| 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


| 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



| 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.


2013, Friday May 10,  6:00pm / presented by PublicsAffair + The Centre for the Spatial Realm

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