Symposium: Friday May 9 to Saturday May 10, 2014

Mind into Matter: Bodies and Responsive Space is a platform for the beginnings of an interdisciplinary exchange of critical scholarship and creative practice in the field of body-environment relationships. The three-part event to be held in May 2014 includes a symposium, exhibition, and performance, and engages practitioners from the arts, sciences, and design fields. A publication will document and extend the developing discussions and projects.

Volksküche – Communal Kitchen
Communal Kitchens look back onto a long and rich history. They function as central spaces and times of encounter during strikes, occupations, and as part of activist and social movements. These “Volksküchen” (kitchens of the people) provide sociability, hospitality, and the experiences of sharing food. In this paper I will trace the physical aspects of the temporary and mobile architectures of such kitchens, I will examine how they migrated conceptually into contemporary artistic practices, and I will look at issues of affective labor. (Elke Krasny)



Marcia F. Feuerstein (Virginia Tech)
Karen Bradley (University of Maryland)
Alan Macy (Biopac Inc. Santa Barbara)
Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo)
Derek Reilly (Dalhousie University)
Elke Krasny (Independent curator, Vienna)
Dorita Hannah (Aalto University, Helsinki)
Sharon Mansur (University of Maryland Architecture and Dance Programs)
The Installation by Sarah Bonnemaison (Dalhousie University) will include a performance by Mocean Dance, choreographed by Claire French (Simon Fraser University), and contributions from sound artist Lukas Pearse, computer scientist Derek Reilly, and composer Sandy Moore.

Symposium Organizer: Sarah Bonnemaison, Dalhousie Univerity

Location: The Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Medjuck Building, Dalhousie University
5410 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia



| Lecture and workshop by Elke Krasny
| WORLD OF ART – School for curators and critics of contemporary art, Season 15, 1st Year
| March 13 & 14, 2014
| SCCA Project room, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana

Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7 pm
SCCA Project space, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana

In recent spatial practices and engagement in urban transformation, debates have surrounded the putative master planning and the putative un-planning or un-planned. This opposition has been undisputedly at the heart of critical spatial practice and theory.

The title of this lecture proposes a paradox as its starting point: unplanned history. History eludes planning, it has already happened. Still, the notion of the unplanned, as the lecturer emphasizes, is not the only conduit into history. Quite on the contrary, the writing of history, as feminist and postcolonial scholarship have shown, needs care and planning.

Elke Krasny will position a different genealogy of feminist urban curating (largely unwritten) and feminist strategies for writing an urban history that otherwise will have remained untold and invisible. These two histories will be unfold in parallel as part of an ongoing exploration of critical spatial practices in urban curating and of feminist (proto-)curatorial models of conviviality and the writing of unwritten history.

The Woodsquat, Campers took to the sidewalk after Vancouver Police shut down the occupation inside, Vancouver, 2002

Presented examples will reflect these concerns from a historical and transnational perspective. Examples given will range from late-19th century feminism to artistic, curatorial and writing practices by Dolores Hayden, Suzanne Lacy and Lucy Lippard and some of Krasny’s own work as an urban curator.

Thursday & Friday, March 13 & 14, 2014
SCCA Project space, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana

In combination with the lecture, the workshop will look at the interrelations and interdependencies between critical practices of artistic production, curatorial approaches, issues of urban epistemology and research-based strategies. The focus will be on conviviality and care and on issues of vulnerability, resistance, knowing bodies of agency/(un)known bodies of writing.

The workshop will combine the format of a read-in with an urban walk through the Tabor neighborhood, which we will develop collectively. Texts will include writings by Elke Krasny (On The Urgent Need for Contemporary Action), Judith Butler (Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street) and Rosalyn Deutsche (Uneven Development: Public Art in New York City). Participants will receive texts after handed in application.

These events are part of the 2014 World of Art public programme, which is being prepared by the SCCA-Ljubljana and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory.

The programme is supported by: the City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture; ERSTE Foundation.

03 e 04/04: simpósio – Berlim/Salvador: Reapropriação Urbana Entre Marketing e Autoafirmação
Instituto Cultural Brasil-Alemanha
Salvador/Bahia,  Av. Sete de Setembro, 1809, Vitória, Brasil

folderBerlim-Salvador.Reapropriação Urbana Entre Marketing e Autoafirmação_

| 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 www.urbanspacegallery.ca Exhibition | 01.09.2014 – 03.07.2014 Keynote  | Fri 02.28.2014 | URBANSPACE GALLERY Symposium | Sat 03.01.2014 | JOHN H DANIELS FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN


“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

7. Februar 2014 | Pauluskirche am Campus Haspel, Wuppertal



10.00 – 10.30 | Silke Helfrich, Jena
10.30 – 11.00 | Elke Krasny, Wien
11.00 – 11.45 | Diskussion
Moderation: Guido Spars

12.15 – 12.45 | Tobias Goevert, London
12.45 – 13.15 | Philipp Misselwitz, Berlin
13.15 – 14.00 | Diskussion
Moderation: Christoph Grafe


15.00 – 15.30 | Judith Lösing, London
15.30 – 16.00 | Georg Franck, Wien
16.00 – 16.30 | Christian Schöningh, Berlin
16.30 – 17.15 | Diskussion
Moderation: Ulrich Königs


| CONTESTING SPACE II | Architecture as a Social Practice
| MVU // Fakulta architektury VUT Brno // Lecture Series 2013/2014

| On Urban Curating | 07/01 2014 | 18:00
| Lecture by Elke Krasny



Who Cares? Urban Curators at Work
Lecture by Elke Krasny

Curatorial Practice
Friday 13th of Dec. 7 pm
ZHdK Ausstellungsstrasse 30 Room 504


Contemporary urban life is marked by the imperatives of going public and becoming contemporary. Agency and urgency are inextricably intertwined. That which does not become public, is rendered inexistent. That which is not manifested in public, has barely any claim to agency. Those who do not exert their rights to the public, cease do participate in its contemporary production.

Public space – and public time – have been turned into the new urban frontier. Urban curators leave the traditional confines of museums, galleries, and art spaces behind. They make themselves part of the ambivalences, conflicts and contradictions inherently at work in the conditions of contemporary processes of urbanization. These are marked by neoliberalism, accelerated gentrification, prevailing crisis, austerity measures and inequality. They are equally marked by bottom-up strategies, diasporic belongings, migrating knowledges, right to the city movements, self-organization, and the struggles for social and spatial justice. In this lecture I will present an outline of a real-imagined historiography of urban curating and share some examples of my own research-based curatorial work in Vienna, Hong Kong, and Vancouver.


Eröffnungsvortrag von Elke Krasny 
Freitag, 04.10.2013, 19.30

plan 14 prolog – 03.–06.10.2013

Architektur im Kontext: Entwicklung urbaner Lebensräume
jenseits von Masterplan und Fassadendiskussion

Symposium mit Stadttour, Vorträgen, Präsentationen,
Dialogen und Debatten

DQE-Halle in Köln-Ehrenfeld
Heliosstraße 35-37, 50825 Köln

Download Programm als PDF



Vortrag beim beim Abschluss-Symposium “EXPERIMENTAL URBANISM”
der Urban Summer School (21.–29. September 2013)
28/09/2013, 17.30–20.00
Birker Bad Solingen, Birkenrstraße 57, 42651 Solingen