing exhbition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis that opened last month. Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia examines the intersections of art, architecture and design within the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. Lieberman provided a collection of photographs of his own work and that of his colleagues, which show the emergence of architectural forms, experimental technologies, and a recollection of political and social action in the early days of the American counterculture movement.

Hippie Modernism is slated to run until May 2017, with scheduled tours to other museums.

The legacy of the 1960s and 1970s will be further explored at Architecture Redux: Rethinking Architecture's Counterculture," a conference to be held in Sydney, Australia in July.