Conferences and Publications
PUBLICATION – GAM 14: Exhibiting Matters
The fields of art and architecture are currently witnessing an expansion of the exhibitionary complex: permanent and temporary exhibition spaces proliferate, blending with sites of consumption. Responding to this development, GAM.14 focusses on the act of exhibiting, which reconfigures the spatial limitations of the exhibition, thus creating dynamic sites of contestation and political confrontation. GAM.14 is a collection of current positions from the disciplines of art and architecture assembled around the conceptual effort to distinguish the act of exhibiting from exhibition, opening the potential of exhibiting as an exploratory space to address urgent social and political challenges of our time.
With contributions byBart De Baere, Ivana Bago, Ana Bezić, Nicolas Bourriaud, Maria Bremer, Ekaterina Degot, Ana Dević, Anselm Franke, Andrew Herscher, Christian Inderbitzin, Branislav Jakovljević, Sami Khatib, Wilfried Kuehn, Nicole Lai Yi-Hsin, Bruno Latour, Ana María León, Armin Linke, Antonia Majača, Doreen Mende, Ana Miljački, Museum of American Art in Berlin, Vincent Normand, Christoph Walter Pirker, Dubravka Sekuli, Antje Senarclens de Grancy, Katharina Sommer, Anna-Sophie Springer, Barbara Steiner, Kate Strain, Žiga Testen, Milica Tomić, Etienne Turpin, What, How & for Whom/WHW
CONFERENCE IN THE FRAMEWORK OF ‘AFLENZ MEMORIAL IN BECOMING’ CONCEIVED BY ARTIST MILICA TOMIĆ
8–9 November 2019, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Seeing World War II and National Socialism as the moment in which colonial practices return to the European continent enables an understanding of how this moment continues to inform realities that define current everyday practices. Evolving from the vibrant and manifold agency of soil, the conference “Life of Crops” seeks to unfold the memory of war and labor within the earth, starting from the repressed history of the labor camp Aflenz in the south of Austria, established between 1944 and 1945. The cross-analysis of soil reveals its performative agency for building ideological hierarchies of class and race through the relations of labor and property ownership. The colonial condition of the soil turns it into a living archive, a landscape bearing all layers of ambivalence, shifting between life and genocide.
The conference “Life of Crops: Towards an Investigative Memorialization” will take place at the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria on 8th and 9th November 2019. It is a foundational component of a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project established by artist Milica Tomić that considers memorialization as a living investigative process of reassembling, actualizing, and activating knowledge in the present.
To create such a setting we would like to bring established thinkers and practitioners working on key topics of the conference together with an inspiring younger generation of researchers.
Aspiring to engender an environment of unexpected alliances, the main pillars of this conference will be Soil, Labor, Property, Science/Technology, and Archaeology. “Life of Crops” strives to provide a setting for this marginally considered constellation of research across time and geographical contexts while fostering theoretical, scientific, and artistic thought and analytical practices.
A collaboratively written script and performance produced within the IZK MA seminar: Through the Looking Glass, the Realities We Found There, led by Rose-Anne Gush:
This is explored in the work “What is the spatial form of the future?” through a process that is led in three different steps and takes into account different sources and opinions. In the first part, “conversations with strangers”, the main aim is to see if there is a relation in between space and emotions, by earring and sharing stories and feelings. The second one explores the idea of memory and space, getting closer to the notion of time though “a collection of works” of different types. Finally the conclusion aims to understand what all this work led to, without giving a real answer but helping in some way to realise how the space around us is important and strongly linked with the idea of collective memory.