My work buddy, Terence, and I went to see Iain Boal speak on the subject of Mark Lombardi’s drawings this evening. Here’s the online billing:
Guest Speaker: Iain Boal
Drawing power: Mark Lombardi and cartographies of capital
March 4, 7pm
Meet in the Grand Lobby
Iain Boal is a social historian of science and technics, with a special interest in visual culture and the technologies of information and communication. Boal is currently director of the Colloquium on Environmental Politics in the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley. Boal will discuss Lombardi’s works on view with the reference of early works of Hans Haacke. He wrote the catalogue essay for Mark Dion’s 1999 show at the YBCA, Where the Land meets the Sea . A special exhibit at Tate Modern in 2000 was based on his research into Henry Moore’s Chicago sculpture commemorating Enrico Fermi’s 1942 chain reaction experiment at the birth of the atomic age. His new book on the extinction of the commons in capitalist modernity, entitled The Long Theft: Episodes in the History of Enclosure, will be published by City Lights Press.
The lecture got a slow and noisy start in the lobby of the Yerba Buena Center and Iain began by trying to set up some ideas about the medium selected by Lombardi to present his ideas and to consider the relational lines and arrows used to relate each of the entities in his drawings.
Then there was a time to peruse the drawings, but I had already seen them (see my previous blog: Mark Lombardi: Global Networks) so Terence and I wint to the conference room and got a seat.
Iain proceeded to show us various examples of charts that influenced Lombardi, such as Hans Haacke’s Manhattan Real Estate Holdings and Oliver North’s diagram of the Iran-Contra dealings. Unfortunately the lecture was cut short because the museum had to close at 8.
Most of the material he covered can be found in more detail in a book titled, “Mark Lombardi: Global Networks”.
I looked on the internet and found many references to Iain Boal’s work: