The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture


Hacker RP37A radio with Open University logo, 1971
From February 19, 2019 until May 26, 2019
First presented at the CCA in Montreal in 2017, and curated by Joaquim Moreno, the exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture will be on view in Lisbon, at the CCB–Garagem Sul 19 February to 26 May 2019.
As current models of knowledge transfer are brought into question, one radical attempt at rethinking the mandate of higher education through mass media is under the lens. Taking shape as an exhibition and a book, The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture examines a key experiment by The Open University to mobilize new media environments for distance and adult education.
The exhibition will explore ‘A305: History of Architecture and Design, 1890-1939’, a televised, third-level Arts Course first aired in 1975 by the Open University, headquartered in Milton Keynes, UK. A key experiment in new forms of higher education within the architectural realm, and an essential example to analyze the relationship between new media as a tool to transform the transmission of knowledge and its dissemination, the creation of the Open University and the A305 class will be archeologically studied as a privileged instance for the mobilization of new media environments for educational purposes, and for the convergence of mass media and mass education. The project investigates the A305 Course as a pioneer and key case study in the ongoing development of media education and towards the idea of a globally shared culture today. This exhibition is developed in partnership with the Open University.
The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture
Curator: Joaquim Moreno
CCB–Garagem Sul, Lisbon
In partnership with the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
19 February to 26 May 2019