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17 June 2021
Urgent Pedagogies online platform launch

IASPIS is announcing the Urgent Pedagogies online platform and invites you to the launch. Together with a number of invited architects, artists, curators, activists and thinkers we introduce the platform and reflect on views on pedagogy, urgencies, settings, methodologies and alliances.

Urgent Pedagogies is a project that focuses on the role of alternative pedagogy and spaces for knowledge production in regards to how socially engaged critical spatial practice may act in relation and response to the urgencies of social justice and equality, contested territories and conditions of conflict.

In this launch event we are introducing the Urgent Pedagogies online platform and together with practitioners and thinkers that have been contributing to the project and platform, we will further reflect on the notion of alternative art, architecture and spatial practice pedagogy and it’s urgencies, what may be the transforming methodologies and what kinds of alliances that can be formed.

Participants include Katya Sander, Silvia Franceschini, Nora Akawi, Eduardo Rega, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Alessandro Petti, Mauricio Corbalan, Joana Zatz Mussi, Cibele Lucena, Sandi Hilal, Chris Bratton, Dalida María Benfield, Ou Ning, Elof Hellström, Onkar Kular, Henric Benesch, Anna Colin, Socrates Stratis, Peter Lang, Ana Maria Leon, Andrew Herscher, Merve Gül Özokcu, Michael Leung, Munir Fasheh, Miguel Robles Duran and David Harvey, introduction and moderation by Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.

Video documentation, Urgent Pedagogies online platform launch, 17 June, 3 – 5 pm (CET)

Programme

Introduction
3 pm
Welcome and Introduction
Magnus Ericson and Pelin Tan

Part 1: Perspectives 
3.15 pm
Contributions from Katya Sander, Silvia Franceschini, Nora Akawi & Eduardo Rega, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, moderation by Pelin Tan.

Part 2: Reflections
4 pm
Time for reflections, comments and questions together with project participants, including Alessandro Petti, Mauricio Corbalan, Joana Zatz Mussi, Cibele Lucena, Sandi Hilal, Chris Bratton, Dalida María Benfield, Ou Ning, Elof Hellström, Onkar Kular, Henric Benesch, Anna Colin, Socrates Stratis, Peter Lang, Ana Maria Leon, Andrew Herscher, Merve Gül Özokcu, Michael Leung, Munir Fasheh, Miguel Robles Duran and David Harvey, moderation by Pelin Tan and Magnus Ericson.

Participants (part 1)
Nora Akawi

is a Palestinian architect living in New York. She is an assistant professor of architecture at The Cooper Union. She focuses on architecture’s entanglements in processes of erasure and exclusion in settler colonialism. She teaches a series of interdisciplinary courses on borders and on archives, in collaboration with researchers, artists, and human rights advocates. Prior to joining The Cooper Union, Nora taught at Columbia GSAPP where she was the director of Studio-X Amman. She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary research and design studio Interim Projects.

Magnus Ericson

is a Project Manager at IASPIS, responsible for the design, crafts and architecture related programme. He has a background as curator, project coordinator and educator. 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 a new 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).

Silvia Franceschini

is a curator and researcher working across the fields of visual arts, design, and architecture. She is currently an Associate Curator at Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium. She has in different contexts been working with issues of pedagogy and spaces for learning and knowledge production and in her PhD thesis Toward an Ecology of Knowledges: Critical Pedagogy and Epistemic Disobedience in Contemporary Visual Art and Design Practices she explored and discussed in depth historical and contemporary theory and practice in this field. Curatorial projects include: Le Déracinement. On Diasporic Imaginations, Z33, Hasselt (2021); research program The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2016–18); participation on the curatorial team of The School of Kyiv—Kyiv Biennial 2015; and the exhibition, symposium, and educational program Global Tools 1973–1975: Towards an Ecology of Design, SALT, Istanbul (2014).

Silvia Franceschine is an editor of The Politics of Affinity. Experiments in Art, Education and the Social Sphere, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, 2018, and a co-author of Global Tools 1973–1975. When Education Coincides With Life, Nero Publishing, 2019.

Eduardo Rega Calvo

is a Canarian architect living in New York. He is a full-time lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania’s school of design, where he is also a Senior Fellow at PennPraxis. He teaches history and theory courses and architectural design studios, paying particular attention to architecture’s capacity to translate, operate in, and contribute to insurgent social and political movements. His research and pedagogical project “Architectures of Refusal” focuses on architecture and social mobilization for solidarity economies and decolonial practices. He is co-founder of the interdisciplinary research and design studio Interim Projects.

Katya Sander

is an artist living and working in Berlin, teaching, writing and exhibiting internationally. Her main artistic interests are around the processes through which images, languages and spaces become institutionalised and appear as naturalised, and how these processes influence our way of inhabiting and understanding the world. Katya Sander is Professor at Nordlands Kunst og Filmskole i Kabelvåg, Lofoten, where she is in charge of developing structures and frameworks for teaching, learning and researching artistically for the school at large; i.e. for students as well as for academic staff. Together with Professor Pelin Tan she initiated the research hub Resilient Infrastructures as an example of a framework for content- and interest-driven research in an art- and film-school.

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.

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas

are artists, educators, and co-founders of the Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Urbonas have exhibited internationally including the São Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju, Busan, Taipei Biennales, Folkestone Triennial, Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions, including a solo show at the Venice Biennale and MACBA in Barcelona. Urbonas curated the Swamp School at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. The book Swamps and the New Imagination: On the Future of Cohabitation in Art, Architecture and Philosophy is forthcoming in 2021 (Sternberg, MIT Press). Gediminas is Associate Professor at MIT‘s Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and Nomeda is research affiliate at MIT.

EDITED BY
Magnus Ericson
LAST UPDATED
12-06-2021

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