SYMPOSIUM: Public(s) & Participation (2015/16)

Semester I; 12-14 November, 2015

PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE – Listening, Translating and Curating

Guests: Jeanne van Heeswijk (Rotterdam), Susanne Hofmann/ Die Baupiloten (Berlin), Stina Nyberg & Sofia Wiberg (Stockholm), Elke Krasny (Vienna)

The two-day symposium aims to reexamine the issue of participation in contemporary art and architecture practices. In recent decades, art’s and architecture’s engagement with concerned publics and communities have manifested in a wide range of ways. These participatory efforts have also been frequently criticized by political scientists, geographers, planning theorists, architects, artists and art theorists: instead of creating more democratic spatial processes and outcomes, it has been argued that citizen dialogue processes fail to have long-lasting effects or even become complicit in the agenda of neoliberal urban redevelopment. Against these criticisms, it can instead be argued that a range of participatory possibilities exist today that might fruitfully be explored, even if the outcomes of such exploration are not immediately calculable.This symposium attempts to contrast views that either look at short-term utilitarian solutions or take their point of departure in negative or dystopian lines of thinking about collaboration – to reread “participation”" through the concepts of translation, listening and urban curating; concepts which demand the unearthing of alternative approaches to participatory practice.

The symposium will utilize various formats, including keynote lectures, reviews of projects, participatory research actions and roundtables.

Time:

November 12th – 13th 2015

Place:

Malmö Inter Arts Centre, http://www.iac.lu.se

PROGRAM:

Thursday 12 November 2015

12.00

Lunch

Welcome and introduction by Apolonija Šušteršič

13.00

Rehearsals

Presentation of Rehearsals by Sofia Wiberg, a work with Petra Bauer

Workshop by Sofia Wiberg and Stina Nyberg

with an introduction on listening by Meike Schalk

Fika

16.00

Urban Curating

presentation and workshop by Jeanne van Heeswijk

with an introduction on curating by Elke Krasny

Break

19.00

Dinner

23.00

Dumpster Diving activity with Marie Skeie and students from Oslo National Academy of the Arts - Department for Art & Public Space

Friday 13 November 2015

9.00

Coffee

9.30

Presentation of the findings from the Dumpster Diving nightly action

10.00

Architecture is Participation

presentation and workshop by Susanne Hofmann

with an introduction on translating by Gunnar Sandin

13.00

Concluding lunch discussion

Launching a call of articles to be peer-reviewed for a special number on ‘Listening Translating

Curating – Urban Practices of Greater Connectedness’ to be published by field journal,

www.field-journal.org

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