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25 Nov 2022
Urgent Pedagogies Issue#4 launch

IASPIS is announcing the Urgent Pedagogies Issue#4: Transversality, focusing on various institutional practices in different spatial scales – from urban and regional to continental – that are shaped by social-political struggles and colonial histories.

Issue #4 presents a number of educators, cultural workers, curators, and spatial practitioners who discuss the processes and struggles of organising and engaging with pedagogical programmes that serve as care infrastructure, communal building and decolonial methodology. The contributors delve into transversality as a practice bodily embedded into everyday life, where the institution and instituting is a part of it. In this way, the development of such a practice changes the methods for instituting and influences the political body of an institution. In this launch three perspectives are presented and discussed further.

With Marie Hélène Pereira, Amalia Katopodis and Ola Hassanain, introduction and moderation by Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.

The Issue#4 also includes contributions by Elof Hellström, Anna Colin, Christine Tohmé, Alessandro Petti and Marie-Louise Richards.

Video documentation, Urgent Pedagogies Issue#4 launch, 25 October 2021


Welcome and Introduction
Magnus Ericson and Pelin Tan

Presentations and reflections by Marie Hélène Pereira, Amalia Katopodis and Ola Hassanain

Discussion and Q&A, moderation by Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson

Marie Hélène Pereira

is a Curator and Director of Programs at RAW Material Company where she has organized exhibitions and related discursive programs including the participation of RAW to “We face forward: Art from West Africa Today” Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; ICI Curatorial Hub at TEMP, New York; The 9th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai; MARKER Art Dubai (2013). She co-curated Scattered Seeds in Cali-Colombia (2015-2017) and curated Battling to normalize freedom at Clarkhouse Initiative in Mumbai, India (2017). Pereira was a co-curator of Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog – The Dog Done Gone Deaf. Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh with Dr Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung at the 13th edition of Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African art (2018).

Amalia Katopodis

is an architect and educator, currently lecturing at Umeå University School of Architecture since 2015, where she was Deputy Head and Program Director [2016-2020] responsible for the development and implementation of innovative pedagogical structures and approaches in education. During the past years, in collaboration with Prof. Robert Mull and within the context of UMA and the Global Free Unit she has carried out a number of summer courses and live workshops both in Izmir-Turkey and Lesvos-Greece working closely with local communities and different actors to address the topic of displacement. In recent years and working together with Sangram Shirke this has led to the establishment of the socially embedded live project studio: Architecture for Displaced Populations in Greece and Turkey.

Ola Hassanain

is an architect, artist and researcher working between Sudan and The Netherlands. She trained her focus on the subtle politics of space—namely, how built spaces react to and reinforces violence from state entities, which in turn, creates a built environment that regulates the lives of those who inhabit it. Her most recent work explores an idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Her work tries to develop a spatial vocabulary that follows how ruptures presented by ‘political events’, make it possible to aspire to new kinds of ecologies. Ola’s development of critical spatial practice is partly informed by her post-academic training;  an ongiong Rijksakademie residency, a BAK fellowship 2017-2018 and teaching in HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Sandberg Institute amongst others.

Magnus Ericson

is Head of IASPIS Applied Arts Programme, responsible for the design, crafts and architecture related activities. He has a background as curator, project coordinator and educator working across design, architecture, urbanism and art. Between 2014 and 2018 he developed and managed two experimental postgraduate courses on socially engaged critical practice; Sites and Situations and Organising Discourse, at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Between 2009 and 2014 Magnus Ericson was a Senior Advisor/Coordinator and Curator for the design related programme at Arkdes, Sweden´s National Center for Architecture and Design, in Stockholm. Between 2007 and 2009 he was assigned as a Project Manager at IASPIS to pursue and develop the activities within the fields of design, crafts and architecture. Together with Ramia Maze he was the author and co-editor of DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics (Berlin, Sternberg Press 2011). Together with Pelin Tan he is the curator of Urgent Pedagogies.

Pelin Tan

is the 6th recipient of the Keith Haring Art and Activism and fellow of Bard College of the Human Rights Program and Center for Curatorial Studies, NY, 2019-2020. She is a sociologist, art historian and currently Professor, Fine Arts Faculty, Batman University, Turkey. Tan is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston; and researcher at the Architecture Faculty, University of Thessaly, Volos (2020-2025). She is the co-curator of the Cosmological Gardens project by CAD+SR and she was the curator of the Gardentopia project of Matera ECC 2019. Tan, was a Postdoctoral fellow on Artistic Research at ACT Program, MIT 2011; and a Phd scholar of DAAD Art History, at Humboldt Berlin University, 2006. Her field research was supported by The Japan Foundation, 2011; Hong Kong Design Trust, 2016, CAD+SR 2019. She was a guest professor at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut 2021; Visiting Professor at School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016 and at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, 2018. Between 2013 and 2017 she was an Associate Professor of the Architecture Faculty at Mardin Artuklu University. She is a member of Imece refugee Solidarity Association and co-founder of Imece Academy; advisor of The Silent University and the pedagogical consortium of Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp, Palestine. In 2008 she was an IASPIS grantholder.

Magnus Ericson

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