Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!

Eyal Weizman: Future Archeology
Sunday, 23 November 19h, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

In his lecture at the Städelschule Eyal Weizman investigates the conflicts and contradictions within contemporary spatial practice. Referring to his book "Hollow Land" and his most recent project "The Lesser Evil" he discusses the notion of political agency as one of the key questions of the current cultural debate.

London-based Eyal Weizman is one of the most prolific figures in the ongoing renegotiation of cultural agency. As the founder and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College in London he has initiated a „Roundtable“ that involves a variety of curators, architects and artists. Before this role, Weizman was Professor of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His books include „A Civilian Occupation“ (Verso Books, 2003) and „Hollow Land“ (Verso Books, 2007. Weizman is a regular contributor to many journals and magazines and is an editor at large for Cabinet Magazine (New York). Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007. As a curator he has co-organized „Territories“ (KW Berlin, 2003, with Anselm Franke). Most recently his work has been shown at Manifesta 7 and Brussels Biennial.

Will Bradley: What Are You Doing Here?: Art in the Place of Politics at OSRAM China Lighting Ltd.
Tuesday, 25 November, 19h, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Will Bradley´s lecture discusses the relationship between art and politics centred on the project “What are you doing here?” (2006), produced by the Siemens Art Program, in which 'the artist Cao Fei works with employees from OSRAM China Lighting to turn their individual ideas, hopes and expectations into art.' The talk will examine how this process worked, and discuss its implications.

Will Bradley is an Oslo-based critic and curator who is currently a guest professor at the Städelschule. He is researching social and economic experiments in contemporary art and has co-founded “The Modern Institute” in Glasgow that produces artists' projects and represents artists. He has co-edited “Self Organisation / Counter-Economic Strategies” (Lukas & Sternberg, 2006) and "Art and Social Change" (Tate, 2007). As a curated he has organized the exhibition "Radical Software" (CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco 2006) and „Forms of Resistance“ (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2007). He is currently working (with curator Cristina Ricupero) on „Manufacturing Today“, a polemical survey of alternatives and oppositions to the neo-liberal instrumentalisation of art and art education.

The Architecture Class presents:
The Pavilion: Interim Passage and Polemics in Art & Architecture - Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2008-9
- a series of public lectures that address the pavilion as typology and idea in relation to architecture and the arts.

Ben van Berkel: Switching On & Off
Thursday, 27 November, 19h, Aula
Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

Ben van Berkel and UNStudio designed and developed over the years a series of pavilions with which they have explored specific themes in architecture. These themes have ranged from the problem of formal and geometric continuity, via circulation and time, to informed surface conditions.

According to Ben van Berkel small and temporary projects are often a great way to test new ideas, to advance themes that form part of longer-lasting preoccupations. ‘What we like to do is work in series. To us, each project is like a still from a film.’

For the Architecture Biennale 2008 in Venice, UNStudio produced the pavilion ‘The Changing Room’. The pavilion explores inside-outside relationships with a geometric organization that twists and folds into itself. As the continuous surfaces peel back and expose the interior, the visitors are confronted with a choreography that summons the intimacy of the changing room and weaves the public and private domains to one another.

Ben van Berkel is Dean of the Städelschule Architecture Class.