A.S.T. began as a research project in 2015 focusing on the idea of the global city, looking at Miami as a case study. It’s members come from a range of backgrounds including art, architecture, urban design, curation, education, publishing and cultural theory to establish an interdisciplinary platform upon which to speculate possible futures. Much of their work focuses on sea level rise and urbanism though a series of projects including video installations at the Sharjah Biennale 13, History Miami Museum,The Schmidt Centre Gallery, Boca Raton, Multimedia Cultural Centre, Split. They have done articles and design work commissioned for Art Papers and The Miami Rail.
“Preliminary Course: From Bauhaus to Silicon Valley”
The Bauhaus sought a synthesis of knowledge in which the various forms of knowledge—technical, scientific, emotional, creative—are interconnected. This concept of knowledge was combined with a new pedagogy to emancipate the people, release their potential, and lead to the creation of a “new man.”
“Can the universal be specific?”
Both the Bauhaus and classical modernism as a whole were deeply committed to establishing universal principles of design. In the spirit of the Enlightenment, these movements grounded the practice of design in an approach based on rational, objective, and universally valid principles.
Open call for participation: projekt bauhaus Werkstatt / Datatopia Summer School in the Floating University
With Morehshin Allahyari, Alliance of Southern Triangle, Armen Avanessian, Benjamin Bratton, Beatriz Colomina, Brave New Alps, Keller Easterling, Victoria Ivanova, Olaf Nicolai, Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung, T’ai Smith, Ida Soulard, Georg Vrachliotis, Eyal Weizman, Ines Weizman, Mark Wigley, ...
- Andreas Bernard
(*1969) Professor of Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He studied Literature and Cultural Studies in Munich, and was a research assistant at the universities of Weimar and Konstanz. From 1995 to 2014 he was an editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and since 2014 he is an editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntags- zeitung. He is the author of the books “Kinder machen. Neue Reproduktionstechnologien und die Ordnung der Familie“ (2014), and „Die Geschichte des Fahrstuhls. Über einen beweglichen Ort der Moderne“ (2006).
- Anh-Linh Ngo
(*1974) is an architect, author, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of ARCH+, and co-founder of projekt bauhaus. From 2010 to 2016, he was part of the advisory board of the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, for which he developed the traveling exhibition Post-Oil City in 2009.
He has curated the discussion platform ARCH+ features since 2010. In 2006, he initiated The Making of Your Magazines, which was presented alongside ARCH+ in the journals project at documenta 12.
- Anne-Julchen Bernhardt
Professor of architectural typology at RWTH Aachen University. Her work focuses on research into the infrastructure and architecture of migration processes in Germany and on design-build projects in South Africa and Germany. Together with Jörg Leeser principal of the office BeL Sozietät für Architektur in Cologne.
- Aristide Antonas
works in the fields of philosophy, art, literature, and architecture, and his publications range from literature and theater scripts to essays. His work has been featured at the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Venice and São Paulo Architecture Biennales, Display Prague, the New Museum in New York, Basel’s Swiss Architecture Museum, and at the Vorarlberger Architektur Institut in Austria. In 2015 he won the ArchMarathon prize. He has also been nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Award (2009) and the Iakοv Chernikov Prize (2011). Currently he directs the Master’s Program on Architectural Design at the University of Thessaly, Greece. He has been a visiting tutor at The Bartlett, UCL, and a visiting professor of literature at FU Berlin.
- Armen Avanessian
(*1973) Philosopher, literary theorist, and political theorist. From 2007 to 2014 he taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, held fellowships in the German departments of Columbia University and Yale University, and was visiting professor at various art academies in Europe and the US. In Berlin, he is editor at large at Merve Verlag, and since this fall has been in charge of the theory program at the Volksbühne. He is co-founder of the research platform Spekulative Poetik and the Bureau of Cultural Strategies. He lives in Berlin.
- Beatriz Colomina
is Professor of Architecture and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture. Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Media and Modernity Program, Princeton University.
was founded in 2000 by Anne-Julchen Bernhardt (born in 1971) and Jörg Leeser (born in 1967). Its work has been recognized with major prizes like the Kunstpreis Baukunst (Art Award in Architecture) given by the Akademie der Künste Berlin. In 2016, before the backdrop of the current housing crisis, BeL will be expanding their self-build system “Grundbau und Siedler” to a city scale. The system was presented in their contribution to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Neubau. Bernhardt is a professor of building design at the RWTH Aachen, while Leeser teaches at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Dusseldorf.
- Benjamin Bratton
is sociological, media, and design theorist. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Center for Design & Geopolitics at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology. His work sits at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media & infrastructure, and architectural & urban design problems and methodologies. He is Program Director of the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He is also a Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School in Switzerland and Visiting Faculty at SCI-Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture).
- Bernd Scherer
(*1955) Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The philosopher and author of several publications on aesthetics and international cultural exchange served as director of the Goethe Institute Mexico from 1999 to 2004, and subsequently as director of the Arts Department for the Goethe Institute Head Office in Munich. Previously, Scherer headed the Department of Humanities and Culture at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and served as its deputy director. Since 2011 he has been an honorary professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University of Berlin.
- Birger P. Priddat
(*1950), economist and philosopher, is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the University of Witten/Herdecke. His research interest includes institutional economics, the history of the theory of economics, economic philosophy, the future of work and cultural economics. Priddat has published numerous books, including „Wirtschaft durch Kultur“ (2008), „Politik unter Einfluss“ (2009), „Politische Ökonomie. Neue Schnittstellendynamik zwischen Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Politik (2009), „Wozu Wirtschaftsethik?“ (2010).
- Boris Groys
(*1947) is a philosopher, art critic, and media theorist. Groys was born in (East) Berlin and studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Leningrad from 1965- 1971. In 1981, Groys left the USSR and moved to Germany. From 1994, he was a Professor of Art History, Philosophy, and Media Theory at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Since September 2009, he has been Professor at New York University and since 2013 Professor at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Groys is the author of numerous books, including “The Total Art of Stalinism. Russian Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond” (1992), “The Communist Postscript” (2006), and “Under Suspicion. A Phenomenology of Media” (2012). From January to August 2013 he was the Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Cultural Studies and Media Theory (IKKM), Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.
- Brave New Alps
(*2005, Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz) Brave New Alps produce design projects that engage people in discussing and reconfiguring the politics of social and environmental issues. By combining design research methods with critical pedagogy, community economies, and DIY making, they produce spaces for collective learning and making, publications, and urban interventions. Their long-term, practice-led research COMUNfARE is based in the Italian Alps and explores how designers can contribute to create commons. They live near Rovereto, Sud Tyrol.
- Bureau d'études
is a collective of French artists who live and work in Saint Menoux (France). Bureau d’études is the initiator of a “zone de gratuité” (free zone) that existed in Paris from March 1999 to September 2000. Over 15 years, the group has developed research on the structures of power and capitalism, sometimes with the writer Brian Holmes www.bureaudetudes.org. Bureau d‘études created the “Laboratory planet” newspaper with Ewen Chardronnet www.laboratoryplanet.org. The group lives now in the countryside and works on a 1:1 scale collective project uniting agriculture, the commons and the resymbolization of research www.fermedelamhotte.fr.
- Christian Benimana
holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University and worked with LongiLat Architecture and Research in Shanghai prior to joining MASS in 2010, where he was a Global Health Corps fellow in 2011. He currently heads the implementation of the African Design Centre, a field-based apprenticeship to train top design talent on the continent in impact-based methods, in addition to being chairman of the Education Board of the East African Institute of Architects. Benimana has been involved with design/build projects, development initiatives, and operational and administration leadership. He has also taught at the architecture department of the former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
- Christian Hiller
is a media scholar, curator, and writer. In addition to his work for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2014–2016), the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (2009–2014), and the Hochschule für bildende Kunst Hamburg (2010–2013), he has headed exhibition projects shown in venues like MMCA Seoul, HOK Oslo, MNBA Santiago de Chile, SESC São Paulo, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. He researches and publishes about urbanism, architecture, design, art, performance, film, media, and their societal intersections.
- Christian Salewski
(*1974), architect and urban designer, is founder and partner of Christian Salewski & Simon Kretz Architekten GmbH, Zurich, Senior Assistant and Lecturer for Urban Design at ETH Zurich, Lecturer for Urban Design at the University of Liechtenstein, and Lecturer at the University of Zurich and at the University of St. Gallen. Co-founder of the research platform “Airports and Cities”, Salewski is an expert on urbanization processes at and around major airports. He wrote “Dutch New Worlds. Scenarios in Physical Planning and Design in the Netherlands, 1970-2000”, winning the Medal of ETH Zurich 2012 and the IPHS biennial book prize 2014.
- Claudia Mareis
(*1974) Designer and cultural scientist with a specialization in design studies and design research. Since 2013 she has been director of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures at the Academy of Art and Design Basel and founder of its Critical Media Lab. She is a principal investigator of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) of Iconic Criticism at the University of Basel and the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her current book project deals with the history and practice of creativity and ideation techniques in the 20th century.
- Denisa Kera
(*1974) Philosopher and designer who experiments with various creative strategies of public engagement in science and technology, including the Ethereum blockchain platform, Open Science Hardware, tarot cards, consumer genomics, and food. She is recognized for her ethnographic work on hackerspaces and makerspaces. She was an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, visiting assistant professor at the Arizona State University, and currently teaches in the Future Design program at Prague College. She lives in Tel Aviv.
- Diann Bauer
is an artist and writer based in London. She is part of the working group Laboria Cuboniks who wrote Xenofeminism: A Politics of Alienation and the collaborative A.S.T. whose’s focus is speculative urbanism and climate change. Bauer has screened and exhibited internationally at Tate Britain, the ICA and The Showroom, London, The Sharjah Biennale 13, UAE, Deste Foundation, Athens, The New Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, History Miami Museum and Art Center South Florida, Miami. She has taught and lectured widely at universities and cultural institutions including: Cornell University, Yale University and Cooper Union (US), HKW (Germany), DAI (Netherlands), Ashkal Alwan (Lebanon), Goldsmiths, The Baltic, The Tate and the ICA (UK).
- Elite Kedan
is an artist and registered architect based in Miami. Her combined work explores how technology and production methods intersect with human behaviour, public space, historical context and meaning. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and is adjunct faculty at Florida International University in the Department of Architecture. She is the coeditor of Provisional – Emerging Modes of Architectural Practice USA, published by Princeton Architectural Press; and has been awarded residencies at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL; the Artist in Residence in the Everglades program in Everglades National Park; and the School for Poetic Computation in New York, NY. She is a co-founder of Alliance of the Southern Triangle (A.S.T.), and is currently a resident artist at Art Centre South Florida.
- Ethel Baraona Pohl
(born 1970) is a critic, writer, and curator. She is co-founder, with César Reyes Nájera, of dpr-barcelona, an architectural research practice and independent publishing house. Their research and theoretical work has ties with leading publications in architectural discourse, including their work on the editorial team of Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme, and as Archis advisors for Volume magazine, among others. She was associate curator for the exhibition Adhocracy, in 2012, co-curator of the third Think Space program with the theme “Money,” and recently curated the exhibition Adhocracy ATHENS at the Onassis Cultural Center in 2015.
- Eyal Weizman
is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture. He is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (2017), The Conflict Shoreline (with Fazal Sheikh, 2015), FORENSIS (with Anselm Franke, 2014), Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sterenberg Press, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of All Possible Evils (Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1, 2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines, and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide and was a member of the B’Tselem board of directors.
- Felice Grodin
is an artist with a background in architecture. Her practice focuses on the speculative integration of art and design by developing strategies for modeling our present conditions and making meaningful imprints upon them. She is currently featured in the exhibition Felice Grodin: Invasive Species on view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), curated by Jennifer Inacio. In addition, she is a member of the collaborative A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), an initiative exploring how artistic and cultural possibilities can be reimagined in light of climate change and political volatility by leveraging the dynamics already in process. She has also contributed essays to various publications including The Miami Rail. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University, where her thesis was a recipient of the Thomas J. Lupo Award for Metropolitan Studies, and her Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.
- Franziska Bollerey
(*1944) Prof. Dr. Emerita of History of Architecture and Urban Planning, TU Delft, is head of the Institute of History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism – IHAAU.
She is an expert interested in utopian concepts, metropolises, and the 1920s. She has acted as Visiting Professor at various universities worldwide and has published numerous books and articles. She was head of the Bauhaus Scientific Advisory Board of the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau until the end of 2013.
- Fred Turner
Harry and Norman Chandler Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Stanford University. He is the author of the books The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (2013); From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006); and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (1996; 2001). Before taking up his position at Stanford, he taught communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked as a journalist for ten years.
- Georg Vrachliotis
(1977) is Professor of Architectural Theory and director of the architecture collection (saai) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is co-editor/co-author of the books Complexity. Design Strategy and World View (2008), Simulation. Presentation Technique and Cognitive Method (2009), Code: Between Operation and Narration (2011), Geregelte Verhältnisse. Architektur und technisches Denken in der Epoche der Kybernetik/Architecture and Technical Thinking in the Age of Cybernetics (2009), Structuralism Reloaded. Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism (2011), Fritz Haller. Architekt und Forscher (2015), and curator of the exhibition Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling at ZKM | Center for Art and Media (2016/17). He is member of the advisory board of ARCH+ and lives in Frankfurt am Main.
- Gui Bonsiepe
studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm. Since 1968, he has worked as a designer and consultant for policies of development and industrialization in Latin America. From 1987 to 1989 he worked in software design in California. From 1993 to 2003 he was Professor of Interface Design at the Fachhochschule Köln, and from 2003 to 2005 a Visiting Professor of Integrated Media at the ESDI School of Design in Rio de Janeiro. His most recent publications include “Design, Culture and Society” (2009), and “Do Material ao Digital” (2015).
- Hans Peter Hahn
is a professor of anthropology at Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. His work focuses on material culture, consumption, and migration. In addition to cooperative projects with international museums, he conducts research on consumer goods and mobile phones in West Africa. His publications range from essays on economic issues to essays about bicycles, plastic sandals, mobile phones, and other everyday goods. He wrote the book Materielle Kultur: Eine Einführung (2005) and co-edited the Handbuch Materielle Kultur (2014). He is spokesman for the DFG research training group “Wert und Äquivalent” (GRK 1576) and is a member of the academic advisory council for the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin.
- Heinz Bude
(*1954) studied sociology, philosophy, and psychology. From 1997 to 2015 he headed the “Society of the Federal Republic” at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Since 2000, he has been Professor of Macrosociology at the University of Kassel. His research focuses on the development of generations, exclusions, and entrepreneurs.
- Henk Oosterling
(*1952) is Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he teaches French contemporary philosophy, intercultural philosophy and philosophy of arts. Oosterling’s research project “Intermediality” focuses on the crossovers between philosophy, art and politics with an emphasis on design. Next to this, he is a strategic advisor for urban revitalisation and renovation and director of Rotterdam Skillcity. Oosterling’s main focus is eco-relational urban design. He will present his ideas on design, combining perspectives from art, philosophy and politics. The main precondition for 21st century sustainable citizenship is, however, mental design.
- Henrike Rabe
Founding partner at ARCHIEXP Studio for Interdisciplinary Space Research and Design and a PhD researcher at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She investigates architectures of knowledge such as collaborative spaces, laboratories, and media labs. From 2009 to 2012 she was a senior architect at Kazuhiro Kojima + Kazuko Akamatsu / CAt in Tokyo, where she was responsible for three successful competition entries (e.g. the Nagareyama School, Japan) and for a realized exhibition pavilion at the Yokohama Triennale 2011. Before that she worked as an architect at Brisac Gonzalez Architects in London. She lives in Berlin.
- Ida Soulard
Ida Soulard is a doctoral researcher in art history at l’ENS / PSL University and director of Fieldwork Marfa: an international artist-in-residence program based in Marfa, Texas, and run by Nantes School of Art and HEAD-Genève. In 2011 she co-founded a series of seminars and workshops titled The Matter of Contradiction (2011–2013) and in 2012 co-initiated Glass Beadhttp://www.glass-bead.org/?lang=enview, an online journal and research platform. She currently teaches at Nantes School of Art and is affiliated to HEAD-Genève.
- Ina Kerner
is a political scientist who focuses on political theory and an associate member of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt Universität (HU) in Berlin. From 2009 to 2016, she was a junior professor of diversity politics at the HU, while also conducting fellowships and guest professorships at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, the Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America desiguALdades.net at the Freie Universität Berlin, Goldsmiths University College of London, the Universidade de Brasília, and the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
- Ines Weizman
is director of the Bauhaus-Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and Planning at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and founding-director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA). Among her numerous publications and exhibitions are the installation »Repeat Yourself.« Loos, Law and the Culture of the Copy that was presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and the installation Celltexts with Eyal Weizman. In 2019 she will publish the edited book Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years with Spector Books. Currently she is working on the exhibition of the CDA The Matter of Data. Tracing the Materiality of „Bauhaus Modernism” which will be shown in 2019 at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar und in Tel Aviv at the White City Center.
- Jan Wenzel
Supervised editorially among other things the first German publication of Moholy-Nagy’s last work, “vision in motion”. In his role as a publisher in the literary medium he adopts Moholy’s view that design is not a profession, but an approach.
- Jesko Fezer
Professor of experimental design at the University of Fine Arts (HFBK) Hamburg and co-founder of the specialised bookstore “Pro qm”. Researches and works in diverse cooperation projects with a focus on the political and social dimensions of design.
- Joachim Krausse
(*1943) Professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule Anhalt in Dessau since 1999, where he directs the Master’s course in Integrated Design. At the core of his research, publications, TV documentaries, and exhibitions is the demand for a technical culture and the importance of construction as an embodiment of intelligence. Parallel to his well-known studies on R. Buckminster Fuller, he participated in exhibitions like Visuelle Poesie at Situationen 60 Galerie in Berlin (1964) and Cybernetic Serendipity at ICA London (1967). He is editor at Edition Voltaire and associate editor at ARCH+.
- Joanne Pouzenc
(1981*) Architect, curator,educator, and program coordinator of projekt bauhaus. She co-curated the conference Public Space: Fights and Fictions (2016), Make City Festival (2015), and the Berlin Unlimited festival (2014) and initiated the Atelier d’Architecture Itinérant, which was featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. She currently teaches at École nationale supérieure d’architecture in Toulouse and lectures at NODE Center for Curatorial Studies. She is founder of the Campus for Collaborative Practices, member of the architecture collective ConstructLab, and lives in Berlin.
- Jörg Petruschat
(*1958) is a design theorist and historian, as well as a Professor at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin. He researches design, the professionalism of design and the decoupling of design and growth.
- John Grin
is a Professor of Policy Science at the University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on practices of design and governance of system innovations, including the politics of powering, participation and legitimization. He has developed various methods for socio-technical design, including interactive technology assessment, vision assessment and reflexive design. Grin was also co-founder and co-director of the Dutch Knowledge Network on System Innovations and Transitions (2005-2010) and scientific director of the then Amsterdam School of Social science Research (2006-2010). Currently, he is co-director of the Transnational Configurations, Conflicts and Governance program at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.
- Jussi Parikka
Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, as well as the founding co-director of AMT research group. He has published several books on media archaeology such as What is Media Archaeology? (2012) as well as the media ecology trilogy Digital Contagions (2007), Insect Media (2010), and A Geology of Media (2015). Other books include the co-edited volume Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History: Erkki Kurenniemi in 2048 (2015). He is currently co-writing a book on contemporary humanities and media labs.
- Karin Wilhelm
Professor emeritus for the history and theory of architecture and the city at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Her work has also addressed the Bauhaus and utopian thought in modern architecture.
- Keller Easterling
is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. A recent e-book essay is titled Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2017). Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999). Her research and writing was included in the 2014 Venice Biennale, and will be included in the 2018 Biennale. She lectures and exhibits internationally.
- Lara Schrijver
is Professor of Architecture at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, and was DAAD Guest Professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture in 2013-2014. Her research focus is twentieth-century architecture and its theories. Before coming to Antwerp, she taught at Delft University of Technology and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. She was an editor for OASE for ten years, and served four years on the advisory committee of the Netherlands Fund for Architecture. Her work has been published in the Journal of Architecture, Footprint, and Volume. Her book “Radical Games” (2009) was shortlisted for the 2011 CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award.
- Lilet Breddels
is an art historian living and working in Amsterdam. She is director of the Archis Foundation, a cultural think tank promoting debate on spatial and urban urgencies, and publisher of Volume Magazine. Archis initiates projects, exhibitions and debates all over the world. Breddels is guest teacher, curator and lecturer mainly on issues dealing with the crossroads of art and architecture and its role in society. Her recent exhibitions include “The Good Cause” (with Arjen Oosterman) which investigates the possible role of architecture and urbanism in post-conflict situations, and “Connected” (with Arjen Oosterman) on the self-made city. www.archis.org
- Luigi Snozzi
(*1932) is an influential architect, city planner, and teacher. He has long been a guest lecturer at ETH Zurich, and from 1885 to 2007 was Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne. He began his career at the end of the 1950s by opening his office in Locarno. He is best known for his long-term development of the small town of Monte Carasso. Building is, for him, a public matter, and Snozzi designs with a deep respect for the history of the location. Influenced by his participating in various planning collectives in the early 1970s and the belief that architecture and building always has a political dimension, he has continually sought discussion on every project.
- Margarete Vöhringer
is an art historian and Head of the “Visuelles Wissen” research project, as well as “Das Auge im Labor” at the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin. The subject of her Ph.D at Humboldt-University of Berlin in 2006 was “Avant-Garde and Industrial Psychology: Science, Art, and Technique in Perception Experiments in the Early Soviet Union”. Her work focuses on the changing relationships between science, art and society, local and global forms of knowledge (particularly between Germany and Russia), practices and materials in knowledge creation, cultural ways of seeing, and the Russian avant-garde.
- Marion von Osten
(born in 1963) focuses on cultural production in postcolonial societies, technologies of the self, and the governance of mobility through her activities as a curator, researcher, and publisher of books and catalogues. She is currently curating the exhibition Migrant Bauhaus, which will be on world tour from 2017 to 2019. Between 2006 and 2012, she held a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and was Professor for Artistic Practice at HGK Zurich from 1999 to 2006. She is a founding member of the Center for Post-Colonial Knowledge and Culture, Berlin, and Labor k3000 Zurich.
- Mark Wigley
is Professor of Architecture at Columbia University who explores the intersection of architecture, art, philosophy, culture, and technology. His books include: Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction, White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture, Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire, and Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio. He is the co-author of Are We Human: Notes on an Archeology of Design with Beatriz Colomina in association with their curation of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial. He has also curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and The Drawing Center in New York; the Witte de With and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. His latest book is Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Lars Müller, 2018).
- Matteo Pasquinelli
(born 1974) is a philosopher whose work occupies the intersection of political philosophy, media theory, and cognitive sciences. He teaches as visiting professor in media theory at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe. He has previously taught at the Pratt Institute in New York. The works he has edited include the anthologies Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and its Traumas (2015) and Algorithms of Capital (2014).
- Morehshin Allahyari
(*1985) Iranian artist and activist. Her modeled, 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of twelve ancient artifacts from Syria and Iraq destroyed by ISIS in 2015, titled Material Speculation: ISIS (2015–2016), have received widespread attention. The data required for the reconstruction were saved on a data stick together with research material – for the potentially infinite replication of the lost cultural assets. Recent exhibition participations include Mutations-Créations: Imprimer le monde at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2017), Factory of the Sun & Missed Connections at the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf (2016), and A World of Fragile Parts for the Victoria & Albert Museum at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2016). She lives in New York.
- Nicolay Boyadjiev
is an architect and design strategist based in Montreal and Moscow. He is working at the
intersection of architecture, technology, and platform urbanism, with his recent projects focusing on addressability and cognitive extraction at the urban scale. His design and conceptual work has received multiple awards and has been showcased in Volume, Moinopolis, Fast Company, and AIA Architect Magazine. He is currently the Design Tutor of the program The New Normal at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.
- Nikolaus Kuhnert
Co-publisher of the journal “ARCH+”. Has dealt since the 1970s with the utopian surplus of modernism and has not least cultivated an intensive, long-standing collaboration with theco-founder of HfG Ulm, Otl Aicher.
- Olaf Nicolai
develops interdisciplinary projects in the tradition of conceptual art which scrutinize the basic experiences of space, time, and materiality. He makes theories and findings from science and the arts accessible in an aesthetic and artistic way, he works with mathematical models and universal algorithms, and he links art with observations on markets and materialism. His mural Le pigment de la lumière for the interior of the new Gropius and Moholy-Nagy houses which opened in Dessau in 2014 refers to light studies by the Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy. Nicolai is professor of sculpture and the basics of three-dimensional design at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. His works have been shown internationally in many solo shows and have received many awards.
- Orit Halpern
Associate Professor of Interactive Design at Concordia University in Montreal. She works on histories of cybernetics, digital technologies, the human and cognitive sciences, and design. She also directs the research lab Speculative Life Cluster on speculative ethnography, fiction, design, and art. Her book Beautiful Data (2015) is a history of interactivity, data visualization, and ubiquitous computing. She is currently working on two books: the first is a history and theory of “smartness,” the second is about extreme infrastructures.
- Paloma Strelitz
(*1987) Architect and co-founder of the multidisciplinary collective Assemble, which began collaborating in 2010. In 2015, Assemble were awarded the Turner Prize for their community project Granby Four Streets, for which they renovated houses in a deprived area of Liverpool in collaboration with its inhabitants, thus preventing their demolition. Assemble is made up of 18 members, working across architecture, design, and art. In 2017, the Architekturzentrum in Vienna presented the survey show “How we build.” Strelitz lives in London.
- Patricia Margarita Hernández
is a New York-based curator invested in collaborative art production and research. Hernandez’s work has focused on climate change and coastal city development within a neoliberal schema. Hernandez is a member of the Alliance of the Southern Triangle (A.S.T.), a platform for artists and architects to speculate on climate change within coastal cities. Alongside curators Domingo Castillo and Natalia Zuluaga, she co-founded Public Displays of Professionalism, a research platform focused on the ways in which Miami’s image, financial capital, and information flows generate “creative” business models, neighbourhood redevelopments, and high-end retail centres, all of which leverage a particular mode of [relaxed tropicality]. She is currently the Associate Director of A.I.R., the first all female artists cooperative gallery in the United States. Hernandez received her M.A. at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
- Philipp Oswalt
(*1964) is an architect, writer, Professor of Architecture Theory and Design at the University of Kassel, as well as an associated investigator at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He worked as an editor of ARCH+ and an architect for OMA in Rotterdam. He was the lead curator of the project Shrinking Cities for the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), and is the co-founder of Urban Catalyst and Volkspalast. From 2009 to 2014, he was director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. He lives in Berlin.
- Plan Bude
is an interdisciplinary team from Hamburg, working in art, social work, film, music and architecture. PlanBude emerged from the planning of the “St. Pauli selber machen” conference. PlanBude‘s goal was to organize the district‘s participation in the construction
of the new ESSO-buildings.
- Reinhold Martin
Co-publisher of the interdisciplinary journal “Grey Room” and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. There, he is head of both the PhD programme in architectural history and theory and the Buell Centre. In “Utopia’s Ghost”, he dealt with the repercussions of the utopian in architecture.
- Reinier de Graaf
(*1964) Architect. He joined Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1996. In 2002 he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and has overseen its increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning. De Graaf has worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Innovation Center, the “Russian Silicon Valley.” He recently curated On Hold at the British School in Rome (2011) and Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012). He is the author of Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession (2017) and lives in Rotterdam.
- Ruben Pater
creates visual narratives about geopolitical issues under the name Untold Stories. He initiates projects that involve investigative research, followed by visual storytelling techniques aimed at a wide audience, creating new relations between journalism and design. His work Drone Survival Guide (2013) received worldwide attention as an educational and activist tool against military drones. Research into disaster communication in times of climate change resulted in the First Dutch Flood Manual (2011). Double Standards (2012) was an installation and publication about the role of global maritime trade in Somali piracy. His first book, The Politics of Design (2016), is global guide for designers toward more responsible visual communication. He received an MA in design from the Sandberg Institute and currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
- Sabine Drewes
as served as consultant for municipal policy and urban development and she is Head of Local Politics and Urban Development at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung since 2007. She studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2002 to 2006, she was the editor of Kommunalpolitische Infothek. Prior to that, she was a publicity consultant for the Grüne/Alternative coalition in councils in North Rhine-Westphalia (GAR-NRW) and was a voluntary worker for the Grüne party councils in Düsseldorf and Dortmund (including a stint as “expert citizen” in the city of Dortmund’s Foreign Residents Committee). From 1994 to 1997 she worked as a freelance journalist in Berlin (where her bylines included Zitty, DeutschlandRadio, Deutsche Welle Fernsehen, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
- Shaina Anand
(*1975) filmmaker, artist, and co-founder of CAMP. Since 2007, the collaborative studio has dealt with the history and politics of technology, experimental video- and audio-recordings, databases and networks. They co-initiated the Pad.ma online footage archive and the Indiancine.ma database for Indian cinema, co-run the R and R community space, and curate their own film program at CAMP Rooftop. Recent exhibition participations include Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017), documenta 13 and 14 (2012, 2017) and biennales in Shanghai (2014), Gwangju (2012), and Kochi-Muziris (2012). In 2015, the major survey show As If I-V toured through Kolkata, New Delhi, and Mumbai. She lives in Mumbai.
- Stephan Trüby
(born 1970) is a professor of architecture and cultural theory at the Technical University of Munich. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London. His most significant academic posts include: visiting professorship in Architecture at the Karlsruhe College of Arts and Design (2007–2009), director of the post-graduate program “Spatial Design” at the Zurich University of Arts (2009–2014), and lecturer at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (2012–2014). He was a co-curator of the 2014 Biennale of Architecture in Venice and is a regular contributor to ARCH+ and Archithese.
- T’ai Smith
(1975) is associate professor of art history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research focuses on media theory and textiles in the expanded field of conceptual and material practices. Author of Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), she is currently completing a book manuscript, Fashion After Capital*, on the interdependence of fashion and capital beginning in the mid-19th century as it becomes manifest in material culture, political economy, philosophy, and art.
- Tomás Saraceno
(*1973). After attaining his architecture degree at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in Argentina, Tomás received postgraduate degrees in art and architecture. In 2009, he attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. The same year Saraceno presented a major installation at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, and was later awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. In recent years, Saraceno’s work has been shown in international solo and group exhibitions in Vienna, Paris, Düsseldorf. His work has also been exhibited in public museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2012) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011-12).
- Victoria Ivanova
is a curator, writer and consultant living in London. Her focus is on systemic and infrastructural conditions that shape socio-economic, political and institutional realities. To this extent, she develops (i.e. research, write about, curate programmes, do public talks and consult on) innovative approaches to policy, finance and rights in the sphere of contemporary art and beyond. She is the co-founder of Izolyatsia, Real Flow and Bureau for Cultural Strategies (bux).
- Walter Prigge
(born in 1946) is a sociologist and urbanist. He wrote his habilitation on urbanism and intellectual movements in the twentieth century at the Universität in Frankfurt am Main, and worked there as a lecturer and independent urban researcher. From 1996 to 2011, he worked with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation on events, exhibitions, and books on architecture, the city, and modernism. These activities and publications covered topics like standardisation in the built culture, modernity and the savage, and the periphery and shrinking cities. He became a senior fellow at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in 2014.
- Wolfgang Ulrich
(*1967) studied philosophy, art history, the logic and theory of science, and German studies in Munich, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1994 for his research on Martin Heidigger. He then worked as a freelance author, lecturer, and consultant. From 1997 to 2003, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich; this was followed by a Visiting Professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Between 2006 and 2015 he was Professor of Art History and Media Theory in Karlsruhe. Currently, Ullrich is a freelance writer, cultural theorist, and consultant.
- Zones Urbaines Sensibles
The duo Van Boxel and Koreman and their office ZUS work on solicited and unsolicited designs and research in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design. A typical result of their proactive methodology is the Test Site Rotterdam, where Van Boxel and Koreman have turned a vacant office block in the middle of Rotterdam into an urban laboratory, now known as the Schieblock. The site is accessed by a 340 meter long wooden pedestrian bridge, the Luchtsingel, that will re-connect separated parts of Rotterdam‘s fragmented city center. Tim Peeters and Jouke Sieswerda of ZUS will participate in the symposium.