Intimacy Exposed: Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom

Lundi 10 Décembre 2018 - Mardi 11 Décembre 2018

HEAD – Genève
Bâtiment H
Av de Châtelaine 7

Conferences en anglais
Interior Architecture Conference
A conference organized by the Interior Design Department, HEAD – Genève 

“Toilet” is a euphemism, the fruit of a figure of speech rather than metonymy. In contemporary Western societies, this ultimate area of privacy found its name in a process of extension and social exchange. Our social need for polite and indirect expressions to designate a place dedicated to evacuation in a public context (e.g. trains, buildings and open spaces) transformed what was initially a piece of fabric into an item of furniture first, then into a room, and finally into a place filled with other things.  
It was only once the facility was incorporated in a room that the "petite toile" – that linen lining with laces resting on a shelf where vases, brushes and any other item required for personal hygiene were arranged – became a "toilet".  Because of this transition from a two-dimensional item into an object, then a room, and finally an environment – which often acts as a meeting place – the toilet is a formidable tool to reflect on the current circumstances of interior architecture. 

Roberto Zancan, Scientific deputy of the conference



14h00 – 14h15
Jean-Pierre Greff
, Director, HEAD – Genève
Javier Fernandez Contreras,Head of Interior Design DepartmentHEAD – Genève
Welcome and opening of the seminar  

Section 1 - Chairman: Roberto Zancan, HEAD – Genève 

14h15 – 14h45 

Roberto Zancan, Lecturer, HEAD—Genève 
Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste…

14h45 – 15h30 
Alexandra Midal,Professor in history and theory in design, HEAD – Genève 
Plomberie moderne  

15h30 – 16h00 
Philippe RahmLecturer, HEAD—Genève, Founder Philippe Rahm architects, Paris 
Toilets for Taiwan 

Coffee Break 16h00 - 16h15 

16h15 – 16h45 

Michael JakobLecturer, HEPIA andHEAD – Genève   
The concept of displacement 

16h45 – 17h30 
Joel Sanders,Professor Adjunct, Yale University, New Haven 
From Stud to Stalled! Social Equity and Public Restrooms 

Special Events 

17h30 – 18h15 

Louise Lemoine et Ila BekaFilmmakers, Paris / Javier Fernandez Contreras et Roberto Zancan 
A debate about toilets and films 

18h15 – 19h00 
Javier Fernandez Contreras,Head of department Interior DesignHEAD – Genève 
Presentation of the new Master in Interior Design (opening September 2019)  

Section 2 - Chairman: Javier Fernandez Contreras, HEAD – Genève 

9h00 – 9h45 
Renaud Haerlingen, 
Founder of Rotor DeconstructionBruxelles 
ROTOR : Field Reporting 

9h45 – 10h30 
Catherine Ince
, Chief Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 
A dancer, a poet and an artist: the seductive story of an ‘all glass’ English bathroom  

10h30 – 11h15
Mariana Siracusa
, Founder and Curator, SPAZIO Gallery, Milan 
Hygiène populaire 

Coffee Break 11h15 – 11h30 

11h30 – 12h15 

Ignacio G. Galan, Assistant Professor, Barnard+Columbia Colleges, New York 
Crip Bathrooms 

12h15 – 13h00
Marina Otero
, Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Technologies of the Body Inside the Museum: From 'Fountain' to Gender-Neutral Public Bathrooms 

LunchBreak 13h00-14h15 

Section 3 - Chairmen : Roberto Zancan et Javier Fernandez Contreras, HEAD – Genève 

14h15 – 14h30 
Roberto Zancan, Lecturer, HEAD –  Genève
Scientific summary of interventions and papers presented 

14h30 – 14h45
Pierre LeguillonArtist, HEAD – Genève 
Restrooms of “Musée des Erreurs” 

14h45 – 15h00
Arun Pratap Mishra, 
PhD student,Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi 
Urban Innovation, Sanitation Facilities and Smart Cities : Case of Allahabad City, India  

15h00 – 15h15
Pierre Schaefer et Béatrice Deslarzes
, Artistes,Founders Fondation Bea pour Jeunes Artistes, Vessey 
« Les cacares », an ancestral institution 

Coffee Break 15h15 - 15h30

15h30 – 15h50 
Jordi de Gispert, 
architectUPM, Departamento de Proyectos, ETSAM, Madrid 
Systematisation of the shower:  From the curing instrument to the hygienic device  

15h50 – 16h10 
Maria Maddalena Margaria, 
Editor-in-Chief at INNER MAGAZINE 
Public Toilet as a place for Art  

16h10 – 16h30 
Andrés García Pruñonosa 

On the right. A look through the bathrooms of Le Corbusier 

16h30 – 17h00 
Collective discussion between guest speakers and young researchers 

17h00 – 17h15 
Javier Fernandez Contreras, 
Head of Interior Design DepartmentHEAD – Genève 
Closing speech 

Special Events  

17h15 – 18h00 
Jean Pierre Blanc,
Director Villa Noailles Hyères 
Presentation of the book “Stéphane Boudin-Lestienne et Alexandre Mare, Charles et Marie-Laure de Noailles. Mécènes du XXe siècle”  

18h00 – 18h15 
Franco Paracchini, 
Director Metis Presses 
Presentation of the book “L’architecture par l’intérieur”

Voir tous les événements de l’école

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