Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh, 1970

Earth Objects: Topology, Experiments, Jurisdictions is a public seminar that “[...] gathers images and materials that activate the notion of topology as both an object and a method through which to investigate physical and political territories and the events that constitute them. Italian theorist Sandro Mezzadra argues that the image of ‘Fortress Europe’ prevents us from grasping the complex forces that operate in contemporary movements of migration. The challenge of understanding these spaces he argues, is both political and aesthetic, requiring a shift from topographical to topological understanding. How might aesthetic and object-oriented approaches to spatial production construct a different understanding of these complex territories? Artist and writer Nabil AHMED examines the event of the cyclone in Bangladesh as a force through which to assemble the political anew; artist and cultural theorist Susan SCHUPPLI uses forensic analysis of dust from the World Trade Centre to reflect upon that space, event and its political refractions. This seminar will explore how such ‘earth objects’ might provide another way of perceiving the topological forces at work in contemporary European political spaces. [...]”

Public Seminar with Nabil Ahmed and Susan Schuppli from Centre for Research Architecture: A Laboratory for Critical Spatial Practice, Goldsmiths College, London
Introduction and Moderation: Susan Kelly
March 20, 2012, 19.00
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Weiherburggasse 13
6020 Innsbruck
- admission free-

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen:
A Laboratory for Critical Spatial Practice, Goldsmiths College, London: