Bluecadet at Visibly Invisible
So when a few of us had the opportunity to attend a lecture presented by Hidden City's Thaddeus Squire on the "yearning for history in pop culture" we knew we had to go. The talk was hosted by the University of Arts, in collaboration with the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, and Design Philadelphia.
The talk was fascinating. He discussed everything from Piranesi's etchings of Rome and imaginary prisons to the history of Victorian adventurers.
He ably linked the fantastic and remote with present-day Philadelphia. Piranesi's drawings in many ways anticipated the Benthamian Eastern State Penitentiary (a Bluecadet Client). And those early explorers like Hiram Bingham III explored the ruins of remote civilizations in the same way that contemporary "Ruin Pornographers" explore and exploit the derelict, crumbling, and magnificent edifices that surround us in Philadelphia.
The talk ended with a brief preview of what you might see should you join Hidden City in their upcoming Festival scheduled for 2013.
There are two more talks scheduled for the series and we'll be at both. See you there!