Whose City? Radical Democracy
in Architecture & Urban Design
Mon, 16 December 2019, 2 pm
Venue: Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
Hintere Zollamtsstrasse 17, 4th floor, lecture room 1
The lecture is structured around current anti-capitalist struggles over housing and public space. When commons and public space have to be defended and expanded against capital takeovers, the politics of radical democracy maintain the task of deepening democratic relationships. A radical-democratic conception of architecture and urbanism connects with popular agency originating with democratic social and political movements. Entering alliances with anti-racist or feminist politics, planning enters into such articulations not without critically examining his or her own role.
Gabu Heindl, Unit Master at AA London and Urban Design Visiting Professor MAU, Sheffield University. Architect, urbanist and activist, based in Vienna. Head of GABU Heindl Architektur, a studio in Vienna working on public space/buildings, collective housing, urban planning/urban research. PhD in Philosophy, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Postgraduate Master from Princeton University (as Fulbright Scholar), exchange studies at Geidai University, Tokyo. 2013-2017 chairwoman of The Austrian Society for Architecture (ÖGFA). Author of numerous publications, curator of exhibitions and symposia. Her work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture in NY, et al. Gabu lectures internationally, e.g., on housing politics of Red Vienna with regard to contemporary Rebel Cities. Her upcoming book deals with the relationship of architecture and urban planning to radical democracy.
In the Stomach
of the Predators
Thu, 14 November 2019, 7 pm
Venue: Flux 2
Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 7
Twelve images and one video tell the story of the monopolization of seeds. This work on the progressive privatization of common property began with the opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2008 in Norway. Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann examine the problematic nature of this development by drawing on historical investigations on economics and politics and their critical graphic portrayal during the world economic crisis of the 1930s.
Their work covers developments from the beginnings of the agro-industry during the “Dust Bowl” in the USA in the 1930s to the current impact of seed monopolies on global agriculture. It’s a story of disasters and catastrophes in which those who caused the catastrophes in the first place go on to exploit their dynamics to create new “demands” and productivity regimes. The point of departure for the research was the opening of the Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen in 2008, which claims to preserve the planet’s seed diversity, but is in fact financed by the world’s biggest seed monopolists: Syngenta, Monsanto and Pioneer.
The work has been produced for Kunstraum Lakeside, 2005 and 2014/15.