Recorded Lectures


How can we imagine architecture and building in order to learn to live with a wounded planet and to recover from patriarchal colonial capitalist violence?

Radicalising Care:

Feminist cultural theorist, professor, urban researcher, curator and author Elke Krasny discussed with the artist Jelena Micic her body of work, with the special emphasis on the artwork Twisting by the Pool, which is on view as part of the exhibition Heigh-ho, within which framework the talk took place.

Jelena Micić (*1986, Knjaževac) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2020) at the Textual sculpture class (Mentor Heimo Zobernig). MA in Philosophy (2012) and Graduated philologist of Scandinavian languages (2010) University of Belgrade. Awarded Dimitrije Bašičević Mangelos Award (2021), Würdigungspreis der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien for Excellent Artistic Theses (2020), Ö1 Talentestipendium Bildende Kunst (2018) and kültür gemma! Fellowship (2018). Her works are in the Collection of the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport in Austria (Artothek des Bundes), Collection of the City of Vienna, Kupferstichkabinett der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna, The Homeland Museum in Knjaževac and private collections. Founder of the informal group UMETNIK*.

Elke Krasny is Professor for Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is a feminist cultural theorist, urban researcher, curator, and author. Krasny’s scholarship addresses questions of ecological and social justice at the present historical conjuncture with a focus on caring practices in architecture, urbanism, and contemporary art. Together with Angelika Fitz, she edited Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet together (MIT Press, 2019). Her forthcoming book Living with an Infected Planet. Covid-19 Feminism and the Global Frontline of Care develops a feminist perspective on imaginaries of war and realities of care in pandemic times.

Video by Anezka Jaburkova
Graphic design and Images by Kristyna Jordanova
Music by Petr Ludvik

Elke Krasny contributed the Lecture Realities of Care: On Interdependence in Architecture:

Ecologies of Curating
The risk of global catastrophe and the intensification of inequality characterize the conditions of living with a broken and infected planet. More than ever, curating is challenged with developing new modes of practice that will enable meaningful social and environmental encounters and create lasting and transformative relations. What are the examples for this? How do we avoid greenwashing and carewashing, and instead establish meaningful and effective ecologies of curating? What do we need to make that happen? Elke Krasny will present the outcomes of the Ecologies of Curating collective workshop that was organized as part of EKO 8.
Organizers: Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, Maribor Art Gallery (UGM)

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As part of the Quarantine Dialogues with Dust at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, Virtual Seminar, Elke Krasny gave a lecture on Critical Care-Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet. The virtual seminar was held on April 2, 2021.

Organizado por el grupo de investigación Espacio Urbano y Tecnologías de Género junto al programa de Arte: Producción e Investigación
Elke Krasny gave a lecture on: Urban Care. Gendered Dimensions of Economy, Ecology, and Labor:

Elke Krasny, Iconic Moves. Regeneration + Reproduction. Lecture at the International Symposium On Power in Architecture, Ljubljana, September 26, 2019
The programme is organized by Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory in collaboration with Mateja Kurir and is supported by MAO, Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, and ERSTE Foundation.

Urban change throughout the 1980s and 1990s was marked by processes of deindustrialization. Cities, and entire regions, suffered a decline in productive industrial activity. As factories or plants closed down, a new type of architecture moved in with style. Urban regeneration was premised on the promise of the icon or the landmark. Ranging from corporate headquarters to museums, universities to football stadiums, opera houses to convention centres, markets to airports, architecture served the global economy by promoting iconic experiences. How is such experience produced, and, most importantly, how is it reproduced on the daily level? This lecture examines such iconic moves in architecture as they complexly interconnect urban regeneration and daily reproduction. Looking at the effective and affective dimensions of such iconic moves of architecture under neoliberal capitalism, we raise the questions what urban regeneration means and how it is maintained through reproduction. Focusing on the material dimension of architecture, the economy of production and the economy of reproduction are considered as equally relevant.

Iconic Moves: Regeneration + Reproduction

A Public Lecture by Elke Krasny at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
In medical terms critical care, also known as intensive care, is a specialized branch of medicine dedicated to diagnosing and treating life-threatening conditions. For this lecture, this term is borrowed to address the planet’s life-threatening condition. Throughout the twenty-first century the condition of the use planet has made headlines. The news is not good. The diagnosis is bleak. We have come to understand that the Anthropocene-Capitalocene is straining the planet to its breaking point. The planet we live on and we live with is exhausted, drained, depleted, damaged, broken. Therefore, the planet is urgently in need of critical care to repair livability and inhabitability and to restore its condition for its continued existence in the future.

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