COURSE: Critical Spatial Practice (2019/20)

Semester I

Critical Spatial Practice* with Prof. Apolonija Šušteršič

Rom Gallery

Public lecture program proposed and run by students and professors. The aim of this course is to create a discursive space by presenting various practices that work within spatial domain; not necessarily only art practices also designers, urban planners, sociologists, geographers, political scientists etc.

*Critical Spatial Practice term was introduced by Jane Rendell in 2003, and in 2006 in Art and Architecture: A Place Between, she developed and consolidated the term as one that defined practices located at a three-way intersection: between theory and practice, public and private, and art and architecture. (…) the term aims to transpose the key qualities of critical theory – self-reflection and social transformation – into practice. Critical spatial practices are those, which seek to question and transform the social conditions of the sites into which they intervene, as well as test the boundaries and procedures of their own disciplines.

Partner: ROM for kunst og arkitektur

In collaboration with ROM Gallery - non profit organization, committed to promoting innovative art and architecture. ROM hosts exhibitions, lectures, conferences and organizes public art installations and events. The program is intended to engage emerging issues in contemporary art and architecture and generate a vibrant dialogue between disciplines. ROM has established itself an important role on the Norwegian art and architect scene through engaging and experimental projects.

SESSION I: Reading Session & Public Lecture with guest Elke Krasny Week 40: 2 October 2019

9.00 – 11.00 Talk with Cecilie Sachs Olsen (Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019, “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth”)

11.00 – 16.00 Reading session with Elke Krasny “A Phenomenology of whiteness” Feminist Theory by Sarah Ahmed

16.00 – 18.00 Public Lecture by Elke Krasny: “The Playground in Feminist and Decolonial Thought”

“With the general neoliberalization of life all work and no play has shifted to all play is work. Given the Oslo Triennale’s radical suggestion of linking new forms of play to the concept of degrowth, it is of interest to reflect on how taking back play can, or could, be a viable form of resistance against the biopolitical paradigm of neoliberal capitalism and its exhausting 24/7 ideology. (…) Who’s taking the children to the playground while parents are at work? Which parts of the world are considered their playground by those who are in power? How can we start envisioning or dreaming new forms of play given the historically gendered and racialized ideas of the playground?”

SESSION II: Workshop & Public Lecture with guest Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL) Week 40: 2 October 2019

09.00 – 15.00 Intentional communities born of shared practices workshop with Jeanne van Heeswijk

In this workshop we will map our belongings and the structures that support our local environments based off of small interactions, pulses that radiate through the location, creating an ever-changing ecosystem. Participants explore how patterns of inter-action can become ecosystems and societies.

16.00 – 18.00 Public lecture by Jeanne van Heeswijk: Training for the Not-Yet

"In our rapidly changing cities we must train ourselves to work collectively to imagine a just future with complexity and care, both militant and empathic.This requires setting up an open conflictious and radical inclusive process, which questions: How to collectively shape the places we live, influence the processes of design, regulations, policy making and take responsibility? How to engage in deep cultural exchanges among different communities? How to commit ourselves to other realities? Training ourselves in civic engagement, radical collectivity, and active empowerment, requires bringing together collaborators from various fields and communities to create and practice alternative imaginings of being together in the face of the pressing emergencies that shape the world today which is a steep learning curve full of political uncertainties for all involved."

SESSION III: EURAFRICA - Performative public debate

Week 48: 27 November

12.00 – 13.30 Welcome _ Lunch workshop

13.30 – 14.30 “Senegalese group” Performative conversation: game, collective mural drawing, video collage, etc.

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 17.00 Lecture: Gitte Villesen, talk & screenings & discussion

17.00 – 18.00 Book presentation: EURAFRICA* by Peo Hansen

18.00 – 19.00 Q & A with the Ataya

EURAFRICA*: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism, was written by Peo Hansen, and Stefan Jonsson, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.

Eurafrica refers to the inter- and postwar idea and concrete project of merging Europe and colonial Africa into a single geopolitical unit and world power. As a genuine political project, it played a crucial role in the early development of the European Union but was largely forgotten afterwards.

In the context of a renewed EU Strategy for Africa, and controversies about a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, certain aspects of the project has received renewed attention recently.