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.
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, ...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).