Curatorial Research and Theory

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.


8th Belgrade International Architecture Week
18-30 April 2013

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.


13-24 February 2013

DavidBergé©Joeri Thiry, STUK Kunstencentrum-1_1000pxl

In 1911 Le Corbusier made a reversed ‘Grand Tour’ to the Orient. Starting out in Berlin he travelled to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Istanbul, Athens, Napels, Rome and back home to La Chaux-de Fonds. The English translation turned his Voyage d’Orient intoThe Journey to the East. In 2011 Elke Krasny (AT) and David Bergé (BE) travelled to Athens, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome and Vienna and had conversations with local activists, architects, artists and intellectuals focusing on the urban characteristics and transformation, on monuments and the ideologically loaded terms East and the Orient. Le Corbusier’s voyage reORIENTed 1911-2011, follows these narratives: Elke Krasny composed a multivoiced text-based installation and David Bergé a photographic exploration, aiming to capture transitional contemporary urbanities in a complex dialogue between text and image.

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Photos of the Installation by Joeri Thiry, STUK Kunstencentrum


Doing Art in the Public Realm

The shadows cast by the past are growing longer. The identifications with the present time are shattered by numerous fault lines. In the context of globalized artistic and cultural production, history becomes both, a circulating resource and a challenge to specifically address the local. Continue reading…

Le Corbusier’s Voyage Re-orient-ed 1911:2011 Ein Reisebericht von Elke Krasny und David Bergé Eröffnung am Freitag, 23. November 2012, 19 Uhr kunsthaus muerz Wiener Straße 35, 8680 Mürzzuschlag Ausstellungdauer  : 24.11.2012–27.1.2013 Continue reading…

Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012 by Elke Krasny, curator, and Alexander Schuh, graphic designer, is part of the exhibition Common Ground curated by David Chipperfield Padiglione Centrale, 13. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, La Biennale di Venezia 2012, 29. 8.–25. 11. 2012


2012, Saturday 3 November // As part of the ‘Meetings on Architecture’ at the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture, Theatrum Mundi/Global Street was invited to curate a programme of events that would bring our new urban forum to bear on the discussions, debates, ideas and exhibits from ​Common Ground.




My Lecture “On Urban Curating. Sharing and Caring – Ethics and Desires in the Public Realm” will take place in Kiev at the Cinema Hall on the GogolFest territory, Vydubychy, Sep 29, 1pm – 3pm, Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, part of the program “SEARCH: Other spaces”

Лекція Елке Красни “Про урбаністичне кураторство”
CSM (Фундація Центр Сучасного Мистецтва)
в рамках дискусійної платформи ПРОСТОРИ ВЗАЄМОДІЇ
запрошує на лекцію австрійської кураторки
Елке Красни
Про урбаністичне кураторство.
Спільне використання та відповідальність – етика та бажання в публічній сфері
29 вересня, субота, 13:00
(Кінозал на території ГогольFest, Видубичі)

Szenario lebenswerte Stadt | Scenario liveable City
Hands-On Urbanism 1850-2012

DQE-Hlle, Heliostraße 35–37, Ehrenfeld
Open: 21.09, 18–22, Eröffnung | 22.28.09. 13–21 Uhr

So 23.09., 18 Uhr, Vortrag Hands-On Urbanism von Elke Kransy (Kuratorin)
anschl. Gespräch mit Pablo Molestina (Architekt, Professor an der FH Düsseldorf)