Kuratorische Praxis + Theorie

| Conference | Edinburgh College of Art Evolution House 
| 78 Westport, EH1 2LE


DAY ONE: Thursday 27th March

PANEL 1: Mid-20thC Europe  
Jo Applin (session keynote), Marking Time/Making Time
Giovanna Zapperi, Challenging Feminist Art History: Carla Lonzi’s Divergent Paths
Francesco Ventrella, The Temporalities of the ‘Feminaissance’

PANEL 2: US-UK Contexts
Hilary Robinson (session keynote) 
Andrew Hardman, Lee Krasner and the Pollock-Krasner Studio
Amy Tobin, A Group Show of Our Own: Collaboration and Exchange in Womanhouse (Los Angeles) and A Woman’s Place (London)
Becky Bivens, The V-Girls, 1989-1996

PANEL 3: Interdisciplinary Practices
Chair: Kuang (Vivian) Sheng
Suzanne van Rossenberg, Queer art is about creating the possibility to say no to the dominant hetero-normative economic and political structures of art. Or yes. But to at least write a story about it that replaces an older one.
Rachel Lyon, Empathetic Embodiment: A Response to the Proposals of Lygia Clark
Angela Dimitrakaki, Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative (Manchester of University Press, 2013)

DAY TWO: Friday 28th March

PANEL 4: Curating: Practice & Theory I
Katja Kobolt (session keynote), The Living Archive and facets of feminist curating
Ceren Ozpinar, The Art Historical Dynamics of Gender: An Exhibition of ‘Women Artists’
Victoria Horne, Spotlight: Tate

PANEL 5: Curating: Practice & Theory II
Lara Perry (session keynote), The Visibility of the Feminist Curator
Elke Krasny, Curator-as-Carer: Towards a Feminist Historiography of Curating
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Introducing Suzy Lake: The Self in the Age of Selfies


| Hosted by The Centre for City Ecology with Urbanspace Gallery
| Curated by Elke Krasny

| Urbanspace Gallery
| 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Canada
| Richmond and Spadina


Exhibition | 01.09.2014 – 03.07.2014
Keynote  | Fri 02.28.2014 | URBANSPACE GALLERY


“The right to the city is like a shout and a demand”, wrote Henri Lefebvre in the 1960s.

The exhibition “Hands-On Urbanism. How to Make A Difference” is devoted to a history of ideas of appropriating land in urban space and reveals potential for initiatives by citizens willing to take action in crisis situations. The presentation is based upon a critical history of ideas about the politics of space. Urban development from below leads to an informal and self-organized production of city, which, however never operates outside the system. Self-organization has always been both a reaction to and an incentive for urban planning.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the symposium “Hands-On Urbanism. How to Make a Difference” brings together activists, architects, artists and landscape planners. In times of crises, austerity measures, and increasing spatial and social injustice, new alignments have to be forged. This different history of urban transformation and the city raises pressing questions about the responsibility of architects and planners and about how we use resources.

The symposium is conceived of as both an exchange of ideas and case studies and a collaborative working towards the production knowledge. A keynote lecture by Elke Krasny on Friday, 02.28.2014, will give a historiographic overview on Hands-On Urbanism since the mid-19th century. Practitioners, architects, curators and community organizers, will share their work from a practical standpoint and talk about challenges they are currently facing which require them to think outside the box and to enter into new, and at times unexpected, alignments and collaborations.

A symposium will take place on Saturday, 03.01.2014. Participants include Adrian Blackwell [Waterloo], Anan Lololi [Afri-can FoodBasket, Toronto], Lucia Babina [Milan & Ibiza] and the community of Brant, Brigitte Shim [Toronto], Arturo Ortiz Struck [Mexico City], Elke Krasny [Vienna], Mark Poddubiuk [Montreal], and Aziza Chaouni [Toronto]. The first discussion will be dedicated to the issues of “The Right to Green”, the second discussion will focus on “Hands-On Strategies”.

Curator: Elke Krasny
Exhibition graphic design: Alexander Schuh




| Neue Formen der Recherche und Wissensproduktion
| Workshop im Münchner Stadtmuseum, 20.03.-21.03.2014

Museum ist nie statisch gewesen. Immer schon waren seine Verantwortlichen gefordert, Bestände für die jeweilige Gegenwart relevant zu machen und Sammlungen gemäß den Veränderungen der Zeit weiterzuentwickeln. Nun finden wir uns derzeit offensichtlich in einer Phase der kritischen Reflexion, was die Dokumentation, Deutung und Präsentation von Bestand, aber auch was die Neuorientierung in den Fragestellungen und Bildregimen anbelangt. Eine in diesem Zusammenhang zu beobachtende, verstärkte Zusammenarbeit zwischen Museumsschaffenden und externen Expertinnen/Experten aus den Bereichen Wissenschaft, Kunst und Vermittlung hat neue Formen der Befragung und Recherche mit sich gebracht und zu neuen Konstellationen und Einsichten geführt. Wir möchten am Beispiel von vier Ausstellungen deren Methoden und Arbeitspraxen analysieren und die Chancen, aber auch die Herausforderungen und Widersprüche derartiger Vorhaben diskutieren.

Wir werden folgende Projekte besprechen: Movements of Migration, Kunstverein Göttingen (2013), The Subjective Object – Von der (Wieder-)Aneignung anthropologischer Bilder, GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (2012), Stadt und Frauen. Eine andere Topographie von Wien, Wienbibliothek im Rathaus (2008/09) und Asyl Stadtmuseum, Stadtmuseum München (2013/14).


Abb.: Ausstellung Asyl Stadtmuseum. Die Ausstellungsmacherinnen Pèlagie Gbaguidi und Stefanie Oberhoff auf ihrer Entdeckungsreise durch das Münchner Stadtmuseum © Münchner Stadtmuseum

Elke Krasny, Kuratorin und Senior Lecturer an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (A)
Bettina Habsburg-Lothringen, Leiterin Museumsakademie Joanneum, Graz (A)

Ort | Münchner Stadtmuseum, München (D)
Kosten | 180 €, ermäßigt 150 €
Anmeldung und Info | Museumsakademie Joanneum
T +43 (0) 316/8017-9805, Fax -9808

Workshop der Museumsakademie des Univeralmuseum Joanneum in Kooperation mit dem Münchner Stadtmuseum
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| Gespräch zur Kunst im öffentlichen Raum
| Donnerstag, 30. Jänner 2014, von 16 bis 22 Uhr
| im Kunstraum Niederoesterreich
| Herrengasse 13, 1014 Wien

Vorträge und Gespräche mit

Khan Adalat / Flüchtlingsaktivist, Refugees Protest Camp Vienna
Clifford Erinmwionghae / Flüchtlingsaktivist, Refugees Protest Camp Vienna
Rachel Garfield / Künstlerin und Autorin, London
Marissa Lôbo / Künstlerin und Aktivistin, Wien
Anne Elizabeth Moore / Herausgeberin und Künstlerin, Chicago
Gabi Ngcobo / Kuratorin und Künstlerin, Johannesburg
Pelin Tan /Autorin und Kuratorin, Mardin

Kuratiert und moderiert von Elke Krasny



Self Made Urbanism Rome – intro
S.M.U.R. saloon #1 in der NGBK am Samstag, den 8. Juni 2013 // 20.30 Uhr
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Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
08.06.2013 – 08.09.2013, GfZK-2
Opening 07.06.2013, 7 pm

curated by Elke Krasny

an exhibition of the Architekturzentrum Wien


The research-based exhibition is dedicated to the history of the idea of appropriating land in urban space.
Since the shockwave of modernisation that accompanied industrialisation towns and cities worldwide have had to face some very significant challenges. City-dwellers have always found a number of solutions in crisis situations, they are involved in bottom-up urban development. Self-build and selforganisation, settlements and fruit and vegetable gardening lead to other forms of collective cohesion, neighbourliness and fair distribution. Another world can be planted, as today’s community gardeners are clearly showing.


Following many years of international research, the curator Elke Krasny presents 19 historical and contemporary case studies of bottom-up urban development in Chicago, Leipzig, Vienna, Bremen, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, Havana or Quito. They provide an overview of informal, self-organised collective movements and of the spaces that are created by them. The exhibition shows how decisively small projects have often led, and are still leading, to major changes.


‘Hands-on Urbanism’ introduces an alternative urban history, one that poses urgent questions about the responsibility of design for architects and planners, and the resource-logic of towns and cities. What do architects do in this process, and what can be learned from the bottom-up in this urban history? Its role ranges from initiative via activism to conducting research. How are urban planning authorities reacting to these developments? The spectrum ranges from the founding of a settlement regulatory agency, via infrastructural measures and tolerance, to measures of support from the authorities, but also the introduction of new laws and legal sanctioning in official urban plans. 


Hands-on Urbanism 1850 – 2012. The Right to Green was initiated and curated by Elke Krasny forArchitekturzentrum Wien.

Exhibition graphic: Alexander Schuh
Scenography: Alexandra Maringer













\ LECTURES \ 21.05.2013 – 20:00 \ CIVA Auditorium, Brussels
\ Introduction by Christophe Pourtois

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The exhibition Hands on Urbanism presents a series of contemporay and historical examples of ways in which cities worldwide have been dealing with landscapes in urban space.

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The basis of the exhibition are conversations with architects, artists, activists, researchers and intellectuals in Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome and Vienna. The cities’ distinct qualities, their architecture and their monuments, and the two terms of the Orient and the East triggered the dialogical exchanges.

The Cultural Centre of Belgrade
Knez Mihailova 6
11000 Belgrade, Serbia



Elke Krasny : Curating Architecture
02/07/2013 – 13:00 – 14:00

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto | 230 College Street | Room 103 | 1:00 PM
Toronto ON M5T 1R2 | CANADA


Exhibitions of architecture are at once discursive and aesthetic operations. As an aesthetic format, exhibitions are temporary and short-term. As a discursive exploration, exhibitions shape the making of architectural history, and equally important, contribute to the general understanding and the theorization of the field in its current discussions. Where then do we find architecture exhibited? A categorization reveals the large number of venues and their inherently different logics. We find architecture exhibited, or on display, in the long history of World Fairs and the comparatively short history, with specific regard to architecture, of Biennales. Architecture exhibitions are on show in specialized architectural museums, but also in city museums, museums of technology, and increasingly in museums of contemporary art. Architecture is exhibited to the public as part of large design competitions and on the walls of architecture schools. But is it actually architecture that is exhibited in these formats and venues? Or is it a challenge for both architects and curators to develop forms which architecture can take on in its exhibited state?

In this lecture, Elke will draw both on historic and contemporary references of exhibited architecture raising the question of how this process of curated communication is situated in-between architecture and the public. In the examples given Elke will show examples of her own work, specifically the research for “The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture” (Architecture Centre Vienna 2008) and “Penser Tout Haut. Faire l’Architecture” (Centre de Design, UQAM, Montréal). She will reflect on her own practice as a curator of architecture and urbanism to give an opportunity to discuss, what Elke would call, the conversational turn in curating and ways in which knowledge is produced actively in dialogue with others. Exhibitions are sites of exchange that require curators to (re)think and (re)shape the processes of knowledge production in dialogue with the architecture, and most importantly the architects.