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Lecture: Live Curating in Architecture – From Master Houses to Working with a Broken Planet

How to exhibit something so big, so unmovable as architecture? Making architecture exhibitions is challenged by the absence of the object of architecture. Public lecture by professor Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna followed by a panel discussion.

Much exhibition making still relies on the historical triad of drawing, plan, and model making use of the remnants left behind in the wake of the architectural design process.

But what about curating architecture? What about live curating in architecture? The lecture explores two different sites: the Master Houses, icons of modernism in Dessau, Germany, and the Open Centre/Free Middle, an urban wilderness on former railway lands currently transformed into a new urban neighborhood in Vienna. From these sites we will learn that live curating in architecture reveals the conditions of capital, technology, ecology, and labor architecture is a response to and an expression of. Moving from progress-centric Modernism to the Anthropocene-violence of our present moment, live curating engages the scale of 1:1 and performs architecture rather than turning it into a show.

Public lecture by professor Elke Krasny, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna followed by a panel discussion with professor Elke Krasny, Thordis Arrhenius, associate professor KTH School of Architecture and Christina Pech, research coordinator and lecturer, ArkDes. Moderated by Roemer van Toorn, professor at UMA / Umeå School of Architecture.

Elke Krasny is professor for Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She holds a PhD from the University of Reading, UK. Her research connects contemporary art, architecture, urbanism, memory studies, and feminisms. She explores curatorial formats including research-based exhibitions, field work, conversations, collective writing, reading groups, the public feminist forum, or care walks. In 2012, she was a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Curatorial works include: Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet, with Angelika Fitz, at Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna Austria 2019, Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in Feminist Curatorial Thought, shown in the framework of the 2016 AHRA Conference Architecture & Feminisms at KTH Stockholm, In Reserve! The Household with Regina Bittner at Bauhaus Dessau 2015, and Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012.The Right to Green, Venice Biennale for Architecture, 2012.

In Aula ArkDes. In English.


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