FORMAT, Summer events at the Architectural Association

Essay Format
4 July 2012, 6.00pm

Presents Michel de Montaigne's prose of uncertainty and a Manifesto for the 'Essay Film'. Featuring contributions from The Otolith Group and Brian Dillon.

FORMAT is 'live magazine' looking at the shapes that discourse takes. This summer at the AA, Issue 3 will talk about talking, show what it means to show something, and present the hidden politics of presentation. Mixing anecdote and analysis, seminars with screenings and singing, FORMAT's themed, reflexive sessions look back on how knowledge has been formatted into disciplines, institutions, technologies, as well as how the present moment questions or surpasses received formats of cultural consumption. Paraphrasing Marshall McLuhan, 'The format is the massage.'

FORMAT Issues, 2011-2013
Issue 1, 28 June - 11 July 2011, featured a format that momentarily suspended the laws of physics. A format that proves things mean what they say; a format that says things but not always means anything; a format that accumulates knowledge and format that forces us to look backwards each day we move forwards.

Issue 2, 4-17 July 2012, featured a format that turned analyst's couch into sofa. A format that resists the powers that be; a format that preys on your secret weaknesses and non-existent desires; a format that repeats what you know differently and format that says what you didn't know you wanted to know.

Issue 3, 2-12 July 2013, features a format that reveals how unreal reality is; a format that mixes thinking with wandering, a format that promises us things to come, a format that promises to make us laugh and a format that celebrates a giant of history writing.

Format (plural formats) Via French and German, from New Latin liber formatus ('book fashioned') < formo ('I shape, fashion')

1. The layout of a document;
2. The form of presentation of something;
3. (computing) A file type;

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