space. body. politics.

SYMPOSIUM | Lina Bo Bardi. Educating Spaces.

Posted on 2013/05/29

On occasion of the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” at The AZW Vienna, the symposium “Lina Bo Bardi. Educating Spaces” will take place at May 29, 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
The precedence of Lina Bo Bardi’s work as an architect is the entrypoint in which the symposion addresses cultural spaces allowing for emanicaptory education and the expression of difference and heterogeneity. The speakers of “Educating Spaces” address timely issues of critical architectural, artistic and educational practice for contemporary multi-ethnic societies in global transition. The symposium will be held in English language.

LECTURE | Florentina Hausknotz: Stadt? ZeitRaum und Form der Taktik. Subversive Kreativität

Posted on 2013/05/29

Florentina Hausknotzs Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Politische und Interkulturelle Philosophie. Sie lebt und arbeitet als Autorin in Wien und interessiert sich vor allem für die übergänge philosophischen Denkens zur Kunst und zum Leben. Über ihre aktuelle Publikation “Stadt denken – Über die Praxis der Freiheit im urbanen Zeitalter” schreibt der Transcript Verlag: “Die Philosophie als methodische Verunsicherung nutzend, unternimmt sie den Versuch, Stadt entgegen herrschender Diskurse und Praktiken neu zu denken: als autonomen Raum mit unzähligen Formen der Aneignung.
Das Buch geht mit Immanuel Wallerstein das Risiko eines revolutionären Denkens ein und lässt in der Konfrontation von Mike Davis und Hannah Arendt oder Kwasi Wiredu und Gilles Deleuze die Grenzen der Philosophie als akademische Disziplin fraglich werden.”

Am 29.05.2013 hält Hausknotz einen Vortrag zum Thema “Stadt? ZeitRaum und Form der Taktik. Subversive Kreativität” an der Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien:

ART IN PUBLIC SPACE | Jakob Lena Knebl: Schwule Sau

Posted on 2013/05/12

Am 14.Mai 2013 wird die temporäre Installation “Schwule Sau” von Jakob Lena Knebl am Morzinplatz in Wien präsentiert. Zur Vernissage im öffentlichen Raum sprechen: Lilli Hollein (KÖR-Jurypräsidentin), Miriam Kathrein (Kunsttheoretikerin und Kuratorin), Sandra Frauenberger (Amtsführende Stadträtin für Integration, Frauenfragen, KonsumentInnenschutz und Personal). Jakob Lena Knebl wird anwesend sein.

OPENING: May 14, 2013 | 5 p.m.
VENUE: Morzinplatz, 1010 Vienna
TEMPORARY INSTALLATION: Jakob Lena Knebl: Schwule Sau
DATE: May 15 – November 10, 2013


Photo credits: “Oskar”, Digiprint, 2013, part of installation “Schwule Sau” (faggot), Kör

FESTIVAL | Verschlusssache

Posted on 2013/05/07

The number of people seeking asylum in Austria increases each year, yet little is known about these asylum seekers’ living conditions. Therefore brut Vienna has organized a three-day program, which will concentrate on the subject of ´Fleeing and Displacement` – it`s not for free, but come around and “Pay what you can”.
There`s for example the performance DANEBEN. Performed for the first time three years ago on the brut stage, the artists Michikazu Matsune and David Subal will search for the asylum seekers they portraied back then, in May 2013 again: Where are they now, and what have they experienced in the meantime?
Fleeing and displacement in the arts are the topic of The Verschlusssache event series, which include lectures, and a panel discussion. There`ll also be film screenings and a party to conclude the project.

Rapid Urbanization in Istanbul: Ekümenopolis.

Posted on 2013/04/22

After London and Moscow, Istanbul with its nearby 15 million inhabitants, is the third largest city in Europe and makes up the biggest city in Turkey with 20% of the country`s population. Istanbul`s rapid urbanization and its neoliberal transformation, that shifted planning priorities, are discussed in the documentary Ecümenopolis: City without limits *, directed by İmre Azem. The film does not only focus on issues around transportation challenges, which have arose due to the city`s urbanization throughout the last years, but also questions the transformation process and its dynamics. Interviews with experts, academics, writers, investors, city-dwellers and community leaders make the film become a holistic experience.

[...] The neoliberal transformation that swept through the world economy during the 1980’s, and along with it the globalization process that picked up speed, brought with it a deep transformation in cities all over the world. For this new finance-centered economic structure, urban land became a tool for capital accumulation, which had deep effects on major cities of developing countries. In Istanbul, which already lacked a tradition of principled  planning, the administrators of the city blindly adopted the neoliberal approach that put financial gain ahead of people’s needs; everyone fought to get a piece of the loot; and the result is a megashantytown of 15 million struggling with mesh of life-threatening problems.