Nov 22 2019

FRANCESCO MARULLO: Project of Distance

UIC Art History Colloquium

November 22, 2019

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Henry Hall 106


Chicago, IL 60612

Despite having never set foot in the city, Bertolt Brecht was obsessed with Chicago. A jumble of mud and steel, elevated trains, towers, grain elevators, slaughterhouses, jazzmen and boxers, brokers and gangsters, Chicago embodied the most advanced traits of a modern capitalist metropolis. For Brecht — who believed that to stimulate the attention of an audience it was necessary to make the world (or everyday reality) strange, distant, and foreign — Chicago was remote enough to become a laboratory for analyzing the forces ruling life in the immediate present: an “analogous” Berlin. By aligning some of his early works as a montage of scenes, the paper reconstructs Brecht’s project of distance, delving into the political economy of Chicago and its architecture of production at the onset of the 20th-century.

Francesco Marullo is interested in the relationship between architecture, labor, and the spaces of production. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from TU Delft and currently teaches the UIC School of Architecture. He coedited The Architecture of Logistics (2018), coauthored Tehran: Life within Walls (2018), and contributed to recent volumes Aesthetics and Poetics of Logistics (2019) and Work, Body, Leisure (2018).


Andrew Finegold

Date posted

Oct 1, 2019

Date updated

Nov 9, 2019