"Form+Code" book launch / Future of the Public School

September 4-5, 2010

This weekend, we'll be reopening our space at 951 Chung King Road with two events that we're very excited about: the Form+Code book launch and a class called Future of the Public School.


Form+Code book launch party, 5-7pm on Saturday, September 4

Three years ago (during The Fundraising Show) Casey Reas and Chandler McWilliams hosted a workshop called "Form+Code." Now, Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press and we'll have a little book launch party to celebrate. Champagne and snacks will be served; books will be on hand; and there will be a toast at 6:30 to thank many of the book's contributors who will be in attendance.


Future of the Public School class, 12-4pm on Saturday (September 4) and Sunday (September 5)


On both afternoons this weekend, we will be discussing the "Future of the Public School" and continuing some of the conversations from "The UC strikes and beyond" and "Continental Drift / Control Society / Metamorphosis". We're fortunate that Brian Holmes will be back in Los Angeles and proposed the class, which will "look at the cultural roots of the current university crisis, and in that light, to explore the role that experiments like The Public School could play in re-imagining education."

The class will meet on both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm. The two texts that Brian recommended are listed below, but if anyone has additional suggestions, you can link to them in the comments of the webpage for Future of the Public School or upload them to the issue on AAAARG at http://aaaaarg.org/node/16709

Christopher Newfield, Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (esp. chapters 1-3, 5 and 8)

Robert Samuels, New Media, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory after Postmodernism: Automodernity from Zizek to Laclau (esp. chaps 1, 5, 6, 8 and 9)