Conferences and Publications


facing the abyss
CONFERENCE –  19th Annual Conference of Historical Materialism
November 10-13 2022

Rose-Anne Gush presented research at the 19th annual conference of Historical Materialism, titled Facing the Abyss, an epoch of permanent war and counter revolution. 

Shane Boyle: The Rule of Unnecessary Men: On Art and Supply Chain Automation

Rose-Anne Gush: Instability of Form after the Global Turn

Jennifer Warren: New Institutions? Legacies of the “Progressive” Art Institutions of the 2000s

Chair: Roberto Mozzachiodi




CONFERENCE – 5 Year Anniversary of the VALIE EXPORT Centre

November 10 2022

Rose-Anne Gush was invited to speak at the 5 year anniversary of the VALIE EXPORT Centre

Her talk was titled QUESTIONS. It addressed VALIE EXPORT’s Fragebogen, or “artists’ inquiry” from 1975, that was sent to some of the participants in preparation for her exhibition, MAGNA, Feminismus und Kunst, answered by at least 20 figures including but not limited to, authors, Elfriede Jelinek, Friedericke Mayröcker, Elfriede Gerstl, filmmaker Anna Ambrose, artists, Birgit Jürgenssen, Maria Lassnig and Charlotte Wolff. This was addressed in relation to a wider history and contextualisation of the method of the “worker’s inquiry” – Marx’s from 1880, and its legacy in Italy in the 1960s and 70s, institutional critique, and feminism’s encounter with the canon. 



Panel three (“Pedagogy”) discussion with Dubravka Sekulić, Ross Exo Adams and Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco.

Panel three (“Pedagogy”) discussion with Dubravka Sekulić, Ross Exo Adams and Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco.


CONFERENCE – Curatorial Design

Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal, Canada

September 24 2022

The one-day public conference brought together critical provocations cultivated and expanded upon during the project through activating Curatorial Design as practice and establishing the Public School for Architecture [Öffentliche Bauschule]. The public conference took place at the CCA, a partner institution. The program reflected the three overlapping areas of research in the project with a panel dedicated to each – practice, publics, and pedagogy – to share the research outcomes and implications in these areas while opening them to responses from invited guests and the audience.

Wilfried Kuehn welcomed the presenters and audience and Dubravka Sekulić introduced the activities of Curatorial Design. Panel one-practice– brought into discussion Mark Lee and Wilfried Kuehn. Panel two – publics – took place as a conversation between Talia Dorsey and Francesco Garutti moderated by Anousheh Kehar. Panel three – pedagogy – opened space for Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco and Ross Exo Adams to share their practice and was moderated by Dubravka Sekulić. The panels were followed by a plenary discussion moderated by Gili Merin. 

Curatorial Design Project/IZK 

Participants:Wilfried Kuehn and Anousheh Kehar. 

Authors: Wilfried Kuehn, Gili Merin, Dubravka Sekulić, and Anousheh Kehar.



PUBLICATION – What is the Spatial Form of the Future?
Rachele Alborghetti
What is the relationship between space and memory? Is it something subjective, does it depend on emotions, on sensations, on images…? Is there a way to find a spatial feature that might represent collectively and not, our idea of the future?
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.



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PUBLICATION – The European Dream

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:

Arzu Alioğlu, Nicole Antunovic, Gagandeep Bhatti, Rose-Anne Gush, Elsa Karvanen, Budour Khalil, Alena Viola Köstl, Anastasiia Kutsova, Abdelrahman Elbashir, Farnoosh Namaziyan, Sali Ren, Ana Patrícia Silva Varão Moreira
With help from Christina Chalmers and Federico Campagna


CONFERENCE – Life of Crops. Towards an Investigative Memorialization


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.



Exhibiting Matters - Exploring Other Formats

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