2018–2019 ArkDes Fellows
The inaugural ArkDes Call for Fellows, held between February and March 2018, attracted over 200 applications by practitioners, researchers, educators, artists and communicators. A total of six Fellows, selected by an international jury, will join ArkDes in September 2018.
While each application addressed the theme “Projecting the Future”, proposals covered a wide array of themes focused on future visions for tackling challenges in built and non-urban environments. An international jury comprising Behzad Khosravi Noori (Konstfack), Liza Fior (muf architecture and art), Maria Lind (Tensta Konsthall) and Nikolaus Hirsch (e-flux architecture) and chaired by ArkDes’ Director Kieran Long, collectively assessed proposals during a seminar at ArkDes in April 2018.
Projecting Futures for Exploited Environments: Staying with the Pit (of Malmberget, Sweden)
Karin Reisinger teaches at Vienna University of Technology (Institute of Art and Design) and a seminar entitled Feminist Ecologies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Institute of Art and Architecture). She previously undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in Critical Studies in Architecture at the KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm (2016-2017). Karin was key in organising the conference “Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies” (2016). During previous time in Sweden, she has investigated memories of mining societies with methods of feminist political ecologies. Her work has resulted in book chapters including Abandoned Architectures in Architecture and Feminisms (2018), “Connective Oscillations” in More (forthc. 2018), alongside exhibitions and presentations.
Jury Citations: In her application, Karin touches upon many of the themes that can be read in the wider body of Fellowship proposals. She explores adaptation, ecologies of place, feminist-indigenous-non human perspectives, and the repercussions of intensified extraction on the built and non-urban environment and social landscapes. Her work does this in both a broader macro context and at a micro scale; her project is geographically located in Malmberget, Sweden. The proposal is precise in addressing urgent issues for the future.
Al-Madhafah: The Living Room
Sandi Hilal, born in Bethlehem, Palestine, is based in Stockholm. Together with Alessandro Petti, Sandi has developed a research project based on artistic practice that is both theoretically ambitious and practically engaged in the struggle for justice and equality. In their practice, contemporary art exhibitions are concurrently a site of display, material production, research, and political imagination. The pair have participated in various international exhibitions, among them the Biennale di Venezia (2003-2008-2009-2013-2015), the Istanbul Design Biennial (2009), Home Works Beirut (2010), the Bienal de São Paulo (2014), the Asian Art Biennial (2015), the Marrakesh Biennial (2016), Qalandia International (2016), alongside others.
Jury Citations: Sandi Hilal’s project provides a forceful engagement with theory and practice, relating to the role of guest and host. It is instrumental in stretching beyond the study of migratory experience by following the stories of what happens to people once they cross borders, using Boden, Sweden, as a case study. The proposal has the potential to be transformative and enriching for ArkDes, allowing for new intersections of different stakeholders, activated by hospitality.
Sara Brolund de Carvalho/ Action Archive
Utopia in Action: Co-Housing in the Future?
Sara Brolund de Carvalho is an artist, filmmaker, architect and educator based in Stockholm. She is currently the project leader for Grannskapskontoret (the neighbourhood office), a one year “youth shop” in Hökarängen, Stockholm, focusing on local civic engagement and urban planning. Since 2013 she has been leading the research group “Action Archive”, together with researchers at the School of Architecture). They have developed participatory historical records through public actions that bring together diverse actors and a public around urban cultural, historical, and political issues by employing experimental research formats such as witness seminars, walks, films, re-enactments, and collective time-space mappings.
Jury Citations: Sara Brolund de Carvalho’s proposal with Action Archive, a non-profit association dedicated to urban research through approaches of oral history and participatory historiography, provides a queer feminist perspective on future co-housing, and a dynamic approach to archiving and design to activate archives.
3°09 Collective: Alisha Morenike Fisher, Saphia Al-Haboubi, Andreea Samoila
Biomimicry design: The future of migration
Alisha Morenike Fisher is a British born Nigerian urban researcher and junior landscape architect based in London. She is intrigued by identity politics within the built environment. As a result of urban fabrics, issues of displacement, mobility and inequality, she set up her first solo-funded research project “African Cities” in 2016. She has worked in architecture studios in both Johannesburg and London, and is a recipient of the 2017 Humberside Society of Architecture prize for her graduate degree in architecture.
Saphia Al-Haboubi is a British born architectural assistant, with heritage in Iraq. She is interested in the ways in which people interact with architecture, and especially in inter-city environments and global-scale urban migration. Her projects attempt to tackle socio-political challenges and ways in which improvements can be brought into everyday lives through the built environment. Her work often considers the overarching effect that people have on the wider environment, and she is primarily interested in designing in an ethical and sustainable way.
Andreea Samoila is a Romanian architecture student based in Newcastle-Upon Tyne. She is a committee member of Northumbria’s Architecture Society, and has co-curated lecture series and a student build project that will be realised in summer 2018. Her interests lie in temporary/interactive architecture, product design, and urbanism, and how they can have a social impact. Her work is also focused on creative writing, readings on film theory, script writing, and philosophy. Her interests lie in how palimpsests, adaptations, and cross-disciplinary projects can inform better designs that accommodate climate change.
Jury Citations: Alisha Morenike Fisher, Saphia Al-Haboubi, and Andreea Samoila of the collective 3°09 are an emerging, ambitious group finding clarity as facilitators of social change and the built environment. Their proposal for the ArkDes Fellowship addresses global planetary and political concerns, surrounding present and future climate and migration challenges and solutions – but is also embedded within a Swedish context.
About ArkDes research
In accordance with the Swedish government’s new policy for designed living environments (Politik för gestaltad livsmiljö (Prop. 2017/18:110)), ArkDes has been assigned the task to strengthen knowledge on, and promote interest in, architecture, form and design values and significance for both individuals and social development at large (s 26). In order to work with this new task, ArkDes has received additional funding for research to increase knowledge on how architecture and planning impact people and society. Opening within the new research program is the opportunity for four guest researchers (Fellows) to spend six months at ArkDes as part of an annual ArkDes Fellowship. The aim is to broaden discussion and collaboration in building new knowledge on how architecture and design can contribute to finding solutions for complex urban and societal challenges.