Lawrence BirdArchitect, Planner, visual artistat pico ARCHITECTURE
I'm interested in intersections of image and space, particularly urban space and landscape. My dissertation (from McGill University) examined representations of the city in three media - silent film, manga, and anime, manifested in three versions of the Metropolis story. Postdoctoral project Beyond the Desert of the Real explored broken urban spaces in the city of Winnipeg through video and installation developed with graduate students as well as newcomers to Canada.
Today my research explores representations of geography, and the materiality of image, on two fronts: creative work in the visual arts, and writing on architecture and media. My creative work aims for a critical re-evaluation, through the image, of the representations of space offered to us by popular digital tools. This work is supported by research/creation grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Winnipeg Arts Council, and has been exhibited internationally, including at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (2017).
My writing explores these interests from the standpoint of phenomenology, the history of technology, colonial studies, the epistemology of mapping, and the social and political dimensions of urban life. My academic research has been funded by SSHRC, FQRSC, and the Japanese Ministry of Education. I've written for Chora, Leonardo, and Critical Planning, among other venues, and has contributed chapters to and edited books for publication by Routledge, Ashgate, the University of Minnesota Press, McGill/Queens University Press and The MIT Press. I also writes in the popular architectural press on architecture and urbanism, particularly in Canadian Architect.