Slavoj Zizek has agreed to attend the Parallax conference as a keynote speaker, presenting his first paper on the subject of architecture.
As the author of the Parallax View, Zizek's arguments about the power of the gaps between different viewpoints have inspired our practice and thus led to our invitation that he attend. Zizek will be preparing the first paper on record which covers his view on architecture.
Slavoj Žižek is probably the greatest movie buff among contemporary philosophers and the greatest philosopher among movie buffs: he combines Descartes with Blade Runner, Schelling with The Flintstones, Karl Marx with Groucho Marx, and Jacques Lacan with virtually everything from Hitchcock to Stalinist musicals, from dazzling Sam Goldwyn’s quips to Morpheus’ prophesies in Matrix. He sees moving images as the royal road to ideological dimensions of today’s social and political phenomena – and that left no contemporary political, social od cultural phenomen unexplored. Žižek is currently the International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London.