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Spring 2022 Lecture: Magner

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

No cost
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Join us for our 2021-2022 lecture series Apr. 25, 5:30 p.m., for an in-person lecture featuring Jeremy Magner, 2021-2022 Tennessee Architecture Fellow. Magner will present Inextricable: Conjuring Appalachian Craft, as an intimate look at specific materials and methods native to Appalachian craft and the act of non-extraction construction.

Magner describes the lecture: Have we crafted Appalachia or has Appalachia crafted us? At best, according to Anne-Marie Willis, “we design our world and our world designs us back.” Perhaps inhabitants and occupiers have merely co-produced various “Appalachian” forms and practices in collaboration with the autopoetic creative forces of three latent material regimes – the lithic, metallic, and xylological – which have come to define this ‘rich land.’ The lecture will trace inextricable links between the three regimes and lineages of creative and industrial production in the region, revealing signatures of non-human creative agency conjuring a specifically Appalachian craft.

As the culmination of field research in the current state of affairs of stone, metal and wood in East Tennessee, a series of architectural mock-ups will be presented as attempts to channel the specific materials and methods native to each regime. Mock-ups respond directly to each regime with provocation by speculative protocols which introduce digital precision to traditional, high-participation means and methods of manual craft.

These acts of construction embody a performance which expands boundaries of craft beyond the workshop, creatively engaging the means of production in order to develop ways of working which resist the increasing pressures of extraction economies while attending to the social and environmental violence they have wrought. By becoming inextricable, the work attempts to generate a definition of a future paradigm defined by a work ethic for living well on a damaged planet in Appalachia and beyond.

Can’t attend? Watch the livestream lecture.

Jeremy Magner in the Fab Lab
Meet Jeremy Magner

Jeremy Magner is an adjunct assistant professor and the current Tennessee Architecture Fellow at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his BS Arch from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters degree from Georgia Tech and has worked as a designer, fabricator and a design-build practitioner in the south and west coast. His current research explores craft as a mode of social and material counter-culture distinct from normative, hegemonic practices of design. His current creative practice engages in convivial acts of construction through enormous small projects that demand intimacy, rigor and enigma.

The lecture is funded by the Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Fund. It is free and open to the public, and visitors are asked to follow all current guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage visitors and our college community to wear masks.

The health of our Volunteer family and the surrounding communities remains our top priority. Due to COVID-19, events in our college are subject to change. Please familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 protocols on campus. For last-minute changes to this event, check this page as well as the college’s Facebook page.

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April 25
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
No cost


Mark Stanley


Art + Architecture Building Rm. 109
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville TN, TN United States
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